Glossary

Bio-boys: People who are born as what we usually consider “male” – i.e. they have XY sex chromosomes, penis and scrotum, and secondary male characteristics.


Bio-girls
: People who are born was what we usually consider “female” – i.e. they have XX sex chromosomes, female genitalia and secondary female characteristics.

Erectile Dysfunction: Inability to achieve or maintain an erection. Previously called impotence.

Fetish: An object or situation that must be present for a fetishist to become aroused and orgasm. This is different than someone who simply likes or is “into” something.

Fluid-bound: A couple who are “fluid bound” feel safe coming into direct contact with each other’s fluids, while perhaps having other partners they don’t share this with and with whom they would use condoms and other barriers.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: General infection of any or all of the reproductive organs in women – the uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, etc. It can lead to scarring and is the leading cause of infertility. It’s quite common for an affected to woman to feel no symptoms and is most often caused by sexually transmitted infections.

Meatus: Openings into the body, but here I mean the urinary meatus into the urethra in the penis.

PC Muscles: The pubococcygeal muscle supports the pelvic area and is important in sexual function in both men and women. Strengthening it can increase the ability to orgasm, and the intensity of them. Please see here for more details.

Perineum: The area between the anus and scrotum on males, and between the anus and vagina on females. It is also called the taint or choad/chode. Many people enjoy direct, intense stimulation of this area, especially males since it can stimulate the prostate.

Phthalates: Compound used to soften plastics, found in many sex toy materials, including PVC. There is some concern about it being a carcinogen. See here for more details.

Pre-orgasmic: The term that has replaced “anorgasmic” (which means non-orgasmic). It applies to someone, usually used for women, who have not learned to orgasm yet.

Priapism: An erection that lasts for four or more hours and requires medical intervention to avoid permanent damage.

Prostatitis: Inflammation and/or infection of the prostate. It is commonly caused by bacteria.

PVC: Polyvinyl chloride. It’s found in a lot of sex toys, and some fetish-wear. PVC contains phthalates, many of which have become a health concern. Please see here for more details.


Retrograde Ejaculation
:
An ejaculation that goes into the bladder rather than being expelled out of the body. It can occur in both men and women and is completely harmless and is only a concern when male fertility is an issue.


Safer sex
: A term used to acknowledge that we cannot guarantee absolute “safe” sex and we all make personal, informed decisions on what risks we are willing to take.

STI: Stands for “sexually transmitted infection” and is used more commonly now than STD, since many sexual “diseases” are infections, not diseases.

Stress Incontinence: Loss of control of urine caused by coughing, sneezing, laughing or any other pressure put on the bladder. It’s often found in older women and/or women who have given birth.

Talc: An extremely soft mineral found in makeup and baby powder. There is some concern about it being carcinogenic and it should never be used by women on toys since it has been linked to cervical cancer.

Vaginismus: Painful, involuntary spasms of the vaginal muscles that make sex extremely uncomfortable and sometimes impossible. Please see here for more details.

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