of Sex Terms
abortifacient: any method
or substance used to terminate a pregnancy.
abortion: the termination of a pregnancy before birth.
abstinence: not participating in sexual activities.
acquaintance rape: a forced sexual encounter between
individuals who know each
acquired dysfunction: a problem with sexual functioning
that begins after a period of
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS): a fatal
disease which is caused by a virus transmitted through the
bloodstream from person to person. The disease is characterized
by the destruction of the immune system leaving the person
susceptible to many other common infections.
acrosome: an enzyme membrane that covers the head
of the sperm allowing it to penetrate the ovum.
activating effects: the effect that sex hormones have
on the level of a persons sex drive.
adolescence: the transitional period from childhood
to adulthood where emotional, social and physical changes
adultery: a sexual encounter which occurs between a
married person and someone whom is not their spouse.
agenesis: of the penis a condition in which the penis
in undersized and nonfunctional.
alveolar glands: glands in a woman's breast which produce
milk after she has given birth.
amenorrhea: the absence of menstruation.
ampulla: the wide section of the fallopian tube near
anal intercourse: sexual intercourse in which one partner
penetrates the other's anus.
analingus: oral-anal stimulation.
anaphrodisiac: drugs or other agents that dull sexual
Androgen:- insensitivity syndrome a developmental condition
in which a genetically male fetus develops external female
Androgenital syndrome: a developmental condition in
which a genetically female fetus has internal female structures
in addition to external male genitals.
Androgens male sex hormones.
androgynous: having both masculine and feminine characteristics.
anejaculation: lack of ejaculation at the time of male
anodyspareunia: pain associated with anal intercourse.
anarchism: a rare birth defect in which both testes
are not present.
anorgasmic: never having reached an orgasm.
anovulatory: not ovulating.
antiandrogen: a substance that decreases the levels
of androgens in the bloodstream.
anus: the opening from the rectum from which solid
waste leaves the body.
aphrodisiac: any substance that that increases sexual
areola: the dark areas surrounding the nipples on men
artificial insemination: the introduction of sperm
into the reproductive tract by means other than intercourse
asexual: having little or no interest in sex.
asphyxophilia: a paraphilia in which sexual arousal
is dependent on being strangled up to the point of passing
autoerotic: providing sexual stimulation for one's
autofellatio: a male providing oral stimulation to
his own penis.
aversion therapy: a method for terminating undesirable
sexual behavior in which the behavior is followed by an averse
stimulus, so that conditioning takes place.
Bacterial Vaginosis: the most common form of vaginal
infection in menstruating women, characterized by a strong
odor and a grey or milky discarge.
balanitis: an inflammation of the glans and foreskin
of the penis that can be caused by infections.
barrier: methods of birth control contraceptives that
block sperm from entering the uterus, such as a condom.
Bartholin's glands: glands just inside of the vaginal
opening the secrete a small amount of fluid during arousal.
basal body temperature method: a method used to predict
fertility in which women chart ovulation by taking their rectual
temperature every morning before getting out of bed.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): enlargement of
the prostate gland not caused by a malignancy.
bestiality: a human being having a sexual encounter
with an animal.
biastophilia: a sexual paraphilia in which arousal
becomes dependent on sexually attacking a nonconsenting stranger.
This is rape.
bilateral orchiectomy: surgical removal of both testes.
bimanual exam: a medical exam which checks for abnormalities
in the ovaries and uterus.
bisexual: a person who is attracted to people of both
blue balls: genital aching which may occur in males
following continued genital stimulation without ejaculation.
A woman may also feel aching without orgasm.
bondage and discipline (B and D): sexual behavior or
role play which has elements of sadism or masochism.
breasts: two glands on the chest of women.
brothel: a house of prostitution.
bulbocavernosus muscle: the muscle at the base of the
penis that contracts to force the ejaculate through.
Bulbourethral gland (Cowper's gland): glands located
below the prostate that produces the fluid which makes semen
calendar method: a method used for predicting fertility
in which women chart their menstrual cycles on a calendar.
