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Young Age Sex; What it can do to your Body?

By Blue Rose on Sunday, 30 of August , 2009 at 12:00 pm

The consequences of having sex when you’re in your teens don’t seem to be real. Statistics after statistics have shown us that while the number of teens having experience with sex is not declining, knowledge on STDs and birth control methods (whether natural or artificial) is not on the rise. Proof of this is the fact that one-third of women between the ages of 20 to 24 years old gave birth to their first child before turning 21, and that “of the estimated 1.7 million babies being born every year, around 30 percent comes from young women,” cites Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) in a press conference.

young filipina momCollege student Lily, who admits to being sexually active, also ‘fesses up that she and her boyfriend don’t us any kind of protection. “I don’t want to take pills and my boyfriend isn’t too keen on using a condom,” she says. “Sometimes we abstain, but when we do it, I just really hope that I don’t get pregnant. I don’t worry about the other bad stuff because my boyfriend is faithful to me and we’re young. So far we’ve been lucky.”

Relying on luck though when it comes to life-altering choices is never ever that reliable. But the problem is most teens don’t think that those choices they’re making about sex now can alter their lives to begin with. According to many studies on adolescent psychiatry, most teens fail to see how their actions now will affect their future.  Have sex now, worry later. Others, without knowledge on what they’re getting into, don’t even know what to worry about.

The risk of early premarital sex

Although unwanted pregnancies and STDs are the more immediate consequences teens might face due to early sexual activity, what’s happening to their body should also be of concern. As adolescents are still in a stage of development, so are their reproductive organs. Because when you engage in early sexual activity, you’re exposing the immature cells (in your developing reproductive organs) to external environmental factors – like the coitus (or intercourse). The cervix is not yet ready to take on the kind of activity. So what happens is through the years the cells grow into dysplastic or abnormal cells. Those developing abnormal cells put one at high risk in developing cervical cancer. Another risk factor is promiscuity, the more partners you have, that’s also a problem. The good thing is cervical cancer doesn’t happen overnight; however, this just makes the risk not all that immediate, hence not a reality for many sexually active teens. But the risk is so real; more than half of women who developed cervical cancer later in life became sexually active at an early age.

young filipina woman is like a newly bloomed flowerHow do you stop yourself from being at risk?

- The most sensible (and obvious) way is to wait it out. Postpone having sex until you’re emotionally and biologically ready for the responsibilities and consequences sex entails.

- If you’re already sexually active, be monogamous. Having different sexual partners increases your chances of acquiring different STDs and developing a reproductive tract cancer (the most common of which is cancer of the cervix).

- Be aware of your body. If you’re not sexually active or if you’re monogamous, if you get infection in the cervix – characterized by a lot of vaginal discharge, which can be abnormal in color or with an abnormal smell – consult your family physician or gynecologist. Don’t let such infections go untreated because they can develop more abnormalities in your cervix.

- As soon as you start having sex or at the age of 25, you should get an annual pap smear screening.

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Safer Sex Guidelines 2

By Blue Rose on Thursday, 9 of April , 2009 at 5:21 pm

This is the continuation of the safer sex guidelines 1.

Use spermicides containing nonoxynol-9. This is the active ingredient in most spermicides sold in the United States. It’s actually a mild detergent that destroys HIV by bursting its protein membrane. It also kills microbes that cause other STD’s, including herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis. Generally, in fact, protecting yourself against AIDS with spermicide and condoms also protects you against a whole host of other STDs as an added bonus.

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Beware of open sores. Open sores increase risk. In order to infect a new host, the virus must somehow enter that person’s blood stream. Normally, intact, healthy skin provides a nearly insurmountable barrier against HIV. Even if you get some infected blood or semen against your skin, this is almost invariably safe. But if you have open sores on your genitals or in your mouth, the virus has a portal of entry directly into the bloodstream. Studies of homosexual men have shown that those with herpes, syphilis or chancroid (all STDs that produce open sores if untreated) are at greater risk of becoming infected with HIV than men who are free of genital ulcers. This is also why unprotected anal, intercourse, which tears the lining of the rectum, is one of the riskiest of all sexual behaviors.

Can HIV penetrate the mucous lining of the vagina, rectum or mouth if there are no cuts or sores? The answer to this is not known, because it’s never been tested in humans (and, for ethical reasons, never will be). To protect yourself, whatever the answer: Use condoms.                     

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   Syphilis lesions on a patient’s back97px-syphilis_lesions_on_back    Avoid high-risk practices. Being on the receiving and of unprotected anal intercourse is probably the riskiest sexual practice of all. (Don’t forget, though, that both partners are at risk in anal intercourse). Even using condoms is not entirely safe: With vaginal intercourse, about 1 in 100 condoms will break, but with anal intercourse, 10 in 100 will break, studies have found.

Worldwide, probably the most common mode of transmission is unprotected penis-in-vagina intercourse. Again: Don’t do it without using spermicide and a condom.

Don’t do unprotected sex with multiple partners, prostitutes or drug users. It’s also unsafe to have sex with someone who has had sex with multiple partners, drug users or prostitutes. Unfortunately, although it’s great to know the sexual history of your sex partner, the plain fact is that no area of life is more right with secrets – and – lies – than a persons sexual past. In one astounding study, 52 percent of sexually active HIV carriers admitted they had, at one time or another concealed their illness from a sex partner. So just because a sex partner tells you he or she hasn’t done anything risky doesn’t mean you can believe it.

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Chancres on the penile shaft due to a primary syphilitic infection97px-penis_syphilisWhen you ask people what they are doing to reduce their risk of getting AIDS, they often say, I’m being more careful about who I have sex with. But this is really very little help, because you simply can’t tell by looking at someone if they’re infected. After all, how do you think people are getting infected?  They’re getting infected by having sex with people they think are not infected.

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