By Jeanne Hambleton © 2009
Somehow this auspicious ‘ladies day’, February 14th, St Valentines Day, passed me by last year. Between you and I there was not a deluge of cards on the doormat, so it was a ‘back to normal’ day… same old drudge. Instead I got carried away about February 29 with the most readers I have had to date on this weblog.
Wondering if I might reach some of you young lovers – well maybe all lovers –who might be looking for love – I thought I would write something relevant again.
I have just read about a website that advocates kissing instead of shaking hands as this spreads more germs. So no need to stand on ceremony tonight then!
Someone asked Yahoo how long does it take for the germs from kissing someone to leave your mouth? I heard it was months?
The reply they got is great in theory but in a mad passionate moment when a girl wants to get her tongue down someone’s throat I do not see her asking any questions about his personal hygiene – namely his teeth. Read this.
It depends on the germ, whether it is one that will quickly absorb into the mucus membranes of the mouth and how long it has been in your mouth. These membranes are constantly shedding cells.
You should only be kissing someone you know has good hygiene to avoid basic germs. The person must also see a dentist regularly–you don’t want to kiss someone with rotten teeth/bleeding gums and other dental problems. Don’t forget mononucleosis the kissing disease.
Might be an idea to look at this website before you get carried away with your tongue. Grab the mouth wash!
May be better to shake hands after all said she, tongue in cheek…..he he he.
But for serious germs, you should know the person and whether they have something like HIV. Then it depends on how long it is in contact with the lining of your mouth (mucus membranes).
I don’t think studies have been done as to how long the contact has to be but it is certainly not as long as 3 months to leave. It is true that HIV may stay on hard surfaces for as long as 3 months.
HIV can be contracted from ANY body fluid and that includes spit. It is just more likely to contract it through the blood. Keep that in mind. Otherwise, rinse/spit with listerine as others suggest.
Pardon me while I nip in the bathroom to rinse and spit…..
You sound as if you are worried about this person’s Hygiene. My son girlfriend will not kiss him unless he brushes and rinses at most twice a day and especially before their date.
Not sure I can comment on that! Sounds more like an old married couple. Maybe the following piece of priceless information will put you the mood for love…….
FAST SWIMMING SPERMS
Would that be doing the breaststroke? But seriously I thought I should share this piece of news with you that came to light last month. Published by on January 22 MedicalNewsToday.com (Articles: 136272. – how romantic) under the Biology / Biochemistry Main Category, with the heading Sexual Health / STDs (this is more interesting) it educates us on the life of fast-swimming sperms.
All I can say is if you ladies have any reproduction plans, now is the time for role-play. The ball is in your court as they say. Please read about what they have been up to at Uppsala University! I thought it was quite an apt name for what they are doing.
Until now, it has been difficult to prove that fast-swimming sperms have an advantage when it comes to fertilizing an egg. But now a research team at Uppsala University can demonstrate that unfaithful females of the cichlid fish species influence the males’ sperms. Increased competition leads to both faster and larger sperms, and the research findings now being published in the scientific journal PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, thus show that the much mythologized size factor does indeed count.
“The competition among sperms to fertilize a female’s eggs is an extremely powerful evolutionary force that influences various characteristics of sperms, such as size and speed,” says Niclas Kolm, a researcher at Uppsala University, who, in collaboration with scientists from several other universities, has studied the mating system of 29 species of Tanganyika cichlids. “For the first time, we can show a strong link between the degree of sperm competition and the size and speed of the sperms. Males with promiscuous females develop faster and larger sperms than the monogamous species,” says Niclas.
“Another unique aspect of the study is that we based our study on an unusually large base, with many fish from many different species. The fish were caught in lakes in Africa, and a special characteristic of this group of fishes is that there are incredible numbers of species,” says Niclas. “There’s an unbelievable variety of species and different kinds of mating behaviors. There’s the whole spectrum of mating systems, from monogamous males to females that mate with many many males.”
The findings also show that the speed and the size of sperms are closely related: larger sperms are faster. These sperms swim faster thanks to the greater power of a larger flagellum, but faster sperms also need to have a larger store of energy, which in turn results in larger sperms.
Thanks to new analytical methods, they have also managed to demonstrate the order of this development. The sperms first become faster, then larger, following increased female promiscuity in a species.
“No one has previously been able to show what causes what. Here we can clearly see that female promiscuity determines the character of sperms,” says Niclas.
So I wonder can we expect an increase in the birthrate in November with lots of little ‘Scorpions’ appearing and the midwives rushed off their feet.
Come to think of it, I was born November 14. …err.. ooophs.. Does that mean I may have been conceived on February 14. This did not dawn on me before.
Of course the big problem is, who knows what goes on in a man’s mind while he is making love to you? He may already be thinking about promiscuous women or might already be dreaming he is cosying up to Marilyn Monroe or one of The Girls Aloud. If you think those little devils are getting up speed, let him think what he wants for once.
Make the most of it girls – you could have a long time to wait for the right moment again.
Fast swimming sperms:
Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.
BETTER THAN A FLU JAB
As laughter is the best medicine and we are talking about things of a sexual nature, I received this email from a friend yesterday, and I laughed until I cried and the tears rolled down my cheeks and into my slippers – sodden slippers.
Please take this in the good natured spirit in which it is offered… really no offence meant to any lady called Beatrice, elderly spinisters, church organists, Hammond organs, or young ministers. There I am apologising in advance to any PC folk – I could not face clink I hate porridge without cream and sugar. I found it funny but then I do have a distorted sense of humour. So it is publish and be damned as said by Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington.
Better than a Flu Shot! Miss Beatrice, The church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all.
One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea. As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water and in the water floated, of all things, a condom!
When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.
‘Miss Beatrice’, he said, ‘I wonder if you would tell me about this?’ Pointing to the bowl.
‘Oh, yes,’ she replied, ‘Isn’t it wonderful? I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven’t had the flu all winter.’ If you don’t share this with five GOOD friends there will be five fewer people smiling in the world .
Now you see my predicament – I just had to share it and hope five people might read it and smile. Talk soon Jeanne