Candidiasis: a vaginal yeast infection which results
in vulval irritation, and a thick white discharge.
celibacy not participating in any sexual play.
cervical cap: a method of contraception which is usually
filled with contraceptive jelly and inserted to fit securely
on the cervix.
cervicitis: inflammation of the cervix
cervix: the structure that connects the vagina to the
chancroid: a type of STD which cause ulcers in the
Chlamydia: the most common STD which causes a discharge
in both men and women, if left untreated it could cause sterility.
cilia: hairlike extensions in the fallopian tubes that
help move the ovum through.
circumcision: a surgical procedure in which the foreskin
of the penis is removed.
climax: an orgasm
clitoral hood: tissue that is formed by the joining
of the labia minora and covers the clitoris.
clitorectomy: surgical removal of the clitoris.
clitoris: the sexually sensitive organ of the female
found in the vulva.
cohabitation: partners in a sexual relationship who
live together but are not married.
coitus: another term for sexual intercourse.
coitus interruptus: a method of birth control in which
the male withdraws his penis from the vagina before ejaculating.
colposcope: a medical instrument that is used to examine
the vagina and cervix.
combined oral contraceptiv:e birth control pill that
contains both estrogen and progestin preventing ovulation.
coming out: the term used to describe one's acceptance
of their sexual orientation.
conception: the specific time at which pregnancy begins,
the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining.
condom: a over-the-counter method of birth control
usually made of latex that covers the penis during intercourse
preventing not only pregnancy but the spread of STDs.
contraception any method that is used in the prevention of
contraceptive sponge: a barrier method of birth control
which is placed over the cervix, this method does not prevent
the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
coprophilia: sexual arousal that is connected with
coronal ridge: located in the penis it is the rim of
corpora cavernosa: tissue that engorges with blood
during sexual arousal to make the penis become erect.
Cremaster muscle: an automatic response which raises
and lowers the testes in response to stimulation.
cryptorchidism: a medical condition in which one or
both of the testes do not descend from the body before puberty.
cunnilingus: oral stimulation of the female genitals.
delayed ejaculation: another term for inhibited orgasm
occurring in men.
Depo- Provera: an injectable form of birth control
which lasts in preventing pregnancy up to three months.
desire: a feeling of sexual attraction or arousal.
diaphragm: a method of birth control that is placed
over the cervix to prevent pregnancy; it does not prevent
the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
dildo: a penis shaped sex toy.
Dominance and Submission (D and S): erotic fantasies
that play out power and powerlessness.
Don Juanism: the desire by a men to have sex frequently
with many different partners.
douche: a rinse used to clean the vagina.
drag queen: term used for male cross dressers who are
often selling sexual services.
dysmenorrhea: a term used to describe painful menstruation.
dyspareunia: a dysfunction in which recurrent pain
occurs during sexual intercourse.
egg cell: the ovum or female reproductive cell.
ejaculation the releases of the semen from the penis caused
by muscular contractions.
ejaculatory inevitability: the feeling that ejaculation
ELISA: the most common used test to determine the presence
of HIV infections in humans.
embryo: the prenatal organism that develops about a
week after fertilization.
emergency contraception: the use of contraceptives
to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.
emission stage: the first stage of ejaculation in which
seminal fluid collects in the urethral bulb.
endometriosis: a medical condition in which the endometrium
grows out of the uterus and into surrounding organs, characterized
my menstrual pain and may cause infertility.
endometrium: the lining of the uterus that develops
every month to nourish a fertilized egg, if fertilization
does not occur it is shed during the menstrual cycle.
epididymis: the place in each testes where sperm cells
erectile dysfunction: the inability to become erect
or maintain an erection.
erection: the term used to describe the penis when
it becomes engorged with blood as a result of sexual excitement.
erogenous zone: any part of the body that is responsive
to sexual stimulation.
erotic: that which is sexually arousing.
erotica: sexually explicit material that is not viewed
as pornography or obsence by the average person.
estrogen: hormone that is produced by the ovaries and
regulates the menstrual cycle and secondary sexual characteristics.
exhibitionist: women or men that expose their sexual
organs to others without their consent.
exocytosis: the release of genetic material by the
sperm cell which begins the process of fertilization.
fallopian tubes: structures which the ovum travel through
to get from the ovaries to the utrerus.
fantasy a sexually arousing thought or mental imagery.
fellatio: oral stimulation of the penis.
female condom: a method of birth control that is inserted
into the vagina which prevents pregnancy and the spread of
female genital mutilation (FGM): the removal of all
or part of the external genitalia
female orgasmic disorder: a persistent problem in which
women can not reach orgasm through sexual stimulation.
