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Sex-Ed Pamphlets: An Orgasm a Day Keeps Doctor Away

Sex ed in the UK isn't all about STDs and birth control. A leaflet being handed out in schools by Britain's National Health Service hopes to educate students on the pleasures of sex.

With the slogan "an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away," the material reads:

Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?

One of the officials behind the leaflet says that instead of encouraging teen sex, the message could prompt youth to delay having sex until they're sure they will enjoy it. Maybe with the failure of a teen pregnancy prevention program that actually increased the risk of pregnancy, Britain is ready to try just about anything when it comes to sex ed.

While encouraging daily sex might be a little extreme, I find the positive attitude toward sex refreshing and I hope it will encourage responsible and fulfilling practices among teens. What do you make of it?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 6 years
Well. Part of me says I guess it's best to be open, but then another part of me says some kids will take this the wrong way. Sex should be a bit more serious, and it seems a bit flippant or lightly taken in the way they write it.
wackydeli wackydeli 6 years
honesty is always good and so is sex pretty much.the thing is we are animals and we like to screw one of these days teens are going to figure out that sex is super fun and then what will they think of the system that told them sex is evil and gross and bad? they are going to think they are lying ass mofos and theyed be right.you cant hide sex from people its our nature to do it .just use birth control for f*&ks sake,what they should tell kids is "well you like having sex? then dont have kids cause youll never get the time to do it after that"
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 6 years
oh lord.... ashamed to be from the uk when they do things like this! to be honest they just need to put people in schools who have gone through having an std or pregnancy. herpes or something you can't get rid of and have to live with. i think that the idea of putting kids off sex won't work or trying to tell them not to have it. instead making them do it responsibly- waiting for the right person, thinking of it as something you can discuss with your parents and finding the right contraception is the right move forward. the uk needs to adopt a more mature approach to sex education. in my school it was swept under the carpet and ignored in a if we don't talk about it, it won't happen. instead more free speech without cringing would work- talk openly and get more mature heads on some shoulders.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 6 years
lol, pistil i love your comment! i just think the UK is grasping at straws to solve their teen pregnancy problem--which is much worse than in the states (that's crazy, i know!). i just see this program backfiring though, since it says sex is so awesome. when i was a teen--it was one thing to see it on tv and whatnot, but for doctors to tell you that it's necessary--well, i'm gonna get to it! XD
Pistil Pistil 6 years
Maybe this is supposed to be reverse psychology? "Billy, have you masturbated today?" "Aw, mom!"
cg130 cg130 6 years
There are a lot of good and bad things about this, but I'm just impressed that they're encouraging teens to see sex as normal and healthy instead of taboo and dangerous.
margokhal margokhal 6 years
Um, this will totally backfire. If you make sex for teens a matter of necessary health, they'll just have sex - and probably start earlier. Coupled with comprehensive sex ed, this might have a slight shot of working - but it's not likely. Whatever happened to saying "having sex is a big responsibility. if you don't want to do it, that's fine - but if you do, these are some other things you should think about and should do to keep yourself and others healthy and safe"?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I sent an article about this to my best friend this morning with the line "why didn't they ever teach us anything useful like this in school?" I don't see anything wrong with it.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 6 years
They'll just use that as an excuse to get good at sex. "Well mom, sorry I'm pregnant but my Dr. said to have an orgasm twice a week, oops." I can see it now.
Veka Veka 6 years
I'm not sure that it's telling kids "to delay losing their virginity until they are sure they will enjoy the experience." I don't think that this pamphlet will delay them from doing it. IMO, it sounds like it's almost encouraging them to do it, because it makes it sound fun and enjoyable. And naturally, kids are curious and are always trying to come up with new ways to have fun.
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