A Guide to Sexual Health Terminology for Young Adults

Sexual Health Terminology

Understanding Sexual Health Terminology is not easy for all of us. At times, we need guidance to understand the basic sexual health lingo. 

Now, I know it might sound a bit clinical at first, but see, understanding the sexual health terminology isn’t just about knowing big words; it’s about taking charge of our bodies and our health.

Think about it: if we know the terms, and understand their meaning, we can talk openly about our bodies, different sexual health issues, and what we need to stay safe and healthy. It’s like having a secret code for understanding our well-being!

So, here is a small effort on our part. 

Let’s together explore and break down some of these Sexual Health Terminology, making them easy to understand.

Sexual Health Terminology: A to Z

Without any further ado, let’s quickly look at the A to Z Sex Glossary: 

Sexual Health Terminology

Sexual Health Terminology Start with A

Abdominal hysterectomy: When the uterus is surgically removed through an incision in the abdomen. 

Abortion: The termination (ending) of a pregnancy, which may occur naturally (a miscarriage) or through medical intervention. 

Abstinence: The voluntary choice of not taking part in any sexual activity. This decision is personal and can be made for various reasons, like religious beliefs, personal values, or health reasons. It’s important to understand that abstinence is a choice and can be changed when desired.

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS): it is the final and most serious stage caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV weakens the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight infections and diseases. It’s a global concern that requires medical treatment and management.

Adolescence: The transitional stage between childhood and adulthood. It is marked by physical, emotional, and social changes. It’s a period of exploration, growth, and development, including the onset of puberty and sexual maturation.

Adrenarche: The early stage of puberty when secondary sexual characteristics begin to develop. This includes the growth of pubic hair, body odor, sexual attraction, and acne. 

Afterbirth: The placenta and other uterine tissues that are expelled from the body after childbirth. 

Age of consent: The legal age at which a person can engage in sexual activity as defined by the law. It varies by country and region, but it’s essential to understand and respect these laws to avoid legal consequences and protect oneself from exploitation.

Amenorrhea: The absence of menstruation in women, which can be temporary or long-term and may have various underlying causes, including hormonal imbalances, pregnancy, or medical conditions.

Anal Sex: Sexual activity in which there is penetration of the anus.

Anorgasmia: The inability to achieve sexual climax or orgasm even after enough stimulation. It can have physical or psychological causes and may require medical evaluation and treatment to address underlying issues.

Asexual: A sexual orientation characterized by a lack of sexual attraction or desire towards others. Moreover, people who identify as asexual may still experience romantic attraction or form intimate relationships without sexual involvement. 

Sexual Health Terminology Start with B

Bacteria: Microscopic organisms responsible for some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea.

Bacterial Vaginosis: The most prevalent vaginal infection among women of reproductive age. Bacterial vaginosis often leads to thin, milky vaginal discharge with a “fishy” odor. It occurs due to a combination of various bacteria.

Balls: Informal term referring to a man’s testicles.

Balanitis: Inflammation of the glans (head) of the penis.

Balanoposthitis: Inflammation affecting both the head and the foreskin of the penis.

Bartholin’s Glands: Small glands located on either side of the vaginal opening that produce mucus.

Barrier Method: It is a contraceptive method that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. Some examples include condoms, caps, and femidoms.

Birth Control: Methods used to prevent pregnancy, such as pills, condoms, or intrauterine devices (IUDs).

Bisexual: A person who experiences sexual attraction towards both men and women.

Biological Therapy: Treatment method using the body’s immune system to deal with diseases, such as cancer. Also known as biological response modifier (BRM) therapy.

Biopsy: Medical procedure involving the removal of a small tissue sample for checking and testing.

Body Image: The perception of one’s physical appearance and the thoughts and feelings associated with it.

Breasts: Mammary glands in women responsible for milk production during lactation. Puberty, hormones, and personal body characteristics influence breast development.

Bulbourethral Glands (Cowper’s Glands): Pea-sized glands near a man’s prostate gland produce a clear fluid that lubricates the urethra and neutralizes acidity.

Buttocks: The muscular area located at the back of the pelvis, commonly known as the buttocks or simply the “butt.”