female sexual arousal disorder: a sexual dysfunction
in which the female can not become sexually aroused, lacking
feminine: characteristics that are culturally associated
with being a woman.
fertilization: the joining of egg and sperm.
fetishism: sexual arousal triggered by things that
are not usually considered sexual.
fetus: the organism that develops from the embryo inside
the womb until birth.
fibrillations: abnormal contractions which are painless
which occur during arousal and orgasm.
fidelity: observances of sexual faithfulness.
follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH): a hormone that
is released by the pituitary gland during the menstrual cycle
and stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles.
foreplay: sexual stimulation, such as kissing, that
occurs before intercourse but can still lead to orgasm.
foreskin: the fold of skin covering the glans of the
fornication: sexual intercourse occurring between partners
who are not married.
frenulum: highly sensitive fold of skin on the underside
of the penile glans.
frotteurism: a paraphilia in which one rubs their genitals
against a nonconsenting person.
gamete: the reproductive cell, either male or female.
gay: another term for homosexual, usually referring
to a man.
gender: the psychosocial condition of being masculine
or feminine, the traits and behavior that are culturally assigned
gender dysphoria: conflicting feelings about physical
anatomy and one's feelings about their gender.
gender identity: one's view of him/herself being either
male or female.
gender roles: behaviors or characteristics that are
culturally expected of an individual.
gender stereotyping: assuming that someone should display
certain characteristics because of their physical sex.
genital herpes: a sexually transmitted disease caused
by the herpes simplex virus in which painful blisters and
ulcers are present on the genitals.
genitals: external body parts, either male or female.
genital warts: a sexually transmitted disease caused
by the human papillomavirus in which warts appear on the genitals
glans: the soft highly sensitive tip of the clitoris
gonads: sex and reproductive glands, in men the testes,
in women the ovaries that produce hormones.
gonerrhea: a sexually transmitted disease caused by
the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium in which abnormal discharge
occurs in both men and women.
Grafenberg spot (G spot): an area inside the vagina
that many people believe is very sensitive to stimulation
and cause ejaculation in women.
gynecology: sexual and reproductive health care for
gynecomastia: a rare condition were the male's breasts
hard-core pornography: pornography that is very explicit.
hepatitis B virus (HBV): a liver infection cause by
a sexually transmitted disease that may result in death.
hermaphrodite: people who have both female and male
herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1): the virus that
cause blisters on the lips and mouth.
herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2): the virus that
causes genital blisters.
heterosexual: someone who is sexually attracted to
people of the opposite sex.
homophobia: fear and hatred of people who are gay,
lesbian, or bisexual.
homosexual: someone who is attracted to people of the
hormone: a substance secreted by the endocrine gland
that regulates many different bodily functions.
hormone replacement therapy: replacement of naturally
occurring hormones by synthetic ones, usually during menopause.
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): the virus that
causes AIDS, by destroying the body's immune system and leaving
it susceptible to disease.
human Papillomavirus (HPV): the virus that causes genital
human sexuality: the ways in which we experience and
express ourselves as sexual beings.
hydrocele: a medical condition in which cysts from
on the testes.
hymen: a thin tissue of flesh which stretches across
part of the opening of the vagina.
hyperphilia: have sex more often than most people.
hypoactive sexual desire disorder: a condition where
one losses interest in what was formerly sexually arousing.
hypoxphilia: a practice where one creates pressure
around the neck to create an intake of less oxygen to enhance
hysterectomy: surgical removal of all or part of the
impotence: difficulty getting and keeping an erection.
incest: sexual activity between members of the same
infertility: the inability to conceive a child.
infibulation: a surgical procedure which is used in
some cultures to close the opening of the vagina until marriage.
intercourse: sexual activity where insertion of the
intersexuality a rare condition in which the genitalia is
unclear at birth making it hard to determine whether the child
is male or female.
intimacy: the emotional feelings of closeness and connectedness
intrauterine devices (IUD): a method of birth control
in which a small copper object is placed inside the uterus
by a doctor to prevent implantation.
jock itch: a fungal infection around the genitals of
men caused by wearing tight clothing or excessive sweating,
it can be itchy and very painful.
jaundice: a medical condition where the whites of the
eyes and the skin becomes yellow in color.
Kegel exercises: exercises which are used to strengthen
the pubococcygeus muscle which controls the flow of urine
and may increase sexual pleasure.
kiddie porn: the term used to describe materials that
show explicit pictures of children and teenagers engaging
in sexual activity.
kleptophilia: a paraphilia in which sexual arousal
becomes dependent on stealing.
