Aug 052011

Question: What kind of piercings can a hemophiliac get?

Answer: Hemophilia is a condition where a person’s blood doesn’t clot very well. Any wound that bleeds is likely to continue bleeding for some time. Cartilage piercings (like the upper ear or nose) don’t bleed very much because cartilage had a poor blood supply. In theory, cartilage piercings may be safe for people with hemophilia. However, a person with hemophilia should seek a medical opinion before having any kind of piercing done.


Question: Can fecal matter in the vagina cause infections?

Answer: Yes. That’s why no object (including penises and fingers) should go directly from the anus to the vagina. The digestive tract has all sorts of bacteria. These bacteria do no harm there (and actually help our digestion), but could do harm in other places like the vagina.


Question: Are transgendered people at higher risk of violence?

Answer: Trans people are often attacked, harassed, and sexually assaulted. Roughly 60% of trans people have been assaulted and about half have been bullied in their K-12 school (Source).


Question: How can a post-op transsexual practice safe sex?

Answer: The same way any other person can. Barriers such as male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, and gloves are all helpful for preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. I haven’t seen any statistics, but I suspect that post-op trans women are more likely than cis women to have vaginal tearing during penetration, so their risk of catching HIV or hepatitis might be higher during penetrative sex.


Question: What should I do for a rope burn that removed skin?

Answer: Treat it like any other burn. Consult a medical professional if you need to.


Question: Does having foreplay cause problems if you don’t have sex?

Answer: Not really. Men may experience blue balls, which can be painful, but isn’t known to cause any long term problems.

Jul 022011

I’ve gotten some questions in, so it’s time to do a question and answer post!


Question: Can urethral sounding be done with cooking oil?

Answer: NO. Cooking oil = edible fat = energy. Micro-organisms (like bacteria) can use it as a source of food. Using cooking oil in the urethra can increase your chances of a urinary tract infection (or bladder infection or kidney infection…). Use a lubricant without glycerin instead.


Question: Can rubber urethral sounds be used by women?

Answer: Rubber should not be used for sounds for women or men. Why? They cannot be sterilized at home. The recommended method of sterilization (very hot steam in a pressure cooker) will ruin the rubber (Source). Stick to sounds made of stainless steel to be safe.


Question: Why does urethral sounding feel good?

Answer: That depends on whether your genitals are male or female. For men, it can stimulate the corpus spongiosum, which can be pleasurable. For women, it can stimulate the Skene’s Gland, which can also be pleasurable.


Question: Do heterosexual women get anal cancer?



Question: What kind of steel is used in genital piercings?

Answer: Surgical steel. There are a few grades of surgical steel that are appropriate. Specifically, “steel that is ASTM F-138 compliant or ISO 5832-1 compliant; ISO 10993-(6,10, or 11) compliant; or (EEC [European Economic Community] Nickel Directive compliant.)” (Source).


Question: Can HPV be passed by oral sex?

Answer: Yes. It’s been implicated in head and neck cancers for that very reason.


Question: Why is it bad to do rope bondage on joints?

Answer: Two big reasons. First, joints are very sensitive. If they get damaged, they take a long time to recover and may not recover at all. So it’s best to avoid damage. Second, a lot of nerves and blood vessels travel through joints. This makes them ideal for cutting off blood/nerve supply to a limb… definitely a no-no.


Question: Can a post-operative transsexual have an orgasm?

Answer: Yes. The quality of the orgasm may be different than it was before transition. A recent study came out about sexual health for transmen.


Question: Would a genital piercing affect the way I pee?

Answer: If it passes through the urethra, yes. If it could be in the path of the urine, yes (e.g., labia or foreskin piercings). Otherwise, probably not.