Sexual Health Terminology Start with C

Casual Sex: Brief sexual encounters without long-term emotional commitments. Also known as a one-night stand, it typically involves no lasting emotional ties.

Celibate: Someone who voluntarily abstains from sexual activity.

Cervix: The narrow passage connecting the uterus to the vagina. During childbirth, the cervix dilates, allowing the baby to pass through.

Cervical Cancer: A potentially life-threatening disease affecting the cervix. It’s the second most common cancer in women under 35 but can affect females of all ages. Early detection is important for successful treatment.

Chlamydia: A common sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalent among those under 25. If left untreated, it can lead to infertility in women and complications during pregnancy. Treatment may include antibiotics. Moreover, both partners should undergo treatment.

Circumcision: Surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis. It can be performed for religious or medical reasons and usually has no adverse effects on sexual function.

Clap: Slang term for gonorrhea (another common STI).

Clitoris: A small, sensitive organ located at the front of the vulva. Stimulation of the clitoris can result in intense sexual pleasure for women.

Coil: Also known as an intrauterine device (IUD), a coil is a contraceptive device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy by inhibiting fertilization and implantation.

Combined Pill: A type of contraceptive pill containing both estrogen and progestogen hormones, taken daily to prevent pregnancy by interrupting ovulation.

Come / Cum: Slang term for the ejaculation of sperm during sexual activity.

Conception: The fertilization of an egg by sperm, leading to implantation and pregnancy.

Condom (Female): A barrier method of contraception worn internally by women to prevent sperm from reaching the egg.

Condom: A thin, sheath-like material worn over the penis during sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy and STIs.

Consent: Permission or agreement, particularly in the context of sexual activity. It is illegal to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Contraception: Methods used to prevent pregnancy. For example, barrier methods like condoms or hormonal methods like birth control pills.

Contraceptive Injections: Injectable contraceptives that provide protection against pregnancy for a specified period, typically 12 weeks.

Crabs: Parasitic lice that infest pubic hair and can be transmitted through sexual contact.

Cyber Sex: Taking part in sexual activities or conversations online, often through chat rooms or email platforms.

Cystitis: Inflammation of the bladder, often causing frequent urination and discomfort.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with D

Date rape: When one person forces another to engage in sexual activity without their consent. Unlike rape, in cases of date rape, the victim may have initially consented to spend time with the attacker. For instance, they may have previously gone out together.

Diagnosis: The process by which a doctor identifies a patient’s medical condition by checking its symptoms, medical history, and test results. This may involve various tests such as blood, urine, and imaging scans.

Diaphragm: A birth control method for women, consisting of a flexible rubber disk with a rigid rim. The woman inserts the diaphragm into her vagina, where it covers the cervix and prevents semen from entering the uterus. It’s typically used in combination with spermicide for added effectiveness.

Digital (finger) rectal exam: A medical test in which a doctor inserts their gloved finger into the rectum to feel for any abnormal areas. This test is commonly used to screen for conditions such as prostate cancer or hemorrhoids.

Dilation and curettage (D & C): A medical procedure used to stretch the cervix with a special instrument and scrape the walls of the uterus gently. It may be performed for various reasons, including to remove tissue after a miscarriage or to diagnose and treat abnormal uterine bleeding.

Dysmenorrhea: The medical term for painful menstrual cramps experienced by some women during their menstrual periods. These cramps can range from mild to severe and may interfere with daily activities.

Dyspareunia: Pain experienced during sexual intercourse, which may be caused by various factors such as physical factors or certain illnesses and conditions.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with E

Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy:  this is a condition when a fertilized egg attaches itself somewhere other than the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. It’s rare and can be dangerous, requiring urgent medical attention.

Egg: it is the female reproductive (or sex) cells/ gamate produced in the female ovaries. 

Ejaculate: When a man ejaculates, his penis releases sperm during the climax, commonly referred to as ‘coming’.

Ejaculate: Fluid released from the penis during orgasm, containing sperm and other fluids. It’s a natural part of the male reproductive process.

Ejaculation: The process of releasing sperm and other fluids from the penis during sexual climax.

Embryo: A fertilized egg, the earliest stage of development in a human or animal before it becomes a fetus.

Endometrial cancer: Cancer that develops in the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. It occurs when abnormal cells in the endometrium grow uncontrollably.