Klinefelter's syndrome: an abnormality occurring in
males where musculinization is incomplete and partial breast
may be present as a result of an extra X chromosome.
klismaphilia: a paraphilia in which sexual arousal
depends on giving and/or receiving enemas.
labia majora: two folds of tissue that extend and cover
the clitoris, vaginal opening, the labia minora and the urinary
labia minora: two folds of skin lying underneath the
labia majora that join directly above the clitoris.
lesbian: a homosexual female
leukorrhea: a white, sticky vaginal discharge that
is normal during adolescence.
levonorgestrel: a hormone which is produced to help
regulate the menstrual cycle.
libido: a term used to describe sexual drive
love: a strong caring for someone else.
lumpectomy: the surgical removal of a lump from the
lust: the desire for sexual pleasure
luteinizing hormone (LH): a hormone released by the
pituitary gland that controls ovulation.
male erectile disorder: difficulty achieving or maintaining
male orgasmic disorder: a condition in men in which
there is a delayed or inability to reach orgasm.
mammogram: a type of x-ray which is used to determine
lumps in the breast.
masculinity: characteristics that a culture attributes
masochism: a paraphilia in which sexual arousal is
dependent on receiving punishment or pain.
mastectomy: surgical removal of all or part of the
ménage a trios: sexual play involving three
menarche: a girl's first menstruation.
menopause: the time when a woman stops her menstrual
menstruation: the monthly flow of blood and tissue
from the uterus which occurs if fertilization does not occur.
miscarriage: a spontaneous abortion.
missionary position: the coital position in which the
man is on top of the woman.
"morning after" pill: another term for emergency
multiple orgasms: the ability to achieve additional
orgasms in one sexual episode.
natural family planning: a method of birth control
which depends on keeping track of a women's menstrual cycle
and the days on which she is likely to be ovulating.
necrophilia: participating in sexual activity with
a dead body.
nipple: the raised area in the middle of the areola
in the center of each breast.
nocturnal emission: an ejaculation which occurs during
sleep that often signals the onset of physical maturation.
normophilia: sexual preferences that are believed to
be common or "normal" within a culture.
Norplant: a type of birth control in which a capsule
containing levonorgestrel is inserted by a doctor underneath
the skin in the upper arm of women.
nymphomania: an excessive sexual drive found in women.
obsenity: sexual activity in a manner which most people
would refer to as disgusting.
opportunistic infection: any illness that is relatively
easily cured in people with a healthy immune system but often
kills those with AIDS.
oral contraceptive: a method of birth control in which
pills containing different levels of hormones are taken daily.
oral sex: any type of sexual activity involving the
mouth and the sex organs.
orgasm: a pleasurable sensation that occurs at the
climax of sexual excitement.
orgy: a group of people engaging in sexual activity.
outercourse: a type of sexual play that does not include
ovaries: the female gonads, which produce hormones
and house the egg cells.
ovulation: the release of an ovum from the ovaries,
approximately every month.
ovum: an egg cell.
pap test: a medical test in which cervical cells are
taken by a swab to see if there are any abnormalities.
paraphilia: a practice on which sexual arousal becomes
pediculosis: an infection from pubic lice.
pedophilia: a paraphilia involving children or young
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): inflammation of
the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries in which pain,
tenderness, fever, nausea and irregular menstrual cycles are
penile plethysmograph: an instrument which measures
arousal in men by measuring blood flow to the penis.
penis: the male sex organ.
performance anxiety: feelings of fear associated with
perineum: the tissues which lies between the vagina
and the anus.
periodic abstinence: not having vaginal intercourse
on the days that a women is most likely to be ovulating.
