A-Z of sex lingo part 1
From Anus to Areola and Boner to Balls there are a lot of words when it comes to sex, sexual health, and your body. But have no fear! We’re here to help. Welcome to part one of our ‘Sex Lingo A-Z’ where we reveal the real meanings of these words and more.
The termination and expulsion of a pregnancy before birth.
Sexual activity involving penetration of the anus.
The opening from the rectum located in-between the buttocks.
The dark area surrounding the nipples of women and men.
Slang for testicles.
Medical term used to refer to the chromosomal, hormonal and anatomical characteristics that are used to classify an individual as female or male or intersex. Often referred to as simply “sex,” “physical sex,” “anatomical sex,” or specifically as “sex assigned [or designated] at birth.”
Behaviors, devices, or medications used to avoid unintended pregnancy (see also: contraception).
A person who identifies as or who has romantic and/or sexual relationships with, and/or attractions toward people of multiple genders.
The organ that collects and stores urine produced by the kidney. The bladder is emptied through the urethra.
Slang term for an uncomfortable feeling in the genitals that may occur when men do not have an ejaculation following sexual excitation. Women may experience similar aches if they do not reach orgasm.
BONDAGE AND DISCIPLINE (B&D)
Consensual sexual role-play that includes performance of power and submission. It often involves physical restraint and/or pain.
Slang for an erect penis.
Glandular tissue and fat on the chests of women. Breasts are secondary sex characteristics in women. They are also considered sex organs because they are often sexually sensitive and may inspire sexual desire. Like mammary glands in other mammals, they produce milk during and after pregnancy. Men also have breast tissue.
A toy for anal sex designed to stay in place in the anus and rectum. Some are designed to stimulate a man’s prostate gland.
Sex between partners who are not in a relationship with one another.
The narrow, lower part — neck — of the uterus, with an opening connecting the uterus to the vagina.
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Australia. It can be transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral sex. It is curable with antibiotic medication.
Refers to the gender experiences of people whose gender identity is typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.
The female sex organ that is very sensitive to the touch. It is made of spongy tissue that swells with blood during sexual excitement. The external tip of the clitoris is located at the top of the vulva, where the inner lips meet. The clitoris is the only organ in the human body whose only purpose is sexual pleasure.
A thin sheath, usually made of latex, designed to cover the penis during penetrative sex. When used correctly, it is very effective at preventing pregnancy and/or reducing the risk of giving or receiving STIs. Read our complete guide to using condoms here.
Common method of treating warts and other skin lesions by freezing them, usually with liquid nitrogen.
Using the mouth to stimulate the clitoris, vulva and vagina for sexual pleasure. Also known as oral sex.
A stretchable square of latex used as a barrier during certain dental procedures to keep particles from falling into the throat. Also used as a barrier for safer sex during cunnilingus and anilingus.
A soft rubber dome intended to fit securely over the cervix. It is advised to have it size fitted by a doctor / clinic first. Used with contraceptive cream or jelly, the diaphragm is a barrier method of birth control which is available over the counter, at Family Planning Clinics or purchased online
Slang for penis.
A penis-shaped sex toy used to stimulate the vagina or anus.
A spray of water or solution of soap or medication into the vagina or anus.
The inside lining of the uterus. It thickens to enable implantation of a fertilised egg mid-cycle and is shed during menstruation when pregnancy has not occurred.
The tube leading from the testis to the vas deferens in which sperm are stored before ejaculation. It is tightly coiled on top of and behind the testis.
Any area of the body that is sensitive to sensual touch.
One of two narrow tubes that carry the egg from the ovary to the uterus.
Slang for stimulating a vagina and/or anus with finger(s) either on yourself or another person.
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS/FUCK BUDDY
Slang for a casual sexual partner, with whom you have an ongoing sexual relationship, without a romantic relationship.
Slang for having sex.
A man who identifies as, has romantic and/or sexual relationships with, and/or is attracted to men.
Describes someone’s own understanding of who they are (e.g., woman, genderqueer, man, no gender, etc.), as distinct from their physical characteristics.
Describes someone’s understanding of their gender as being outside of common understandings of being either male or female.
A viewpoint that expresses heterosexuality as a given instead of being one of many diverse possibilities and presents heterosexuality as the default sexuality.
Intentional hostile and/or violence acts, behaviours and beliefs directed against people who are perceived not to be heterosexual.
Slang for a casual sex encounter.
An umbrella term for people with physical characteristics that are seen as different from modern medical norms about ‘female’ and ‘male’ bodies. Intersex people, also people with intersex variations, have physical variations from strictly ‘female’ and ‘male’ bodies. These physical characteristics are present at birth and manifest during physical development.
The outer lips of the vulva.
The inner lips of the vulva.
A woman who identifies as, has romantic and/or sexual relationships with, and/or is attracted to women.
These initials are used to refer collectively to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people. It is important to recognise that the letters in LGBTI represent broad categories of experience and not necessarily identities; thus many people who would be considered trans identify simply as women, men, or another gender and do not necessarily have a ‘trans identity’. Although these groups are distinct, they can overlap (e.g. some intersex women are also lesbians).
A strong caring for someone else. It comes in many forms. There can be love for romantic partners and also for close friends, for parents and children, and for humankind.
A latex or silicone receptacle that fits over the cervix to collect menstrual flow.
The flow of blood, fluid, and tissue out of the uterus and through the vagina that usually lasts from three to seven days.
The occurrence of more than one orgasm within a short time.
That’s it for part 1 of our Sex Lingo, but keep an eye out for Part 2 soon. We’ll be updating these regularly too.
If you have a question about sexual health you can call us on 1800 451 624 between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday to talk with a sexual health nurse. It’s confidential and free if you call from a landline.
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