Epididymis: A coiled tube located behind each testicle that stores and transports sperm. It also helps sperm mature and become capable of fertilization.

Erectile dysfunction: The inability to achieve or maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. It can have physical or psychological causes and often requires medical treatment.

Erogenous Zone: Areas on the body sensitive to sexual stimulation, like the lips, neck, breasts, and genitals, where kissing and caressing feel pleasurable.

Exhibitionism: A disorder characterized by sexually arousing fantasies or behaviors involving exposing one’s genitals to strangers.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with F

Fallopian tubes: These are the tubes connecting a woman’s ovaries to the uterus. 

FPA (formerly the Family Planning Clinic): This is a nationwide network of clinics offering free and confidential advice on sex and contraception. You don’t need to be over 16 to visit; they respect your privacy.

Fantasy: It’s the creation of imaginative mental (often sexual) scenarios. 

Female condoms/femidom: These are soft sheaths similar to male condoms, lining the vagina to prevent sperm from entering. They offer protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and are non-latex.

Female circumcision: Also known as female genital mutilation, it involves the removal of part of a female’s external genitalia, typically the clitoris, often as part of a religious ritual.

Fertilization: The fusion of male and female gametes (sperm & egg/ova), potentially leading to the development of an embryo and pregnancy.

Fertility: This refers to the ability of a woman or man to conceive and produce healthy sperm or eggs.

Fertility problems: When a person experiences difficulty in conceiving due to various reasons, including health issues or untreated STIs, they may face fertility problems.

Fetish: It’s a specific thought, activity, or object that sexually arouses a person, such as leather, porn or certain behaviors.

Fetus: it is the term medically used to define a developing baby from the eighth week of pregnancy until birth.

Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH): a hormone important for sperm production in men and stimulating follicle growth in women.

Foreskin: The loose skin covering the head of the penis.

Frotteurism: A disorder where a person’s sexual urges involve touching or rubbing their genitals against the body of a non-consenting person.

Foreplay: Sexual activities like kissing, stroking, or oral sex before penetration.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with G

Gender: this refers to whether a person identifies as male or female. 

Gender identity dysphoria: it is when a person strongly identifies with a gender that is different from their biological sex assigned at birth. 

Genitals: the sexual organs located outside the body. They are also known as sex organs or reproductive organs. 

Genital examination: it is when a healthcare provider, such as a doctor or nurse, checks a person’s genitals. This may involve inspecting the vulva, vagina, penis, or testicles for any signs of abnormalities or infections.

Genital warts (condyloma): are sexually transmitted infections in which some growths or bumps appear on the penis, vagina, vulva, cervix, rectum, or groin area. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

GP: stands for General Practitioner, which is another term for a primary care doctor or physician who provides general medical care to patients.

Gestation period: This refers to the duration of time it takes for a baby to develop and grow inside the womb before birth. Typically, in humans, this period lasts around 40 weeks from the start of the last menstrual period.

Glans: The tip or head of the penis.

Gonorrhoea: A severe bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact, affecting various body openings such as the penis, anus, vagina, or mouth.

G-Spot: An region within a woman’s vagina that may offer heightened sexual pleasure.

GUM clinic (Genito-Urinary Medicine): NHS-run clinics that provide free and confidential sexual health advice and treatment for both men and women. They are also known as STI clinics.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with H

Hepatitis: This is a liver disease caused by various factors, including viruses (main cause), alcohol, and drugs (other factors). It can lead to long-term liver damage.

Hepatitis B: This type of hepatitis is transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, generally through sexual intercourse or sharing needles.

Herpes: Herpes is a viral infection that spreads through personal contact like kissing or sexual intercourse. There are two types: HSV-1, which typically causes cold sores or blisters around the mouth, and HSV-2, which is often associated with genital herpes.

HIV Test: This is a medical test used to detect signs of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in the blood.

Homophobia: This refers to hatred, dislike, abuse, or bullying directed towards people solely because of their sexual orientation, particularly those who are gay or lesbian.

Homosexual: A person attracted to someone of the same gender.

Hormones: Chemical substances that monitor the function of body cells or organs.