Peyronie's disease: a medical condition in which tissue
is developed in the erectile columns of the penis.
phimosis: an abnormally long and tight foreskin on
pictophilia: a paraphilia in which sexual arousal becomes
dependent on viewing pornographic pictures and films.
pimp: a man who has female prostitutes working for
pneumocystis carinni: pneumonia the most common opportunistic
infection in AIDS patients, characterized by shortness of
breath, chest pain, fever and fatigue.
polycystic ovary disease: a medical condition in which
overproduction of male hormones causes cysts on the ovaries
polygamy: being married to more than one spouse.
polythelia: a rare condition in which one has more
than two nipples or breasts.
pornography: any written or visual materials which
causes sexual arousal, that is thought by the common population
to be obscene.
postcoital: contraception another name for emergency
pre-ejaculate: the liquid which leaves the penis during
sexual arousal but before ejaculation, it may contain small
amount of sperm.
premature ejaculation: a persistent sexual dysfunction
in which ejaculation occurs after minimal stimulation.
premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD): severe emotional
problems occurring before menstruation.
premenstrual syndrome (PMS): a combination of physical
and mental symptoms which occur approximately a week prior
to menstruation, some women's symptoms are much less apparent
prepuce: the tissue that covers the glans of the penis
priapism: continual and uncontrollable painful erections.
progesterone: hormone released by the ovaries which
causes the lining of the uterus to thicken.
prophylactic: a material that is used to prevent against
disease; the condom.
prostate: the gland that produces some of the components
prostatitis: inflammation of the prostate.
psuedohemaphroditism: a condition in which testes or
ovaries are present in addition to external genitalia of the
pudendum: external female genitalia.
pyromania: sexual arousal gained by setting fires.
rape: sexual intercourse without consent.
rape trauma syndrome: the reaction of events the victim
of a rape goes through.
rapid orgasm: when a woman climaxes more quickly than
rectovaginal exam: a medical exam of the reproductive
organs and the tissues that separate the vagina and the rectum.
rectum: the lowest end of the intestine before the
refractory period: the period after orgasm when a man
can not become aroused.
resolution: the time when the body returns to its normal
state after orgasm.
retarded ejaculation: another term for inhibited orgasm.
retrograde ejaculation: a condition in which semen
flows into the urinary tract and then the bladder during ejaculation.
role play: the acting out of fantasies.
rubber dam: a piece of latex used to cover the female
genitals during oral sex to prevent the spread of disease.
sado-masochism: sexual activities revolving around
bondage, domination, pain and humiliation.
safer sex: ways in which people reduce the risk of
transmission of diseases during sexual intercourse.
satyriasis: the desire by a man to have sex frequently
with many different partners
scabies: mites that burrow in around the underneath
the skin to lay eggs which causes redness and itching, they
may or may not be sexually transmitted.
scrotum: the pouch of skin which houses the testes.
secondary sex characteristics: adult physical characteristics
that are caused by hormones during puberty.
self-gratification: pleasuring oneself sexually.
semen: the male ejaculate which contains not only sperm
but fluid from the prostate, seminal vesicles, and Cowper's
seminal fluid: the fluid that is mixed with sperm to
help it move through the body.
seminal vesicle: a gland that secretes fluid into the
seminiferous tubules: a network of coiled tubules which
are constantly producing sperm.
serial monogamy: a pattern of involvement in which
one goes from one serious sexual relationship to another.
sex drive: natural urge to have sex.
sexism: a prejudgment that someone will posses negative
traits because of their gender.
sexology: the study of human sexuality.
sex play: any voluntary sexual activity that may or
may not be done with a partner.
sex therapy: treatment that is given to resolve sexual
sexual abuse: sexual that is nonconsensual and harmful.
sexual addiction: the compulsive desire for frequent
sexual assault: nonconsensual sexual activity that
involves forces or the threat of force.
sexual aversion disorder: a condition in which one
fears any type of sexual expression.
sexual compulsion: another term for sexual addiction.
sexual conflict: an inconsistency between sex drive
and sexual inhibition.
sexual desire: a physically arousing attraction.
sexual discomfort: problems that occur with sexual
activity that are not as severe as dysfunctions.
sexual harassment :unwanted sexual advances that are
often hostile and degrading.
sexual individuality: the different sexual needs, fantasies,
and feelings of each individuality.
sexual intercourse: sex play where the insertion of
the penis occurs.
sexuality: the emotions, feelings, sexual preferences,
sexual orientation and societal norms that influence individuals.
sexually transmitted disease (STD): infections that
occur as a result of sexual fluids passing from one person
sexual orientation: the term used to describe the attraction
that one feels to people of the same gender, the opposite
gender, or both.
sexual response cycle: a pattern of responses that
sexually excited people illustrate.
silent rape: reaction the response that women go through
after experiencing a rape yet do not disclose the rape so
they are unable to get the help they actually need.
smegma: sticky, white substance produced at the glans
of the penis by bacteria and bodily oils.
