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Sexpress – Issue 1

Welcome to the newest venture of the Express, the UCC Sexpress!

We have come together to bring a page of advice for all things sex related. In an age where the internet has so many answers for everything, it is becoming ever so easy to feel misinformed; whether it be by the bad advice your friend just sent to you over WhatsApp, or the questionable porn you just watched to learn some new “tricks,” the Sexpress aims to provide you with reliable peer- to-peer information in a safe and accessible space for all.

If you have any interest in writing for the Sexpress, whether you want to tell people how to make a dental dam from a condom, your feminist theory of pornography, or about your experience with sextoys, email sexpress@uccexpress.ie. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Ask Sexpress

You asked our resident sexpert, she responded…

I can’t get off to anything but hentai, help! 🙁

Firstly, assess your situation and ask yourself if you think you have an addiction. If so, it would probably be best to seek professional advice. You have already made the first step by becoming aware of this problem, I have the utmost faith that you will find a way to overcome it.

Hi there,

I need some help with an issue I’m having. I’m sleeping with 4 different girls right now. I met them all through tinder in my area and haven’t had any problems before now. However I recently found out that one of them is actually related to me. I don’t know if she knows or at least she hasn’t said anything if she does. She’s really hot but it feels so weird, what should I do?

In this instance I think you can afford to drop her from your roster of girls, no matter how hot she is.

Heya,

The guy I’m sleeping with is hung like a baby’s arm holding an orange. Despite lots of foreplay/lube, sometimes I bleed a bit after sex. Any other tips? (Heh)

Post-coital bleeding, or PCB, is actually more common than you would think. There can be a large variety of reasons for this bleeding, including sexually transmitted infections, having a sensitive cervix or it could be a side effect of a hormonal contraception you use, as they can lead to the thinning of the uterine wall… or maybe this penis is just too big for you. The bleeding could also be caused by something more serious, such as a growth, so my advice would definitely be to consult a medical professional. It is probably within your best interests to get it checked, and the UCC Student Health Department is free for UCC students; the address is Ardpatrick, College Road, and they can be contacted on +353 (0)21 4902311.

Dear Sexpress,

I think I have an STD, where can I go to get checked (preferably somewhere near college)?

The UCC Student Health Department does free STI screenings, all you have to do is make a booking! The address of the Student Health Department is Ardpatrick, College Road and they can be contacted on +353 (0)21 4902311. Alternatively, you can also get tested for free at the Cork Sexual Health Centre, located on 16 Peters Street, Cork. Their email is is info@sexualhealthcentre.com or you can call their helpline at 021 427 6676.

If you have any burning questions (or ‘burning’ anything else) you want our resident Sexpert to answer or help you with, go to uccexpress.ie/sexpress or email sexpress@uccexpress.ie.

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Sex Myth or Sex Fact?

“People can control the blood flow of their periods, and they don’t need tampons or any other sanitation product.”

  • This very strange thought process has recently come to light over all platforms of social media after the twitter account of a very misinformed man went viral. In an obscure string of tweets, he claimed that sanitation and hygiene products for menstruation are a waste of money as people can control the blood flow in a similar manner as one controls urination. I think its safe to call this one a myth.

“Masturbation reduces PMS cramps.”

  • Believe it or not, this has been proven as a fact! Though it doesn’t work for everyone, doctors have confirmed that in some cases masturbation does reduce the pain of cramps, as reaching climax allows the uterus to contract, thus breaking the cramping cycle. In fact, masturbation has also been found to have many other healing qualities, such as reducing headaches, relieving stress and helping those with insomnia sleep. Hurrah.

“You can’t really contract an STI through oral sex.”

  • This could be true if everyone got regularly tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and if barriers were used such as condoms and dental dams, but that is not the case. These days you can contract a multitude of STIs through oral sex, such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes simplex virus (types 1 and 2), Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). So if you’re sexually active make sure to get regular STI testing.