Hormone Therapy or hormone replacement therapy (HRT): this involves the use of hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, to alleviate menopausal symptoms or replace hormones lost after menopause.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV): A group of viruses, some of which cause warts, including genital warts.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): The virus responsible for causing AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). HIV weakens the immune system, making them susceptible to infections and certain cancers. 

Hymen: A thin membrane partially covering the vaginal opening in females. It can rupture during sexual intercourse, physical activity, or the use of tampons, sometimes causing minor bleeding.

Hypogonadism: A condition characterized by reduced function of the ovaries in females or testes in males, resulting in hormonal imbalances.

Hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus, often performed to treat various gynecological conditions.

Hysteroscopic Sterilization: A permanent sterilization method involving the placement of small devices in the fallopian tubes. Essure, a commonly used device, induces scarring in the tubes, leading to their closure. Some women may experience side effects such as changes in menstruation, abdominal pain, or allergic reactions to the device’s material.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with I

Implants: Small, rod-shaped contraceptives inserted under a woman’s arm by a specially trained medical professional. They release hormones and are highly effective for preventing pregnancy over a span of three years.

Impotence: A condition where a man struggles to achieve or maintain an erection, often due to various factors such as medical conditions, medication, porn addiction, alcohol, drugs, or psychological factors like performance anxiety.

Infertile: people (both male and female) who face challenges in conceiving a child. Infertility can result from various factors, including health conditions and sexually transmitted infections like Chlamydia.

Infibulation: A severe form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) it involves the removal of the clitoris and labia, followed by stitching to narrow the vaginal opening. This procedure aims to restrict sexual activity and is considered a violation of human rights.

Intercourse: The act of physical sexual contact between genitals, that is, inserting the penis into the vagina during sexual activity.

Intimacy: it refers to the emotional closeness and connection between people, often expressed through physical affection, trust, and communication. Intimacy plays a very important role in healthy relationships and sexual satisfaction.

Inhibited sexual desire (reduced libido): this condition is recognized by a decreased interest or desire for sexual activity. This can result from various factors, including stress, hormonal imbalances, porn or masturbation addiction, relationship issues, or underlying medical conditions.

Irregular periods: Menstrual cycles that do not occur in regular cycles (generally do not happen every 28 days). Irregular periods are common, especially during adolescence, and are influenced by hormonal fluctuations.

Intrauterine device (IUD): A small, T-shaped contraceptive device made of plastic or copper, inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It’s a highly effective long-term birth control method.

IUS (intrauterine system): Similar to an IUD, the intrauterine system is a T-shaped contraceptive device containing hormones. It’s placed inside the uterus and releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. This method is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with J

Jack Off: Slang for solo sexual activity or masturbation.

Jap’s Eye: Slang for the small opening at the tip of a man’s penis (works as a passage for urine and semen exit). 

Sexual Health Terminology Start with K

KY Jelly: A lubricant for easier, pleasurable sex. It is water-based and safe with condoms. 

Sexual Health Terminology Start with L

Labia majora: The outer lips surrounding the female reproductive organs, covered with pubic hair.

Labia minora: Inner lips of the female external reproductive system enclosing the opening of the vagina and the urethra.

Labor: The process of contractions in the uterus during childbirth. It helps the baby’s passage through the birth canal.

Laparoscopy: A medical procedure involving the insertion of a small device through abdominal incisions to check the pelvic cavity and reproductive organs. 

Libido: One’s natural sexual drive or desire for sexual activity.

Lubrication: A slippery fluid used to enhance sexual pleasure and reduce friction during intercourse. 

Luteinizing hormone (LH): it is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, stimulating testosterone production in men and triggering ovulation in women by causing the release of an egg from the ovary.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with M

Masturbation: When someone touches their own genitals (Self-stimulation) to feel good, usually until they have an orgasm.

Menarche: It’s the first time a girl gets her period, marking the start of her menstrual cycle.

Menopause: This is when a woman’s ovaries stop making hormones, and she stops having her period, usually happening around her late 40s or early 50s.

Menstruation: It’s the regular bleeding from a woman’s vagina that happens about once a month when her body gets sheds the lining of her uterus.

Mittelschmerz: Pelvic discomfort experienced by some women during ovulation, about halfway through their menstrual cycle.

