One form of teaching abstinence could be to share stories with teenagers about bad experiences that could result from sexual interaction.
For example, a study found that sex outside marriage, and sex that occurs under out-of-the-norm circumstances, may increase the risk of penile fractures, said study researcher Dr. Andrew Kramer, a urologist at the University Of Maryland Medical Center.
If the “Ten Commandments” wasn’t enough to keep you from having an affair, perhaps science will.
Of course, sex education doesn’t need funky stories to make it more interesting to students since the subject is, after all, sex. However, it could help illustrate the consequences to our actions.
A woman from New Zealand went to the hospital for a paralyzed arm which turned out to be the result of a minor stroke that came from a hickey, according to an ABC report.
“Because it was a love bite, there would be a lot of suction. Because of the physical trauma, it had made a bit of bruising inside the vessel” causing a clot, Dr. Teddy Wu, who treated the patient, told the New Zealand press. The clot apparently resulted in a stroke.
While this appears to be the only documented case of a hickey-related stroke, it’s interesting to see how passion can turn into painful injury.
Clearly, this won’t change the rate of love bites—
“No Ben, don’t bite my neck, I don’t want the blood to clot giving me a stroke!”
(Hey, it could happen!)
Talking to kids about oral sex? You’re going to love this one:
Dr. Jaswant Rai, a doctor in India, recently had an unidentified 27-year-old female patient who had a runny nose, persistent cough and a fever for six months. She’d been on antibiotics but nothing worked. So Dr. Rai ran a few tests, before he finally stuck a camera down the woman’s throat and found a prophylactic in her lungs.
It seems the woman accidentally inhaled a condom while performing fellatio, and didn’t realize it.
According to the abstract, “Videobronchoscopy revealed an inverted bag like structure in right upper lobe bronchus and rigid bronchoscopic removal with biopsy forceps confirmed the presence of a condom.”
All I can is: she is either very good at performing oral sex or very, very bad.
The point of this article is to convey the idea that there are many ways to teach a subject—whether you are a parent or a schoolteacher, children need to know how seemingly harmless actions can lead to dangers to one’s health. It’s not a matter of paranoia; it’s a matter of awareness. We all know that feeling invincible can be a common thing for a teenager or young adult. Sometimes a little vulnerability can go a long way—real stories, I argue, potentially have more of an impact than standard textbooks.