Sex Tips for Boring People: Birth Control Pregnancies, Shrinkage, and Third Nipples

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Sex Tips for Boring People will take your sex life from vanilla to passion fruit. Or at least from vanilla to vanilla bean. Find more sexy advice right here.

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How likely is it that a woman on oral birth control gets pregnant?

Truth time: it's rare. If a woman is responsible about taking her pill, it is highly unlikely that she will get pregnant. You're hovering around 1% if you are doing it correctly. That said, there is an exception to every rule.

"Failure of the contraceptive pill does occur, though rarely if women take the pill every day and around the same time every day," says Dr. Michael Krychman, executive medical director of The Sexual Health Center in Orange County. "When failure happens is when a woman forgets a pill for a day or so, or even takes the pill... at different times. Remember, new low-dose pills are low dose. They are effective if taken at the same time every day.

I advise women to link it to a daily activity that they do all the time and roughly at the same time, like brushing your teeth. And yes, you should set an alarm on the weekends, and no sleeping in if you take it in the morning. According to some sources, in the real, typical world, nine out of 100 users will become pregnant. With perfect use, one or fewer will become pregnant."

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Is penis shrinkage inevitable as a man gets older?

Short answer? Yep.

Longer answer: use it or lose it.

"Penis shrinkage is avoidable by using the penis," says Dr. Darius Paduch, an associate professor of urology and reproductive medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. "Like any organ, atrophy is from failure to use. We recommend two to three sexual activities with full, rigid erections per week for all men, regardless of age."

That’s probably the best prescription you will ever get. Enjoy.

Do people actually have third nipples?

Indeed they do, and not just on Chandler Bing. They are called "supernumerary nipples," and they can exist. "Accessory breast tissue can refer to two different entities, either polymastia or polythelia," says Dr. David Saunders, MD. "Polymastia indicates any accessory breast tissue of any kind. Polythelia refers to supernumerary nipples, aka accessory nipples, aka third nipples. Roughly 1% of the population, both males and females, have accessory breast tissue -- either polymastia or polythelia, at birth."

In most cases, this additional breast tissue can have a small areola and a nipple. Usually these don't have any symptoms or side effects and surgery is an option if you're self-conscious about it.

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