Monogamy: This is when someone has sex with only one partner, staying faithful to them.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with N

Nocturnal penile tumescence and rigidity testing: A diagnostic test measuring erections during sleep. It is helpful in determining the cause of erectile dysfunction.

Non-coital behavior: undertaking physical intimacy without penetration, such as sensual massage or other stimulating activities.

Non-infectious vaginitis: Vaginal inflammation or irritation resulting from reactions to substances like fabric softener, vaginal sprays, douches, or soaps.

Non-specific urethritis: A sexually transmitted condition in men. 

Norplant: is a contraceptive implant releasing progestin slowly into a woman’s body, preventing pregnancy for up to five years (discontinued in the U.S.).

Sexual Health Terminology Start with O

Oestrogen: it is a female hormone that helps with reproduction by supporting egg development in the ovaries.

Oral Contraception: Birth control pills taken by ingestion through mouth. 

Oophorectomy: Surgical removal of one or both ovaries, often done to treat certain conditions like ovarian cancer or severe endometriosis.

Orchiectomy: Surgical removal of one or both testicles through a groin incision. It is generally done to treat testicular cancer or transgender surgery.

Orgasm: The highest edge of sexual pleasure. 

Oocytes (ova or egg cells): Female reproductive cells stored in the ovaries. It is released during ovulation for fertilization.

Ovarian Cancer: Abnormal growth of tumor tissue in the ovaries. 

Ovarian cyst: It is a fluid-filled sac that develops on or within the ovaries, sometimes causing pain or complications.

Ovaries: Female reproductive glands responsible for storing and releasing egg/ ova.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with P

Paget’s Disease of the Vulva: In this condition, cancerous cells are found on the skin of the vulva (the outer part of the female genitalia).

Paraphilias: These are impulse disorders with symptoms like persistent and intense sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviors. 

Penile Cancer: Cancer that affects the tissues of the penis. It may manifest as abnormal growths or lesions on the penile skin or within the organ itself.

Pedophilia: It is a disorder characterized by sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors involving children, typically aged 13 years or younger. It is considered a serious mental health condition.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): it is the infection of the female reproductive organs.  It is often contracted through sexual intercourse. PID can lead to inflammation, scarring, and fertility issues if left untreated.

Penectomy: Surgical removal of a part or all of the penis.

Peyronie’s Disease: A condition characterized by the formation of hardened plaques or lumps on the penis, leading to curvature or deformity during erection. It is often accompanied by pain.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): it is a common hormonal disorder in women. PCOS generally leads to irregular menstrual periods, excess androgen levels, ovarian cysts, and metabolic disturbances.

Premature Ejaculation: Ejaculation that occurs shortly after sexual stimulation or penetration.

Priapism: A persistent and painful erection lasting for several hours or more. It requires immediate medical attention to prevent tissue damage.

Primary Amenorrhea: The absence of first menstruation in a young woman. It indicates a potential underlying hormonal or reproductive issue.

Progesterone: A hormone produced by the ovaries in females. It is essential for regulating the menstrual cycle, supporting pregnancy, and maintaining the uterine lining.

Prostate: A walnut-sized gland located below the bladder in males. It is responsible for producing prostatic fluid that nourishes and protects sperm during ejaculation.

Prostate Cancer: Cancerous growths or tumors that develop in the prostate gland. It is often detected by symptoms like difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, or erectile dysfunction.

Pubic Lice: Tiny parasitic insects that infest the pubic hair and surrounding areas, causing itching and discomfort, commonly transmitted through sexual contact.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with Q

Queer: this is a slang term that is used to describe someone who has a homosexual orientation

Sexual Health Terminology Start with R

Radical hysterectomy: This surgery removes the cervix, uterus, and part of the vagina to treat certain conditions.

Radical inguinal orchiectomy: This surgery removes one or both testicles through a groin incision to treat testicular cancer.

Rape: the act of forced sexual activity with another person against their will. 

Reduced libido: it refers to a decreased interest/desire in sexual activity.

Retrograde ejaculation: This condition occurs when semen is redirected into the bladder during ejaculation instead of exiting through the urethra.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with S

Safe Sex: This means taking part in sexual activities that reduce the risk of pregnancy and contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

Scabies: it is a skin condition caused by tiny mites. The mites burrow under the skin, resulting in small red bumps and intense itching.

