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Jun 10 2014

Lyme Disease: Probably an STI

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by Kate M.

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A recent study in The Journal of Investigative Medicine indicates that Lyme disease can be spread through sexual contact, and not just through the bites of infected ticks.

The study followed couples with one infected partner and one non-infected partner, who opted to have barrier-free intercourse. A post-sex test revealed that the previously non-infected partners had acquired the same strain of Lyme disease as their partners.

Another fun fact: it looks as though folks with vaginas are at about twice as likely as their penis-ed partners to acquire Lyme disease through vaginal intercourse.

Obviously, this is a huge bummer. Lyme disease is no joke! Hopefully, we’ll hear more soon about the best ways to keep ourselves and our partners Lyme-less.

h/t Condom Depot

Jan 17 2014

Resolved to Do Your Kegels This Year?

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by thepleasurechest

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We keep hearing from folks whose new year’s resolutions include doing their Kegel exercises. Kegels work out the PC muscle, which runs from the pubic bone to the tailbone and is intimately connected with orgasm. A stronger PC muscle means stronger orgasms, awesome muscle control (tightening or relaxing the vagina), better bladder control, and an easier time during childbirth.

Let’s backtrack for a moment: stronger orgasms. Dayenu.

If you’re one of the many folks who has resolved to stick to a vaginal workout routine this year, we’d like to direct you to the Pussy Fitness article from our how-to blog, for some helpful tips. Good luck!

Jan 03 2014

The Man with Two Penises

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by thepleasurechest

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A man with a condition called Diphallia – which, yes, means that he was born with two penises – took to Reddit (using the name DoubleDickDude) for a no-holds-barred Q&A session about his unusual condition. Here’s our takeaway:

His attitude is awesome:

Worst [part of having two penises]? Briefs/underwear. I wear a small/medium in the waist (28-30″waist) so briefs that can hold it all together are too big, and briefs that fit everywhere else, i fall out of both sides.

Best? having two cocks.

His relationship is awesome.

I’ve been in a serious relationship with a girl and a guy for a while now. I call it monogamous because we are exclusive.

They were a couple before they mutually started dating me. She is straight, and he is bisexual and discovered he was when after four months of them both knowing me, they found out about my cocks. It clicked and we’ve been together since.

His mom is awesome. In reply to a question about memorable reactions from doctors:

Yeah, one grabbed like five others in the building. That was the last time my mom let anyone examine me for any reason besides personal check-ups. She said “my son is not a freak show” and slapped one of them.

His one medical problem could be a lot worse:

My prostate gets inflamed if I dont ejaculate enough. I’m probably the only guy with a legit reason to orgasm at least once every day or two days. My prostate gets stimulation from both cocks and creates a lot of seminal fluid.

It looks like some the more sexually explicit questions and answers have been deleted, but you can still read about them on Nerve. You can even check out a picture (NSFW).

Nov 25 2013

The Future of Condoms

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by thepleasurechest

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It’s an exciting time to be a condom user.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded eleven $100,000 grants to scientists who designed condoms that people might be more likely to want to wear. The grants will fund research into the condoms’ safety, efficacy, and manufacturability. After eighteen months, the winners can apply for a million dollar grant to go toward production and clinical trials.

The winners sound amazing and/or bewildering. One team made a more skin-like condom out of collagen from beef tendons and fish scraps. Another designed a condom out of a material that clings to the skin, so that the condom doesn’t have to fit so tightly in order to stay on. Others are creating new, more effective applicators. You can read the full list here.

h/t NPR

Sep 13 2013

A Less Awful Sex Ed

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by thepleasurechest

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Did you get sex ed in school? If so, you’re very lucky if was better than the usual scripts:

Fourth or fifth grade:

“Soon, you will start to grow hair in places. Your body will change in some ways. Do not be afraid. Here are some artfully-depicted naked grown-ups with no genitals. Also, here is some deodorant and/or enormous pads. Never, ever show them to anyone.”

Sixth or seventh grade:

“Here are some diagrams of fetal development.”

High School:

“This is a condom. You should use one if you have sex, except you should not be having sex. If you have sex, you will get lots of deadly infections. Here are some close-up photographs of all of the terrible, horrible, confusing things that will definitely happen to your genitals. Also, do you really think you’re ready to be a parent? Think of your future.