sodomy: a term used to describe heterosexual oral or
spectatoring: self-observation during sex.
sperm: the male reproductive cell.
spermarche: the time when the testes first produce
squeeze technique: a technique used to end premature
ejaculation in which the man masturbates and then squeezes
his penis to prevent orgasm.
statutory rape: voluntary or involuntary intercourse
between an adult and someone who is not legal at the age of
sterilization: medical procedures that are done to
inhibit people form reproducing but do not affect sexual desire.
stop-start technique: a technique used to control ejaculation
in which the man gets to close to orgasm then stops stimulation.
suppositories: contraceptive devices that are placed
in the vagina and releases spermicide by melting or foaming.
swinging: the practice in which married couples switch
syphilis: an STD that progresses through four stages
which begin with the presence of a chancre and if untreated
can end in death.
tenting: the expansion of the vagina during sexual
testes: the male gonads.
testicular failure: the lack of sperm and hormones
produced by the testes.
testosterone: the males sex hormone, aids in developing
secondary sex characteristics and sex drive.
thelarche: the period when girls' breasts begin developing.
thrush: a disease caused by a fungus in the oral cavity.
toucherism: sexual excitement gained by fondling nonconsenting
toxic shock syndrome (TSS): a rare growth of bacteria
in the vagina that can be associated with tampon or contraceptive
use over a long period of time without removal.
transgender: people who dress in clothing associated
with the opposite sex because they like being treated as if
they were of that gender, not for sexual pleasure.
transsexuals: people who define themselves by the gender
other than what they were classified at birth.
transudation: vaginal lubrication as a result of increased
blood flow during stimulation.
transvestites: people who dress like the opposite gender
because it gives them sexual pleasure.
transvestophilia: a paraphilia in which sexual arousal
becomes dependent on dressing like the opposite gender.
tribadism: two women rubbing their genitals together.
troilism: sexual activity with three people.
true hermaphrodite: a person who is born with one testis
and one ovary.
tubal ligation: a medical procedure to sterilize women
by block the fallopian tubes to prevent the meeting of sperm
tumescence: a buildup of sexual tension in both men
Turner syndrome: a condition in which females are born
with only one x chromosome and therefore they may be missing
or have deformed ovaries.
typical use failure: the measurement of how often birth
control is likely to fail when taking into account human and
uncircumcised: a penis which still has a foreskin.
ureters: the tubes which connect the kidney to the
urethra: the tube and opening through which urine passes
in both men and women.
urethral bulb: part of the male urethra that holds
semen prior to ejacualtion.
urinary tract infection (UTI): an infection of the
bladder,ureters, and urethra caused by bacteria, that can
be sexually transmitted.
urophilia: sexual arousal connected with urination.
use-effectiveness: the reliability of a contraceptive
as it is usually used.
uterus: the female organ in which the egg becomes fertilized,
implants, and develops into a fetus; also the organ from which
a woman menstruates.
vagina: the female sex organ that the penis is inserted
into during intercourse, also the path that the fetus travels
at birth, and menstrual fluid flows from.
vaginal intercourse: intercourse.
vaginal ring: an experimental birth control method
where a donut shaped device is filled with hormones and placed
in the vagina to prevent ovulation.
vaginismus: a dysfunction with continuous painful spasms
in the vagina.
vaginitis: the inflammation of the vagina.
vas deferens: tubes connecting the testes to the ejaculatory
vasectomy: a medical procedure in which the vas deferens
are blocked to prevent impregnation.
veneral disease: sexually transmitted disease.
vestibular bulb: tissue on either side of the vagina
that fills with blood during sexual stimulation.
vibrator: a mechanical device used to massage erogenous
virgin: someone who has not engaged in sexual intercourse.
voyeurism: a paraphilia in which sexual arousal becomes
dependent on watching others who are nude or involved in sexual
vulva: the external female genitals.
Western blot: a test used to confirm the presence of
HIV antibodies after the ELISA test.
wet dream: sexual dreams that cause ejaculation.
withdrawal: a type of birth control where the penis
is removed from the vagina prior to ejaculation.
yeast infection: an overgrowth of a fungus usually
present in the vagina.
zoophilia: a paraphilia in which sexual arousal becomes
dependent on animals.
zygote: a fertilized egg cell.
zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT): the product
of an in vitro fertilization is medically placed into the