Seminoma: it is a type of testicular cancer characterized by slow-growing tumors made up of a single type of cell. It is most common in men in their 40s and 50s.

Sex (Gender) Reassignment Surgery: This surgery involves altering a person’s anatomy to match the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.

Sexual Addiction: it refers to a condition where a person experiences an unusually intense sex drive or obsession with sexual activities. It can manifest as porn addiction or masturbation addiction. 

Sexual Health: Sexual health includes various physical, mental, and emotional factors that affect sexual function and reproduction. It’s important for overall well-being, relationships, and self-esteem.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD): STDs are diseases that are transmitted from one person to another through unprotected sexual contact. 

Syphilis: it is a serious STD that, if left untreated, can lead to various complications including heart disease, brain damage, mental disorders, and even death.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with T

Testicular torsion: When the spermatic cord twists around a testicle, it blocks blood flow, causing sudden, severe pain and swelling. 

Testosterone: This male hormone is important for sperm production and developing male secondary sexual characteristics like muscle mass, growth of facial hair, and sex drive.

Total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO): Surgery removing the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries through the abdomen.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with U

Undescended Testicle: When a testicle doesn’t move down into the scrotum before birth. It is also known as cryptorchidism.

Unplanned Pregnancy: When pregnancy happens unexpectedly, without planning. It can lead to various challenges and requires careful consideration.

Unprotected Sex: Engaging in sexual activity without using a condom or other contraception. This increases the risk of both pregnancy and contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): An infection in the urinary system caused by bacteria entering from outside the body. It can lead to discomfort and requires medical attention.

Urologist: A doctor that is specialized in treating issues related to the urinary system and the male reproductive organs. They play a crucial role in maintaining urogenital health.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with V

Vagina: The passage/pathway connecting the cervix to the outside of the body. It’s also called the birth canal.

Vaginal cancer: A type of cancer affecting the vagina.

Vaginal discharge: A fluid, clear or whitish, released from the vagina. It could be produced by the uterus, cervix, or vagina itself. 

Vaginectomy: Surgery to remove the vagina. Sometimes, it is necessary to treat cancer. 

Vaginismus: Involuntary muscle spasms surrounding the vaginal entrance, causing pain and discomfort during sexual activity.

Vasectomy: A permanent sterilization method for men. It involves cutting and tying the vas deferens, preventing the transport of sperm out of the testes.

Voyeurism: A disorder where sexual arousal is achieved by observing unsuspecting and non-consenting people undressing or engaging in sexual activity.

Vulva: The external female genital area, including organs in the female anatomy, including the labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening

Vulvar cancer: Cancer affecting the vulva.

Vulvectomy: Surgical removal of the vulva. It may involve different techniques depending on the extent of tissue removal and whether lymph nodes are affected.

Vulvovaginitis: Inflammation affecting both the vagina and vulva. It often leads to discomfort and requires medical treatment to resolve the underlying cause.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with W

Wanking: it is a process of self-pleasuring (commonly known as masturbating). It’s a natural way to explore one’s body and sexual desires.

Warts: Small bumps caused by a viral infection. It often appears on the genital area. 

Withdrawal method: A risky form of birth control where the male partner removes his penis before ejaculation to prevent pregnancy. It’s not highly effective and doesn’t protect against STIs.Womb: Also called the uterus, the womb is where a fertilized egg implants and grows during pregnancy.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with X

X-rated: Films or content that is unsuitable due to explicit sexual or violent scenes. It is generally not recommended for younger audiences or sensitive viewers. Constant/ excessive use of this content can lead to porn addiction.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with Y

Yeast infections: This is a fungal overgrowth in the vagina, leading to discomfort. What happens is that chemical imbalance promotes Candida (fungus) growth, causing symptoms like itching and discharge and leading to yeast infection.

Sexual Health Terminology Start with Z

Zits: this is a slang term that is used to describe spots or pimples.

Well, while these are some of the most important and commonly used Sexual Health Terminology, the sex glossary is too long to be covered here. But, as I mentioned, we must keep exploring and learning about aspects related to our sexual health.

After all, knowledge can help us achieve complete wellness!

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