Sex ed for grown ups
We’ve never been better at asking for what we want in the bedroom. But has our education kept up with our new attitude?
Our libido is on the rise, and so are STIS
SSexually, we’ve come a long way. Women have never been more empowered, or more informed. But it turns out that our new-found sexual fabulousness goes hand in hand with less fabulous news – STIS are on the rise. Chlamydia is still the most common, “but in the last few years gonorrhoea diagnoses in 25- to 39-yearold women have increased by about 90 per cent,” says Professor Rebecca Guy from the Kirby Institute, which compiles an annual STI report in Oz. More fun trivia? Syphilis cases are also rising. Yikes!
“Overseas travel is a suspected contributor – people have sex in countries where STIS are rife, condoms break or slip off if someone is a bit drunk, and then they bring infections back with them,” says Professor Christopher Fairley, director of Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.
And it’s not just infections we need to think about – almost one in five of us have experienced an unplanned pregnancy, reveals a survey by Galaxy Research and MSD Australia (although it’s estimated that figure may be closer to 50 per cent).
If all of this has put the willies up you
(pun intended), there’s good news: sex ed 2018-style offers new ideas, new inventions and less cringe factor. Here’s the lowdown…