If you’re cringing with the memory of your own sex ed horror story, we suggest washing it down with The Frisky’s list of “10 Things Everyone Should Learn in Sex Ed.” We would love if schools implemented safer sex curricula that focused on empowering students to make informed choices about barriers, partners, and what they actually want to do. Still, even if your main source of sex ed was that one friend who told you that the hymen grows back every time, it’s never too late to learn.

How about you? What do you wish you’d learned? What would you add to a sex ed curriculum?

Aug 23 2013

Curious About the Clitoris?

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by thepleasurechest

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Want to know more about your or your partner’s clitoris? Or do you just like winning arguments? (We do.) Either way, Em and Lo, authors of Sex: How to do Everything, have the facts. Did you know that the clitoris is the only organ that exists only for sexual pleasure? (We’re not sure which argument we’re going to win with that one, but we’re glad we know it.)

You can check out Em and Lo’s collection of clitoris facts here, and commence gloating over your new knowledge. If you want to get really fancy, use it as a jumping-off point to do some research of your own. For instance, some people would be willing to have a lively debate about whether 4,000 is an accurate estimate of the number of nerve endings in the penis (as opposed to 8,000 in the clit). There’s also a lot to know about Marie Bonaparte, who gets a mention for having some pretty extreme clitoris-altering  surgery. Not only was she willing to go to great lengths in pursuit of climax during intercourse, but she was also a psychoanalyst and a sexual researcher in her own right.

There are a lot of facts about the clitoris out there. Start with these five.

Aug 16 2013

Masturbation for Better Menopause

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by thepleasurechest

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It turns out that vibrators are good for something other than making people happy and curing hysteria. Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, of Yale University School of Medicine, has been recommending the use of a vibrator to her menopausal patients who suffer from vaginal dryness. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dr. Minkin explains that vibration increases pelvic blood flow, which can help boost vaginal moisture. In particular, she recommends the We-Vibe 3 (pictured above) to her patients – and we have to agree. Says Minkin,

“I recommend my patients use a vibrator three to four times a week, but as Mae West said,’Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!’”

That’s a prescription we can get behind.

Jul 26 2013

RIP Virginia Johnson

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by thepleasurechest

On Wednesday, we lost Virginia Johnson, one of the trailblazers of modern sex research. Along with her partner, William H. Masters, she revolutionized the study of human sexuality. Masters and Johnson made their initial splash in 1966 with Human Sexual Response, a straightforward, non-sensational approach to the physiology of sex. From her New York Times obituary:

More than any investigator before them, Masters and Johnson moved sex out of the bedroom and into the laboratory, where it could be observed, measured, recorded, quantified and compared. While Kinsey had relied on interviews and questionnaires to elicit accounts of his subjects’ sexual habits, Masters and Johnson gathered direct physiological data on what happens to the human body during sex, from arousal to orgasm.

Early in his research, Dr. Masters realized that he lacked a female perspective and sought out a woman who could help put his subjects at ease, while offering insights into women’s sexuality. He found Johnson, a divorced mother, onetime country singer and psychology student when she responded to an ad seeking an assistant. .

As Slate’s Amanda Hess explains:

 He eventually recruited Johnson to advise him on the finer parts of female sexuality because she was a woman and willing, but also because she was not a fellow MD. As Thomas Maier detailed in his 2012 biography of the duo, female doctors in the 1950s were fighting an uphill battle in the male-dominated world of medicine just to earn their degrees and secure jobs; they didn’t yet have the social clout to turn their attentions to the highly stigmatized study of sex. “When women went to medical school at that particular time, an MD was so hard-won they would never have jeopardized it, being associated with sex research,” Johnson recalled Masters as telling her. Instead, Masters leveraged his own social positioning to undertake the research, with the help of a woman who had no social standing to lose.

Together, Masters and Johnson debunked myths about sex and aging, challenged the Freudian bias against clitoral orgasm and helped thousands of men and women overcome problems with orgasm, by shifting from a psychoanalytic model to a physiological one. In the process, they helped take sex therapy to the mainstream. Their partnership and their pioneering work has even inspired Masters of Sex, a new dramatic series on Showtime.

To learn more about Virginia Johnson, we recommend the remembrances in the New York Times and at Slate.