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Losing weight will make your penis bigger.

If you lose weight all over your body, there's a pad of fat that is located at the base of your penis that will also shrink. This pad of fat is where part of your penis hides when it's erect, and where even more hides when it's not erect. Losing this pad of fat may make the appearance of the penis larger, but it will not actually grow.

Unsightly dark bags under the eyes, hair growing thicker in unattractive places, and decreased ability to get and maintain an erection are all symptoms of excessive masturbating.

Symptoms of excessive masturbation may include chafed and sore genitalia, but there's no evidence your appearance will change. What's excessive to one person may not be enough to another.

Condoms will protect you from all STIs.

Condoms protect you from STIs transmitted via bodily fluids, including HIV, but may not protect you from STIs transmitted via skin contact, such as HPV.

You can get STIs from oral sex, but you'll be safer if you brush your teeth right after.

It's a MYTH that brushing your teeth has any protective benefit when it comes to oral sex. In fact, brushing can cause microscopic tears in your mouth that make bacteria transmission easier!

Simultaneous orgasm is the ultimate goal of sexual activity.

Most individuals enjoy their partner's response to orgasm and are then happy to proceed in a relaxed fashion to give themselves up totally to their own sensations and satisfaction. Striving for simultaneous orgasm causes people to become 'goal orientated' which can make them become inhibited, and can lead to sexual dysfunction.

Arousal is automatic if both partners love each other.

Although love is the best known aphrodisiac, and arousal is usually spontaneous, there are times when one or other partner is not responsive, and many factors can inhibit arousal.

It is abnormal, wrong, perverted or unhealthy to have oral sex.

Anything that couples do to increase their pleasure is "normal" provided that it is acceptable to both and does not hurt or degrade either partner. Men find oral stimulation very arousing. Swallowing semen can be harmless providing that both partners are sure that there is no risk of HIV infection.

Masturbation is wrong and may cause ill health.

There is no evidence that masturbation affects health adversely.

The circumcised penis is more easily aroused as the glans [tip of penis] is exposed, but circumcised men have more difficulty in controlling premature ejaculation.

There is no difference between sexual arousal in circumcised and non-circumcised men as the foreskin often draws back during erection and gives the same exposure.

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