The Quickie: Can Hypnosis Boost Erections?
Carlos O'Leary debunks, deciphers and demystifies the latest in social media trends and sexual health news.
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Why are Mormon teens "soaking" their genitals? Will lemon juice delay your period? Can probiotics treat yeast infections? In this week's episode of The Quickie our host, Carlos O'Leary, takes on these questions—and more—that have the social media world abuzz.
We also explore, in this episode, why hypnosis may be able to help some men experiencing erectile dysfunction. According to recent research, it may be able to help men whose E.D. stems from anxiety and depression. That is to say, psychological reasons as opposed to physiological ones.
Is it a panacea for everyone? No. Can it help some men boost their erections? Possibly! Especially if those guys are open to suggestions (and are not already psyched out by the idea of hypnotherapy).
Mormons like many religious groups are known for their strict rules forbidding penetrative sex before marriage until now. According to a recently viral video making its way around TikTok, Mormon teens have seized upon a clever workaround to their religions firm laws regarding chastity. I'm Carlos O'Leary, and this is The Quickie.
It's called soaking, a practice that involves an evidently horny person placing their penis into another evidently horny person's vagina and just, kind of, letting it sit there. The key to soaking is there is no movement or thrusting allowed. Of course, the problem with this loophole is that putting a penis into a vagina still is penetrative sex. In fact, it's the very definition of penetrative sex.
The thrusting is nice, even recommended, but it is ultimately supplemental to the act of penetration, which means soaking is unlikely to absolve you from the disapproval of the Mormon church, and it will not protect you from pregnancy or contracting an STI. And what would Donny and Marie think?
In other TikTok news, women have been posting videos of themselves drinking a shot of straight lemon juice. The reason, word on the TikTok feed is that doing so can delay your period. Spoiler alert, it doesn't work. And I know what you're thinking.
How would you know, Carlos? Or here we go. Another male telling women not to drink lemon juice to delay their periods, and you're right, but it's not just me. According to Planned Parenthood, the official position is and I quote, no, drinking a shot of lemon juice won't delay your period or make it stop.
Now there are ways to lighten or control your period, but they involve using hormonal birth control methods, such as an IUD or the pill. So if you're interested in controlling your period, believe your health care provider and maybe not strangers on TikTok. In other vaginal news that I am completely qualified to report on, a growing number of health professionals have been hailing probiotics as a potentially effective, virtually side effect free way to treat yeast infections.
Yeast infections, a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge, and intense itchiness, are extremely common with up to 3 and 4 women affected at some point in their lives. While doctors usually suggest antifungal medicines, many yeast infections become resistant to such medications, which forces doctors and patients to figure out a different route for treatment. Increasingly, holistic doctors are advocating for probiotics to prevent yeast infections. The theory behind using probiotics is that they help maintain the delicate balance of vaginal flora. Though the research on the effectiveness remains scant.
So are probiotics worth trying? Well, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved probiotics for any specific health benefits, but the minimal side effects mean they might be worth a shot. For our last story, there are many different treatment options for erectile dysfunction caused by non-physiological reasons, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, and as we'll explain here, hypnosis. You heard that, right, hypnosis, which until now you might have associated with county fairs or sexy singing snakes voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
As it turns out, hypnosis or hypnotherapy might be able to help manage erectile dysfunction spurred by psychological factors, such as anxiety or depression. Here's how it works. During hypnotherapy, a person is placed in a heightened state of awareness known as a trance by a hypnotherapist.
While in this trance, the individual is more responsive to suggestions from said hypnotherapist and has a greater capacity to manage physiological functions that are typically involuntary like erections. With hypnotherapy, the therapist generally uses hypnosis to find the root psychological causes behind certain erectile issues, such as past trauma. Interested in trying hypnotherapy?
While hypnosis can be helpful for a whole range of conditions, including ED, addiction, and even pain control, it's not for the faint of heart. That's because hypnosis can sometimes force you to come face to face with some pretty serious fears and traumatic memories. Don't fear it though because of what popular media might have believe about it like getting stuck in a trance forever or getting brainwashed like Zoolander trying to assassinate the president of Malaysia.
And that's our show. For more on ED treatments, including wearable devices, such as Eddie by Giddy, yeast infection remedies, and period management tips, visit Giddy, the world's largest resource for sexual health reporting at getmegiddy.com. Until next time, I'm Carlos O'Leary, and this has been The Quickie.