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Could I possibly be allergic to sperm?

You could! Possibly! Dr. Debby Herbenick, while filling in for me on Savage Love Letter of the Day duties recently, covered the topic of why some people are sensitive – sensitive to the point of explosive diarrhea – to semen: “Prostaglandins are substances made by the body and that the body is sensitive to. Semen contains prostaglandins – and prostaglandins can have a laxative effect on people. Related: If you’ve ever felt a little loosey-goosey right before getting your period, that’s also thanks to prostaglandins (which spike just before your period, because the prostaglandins get the uterine muscles to contract, which then helps to shed the lining of the uterus, resulting in a menstrual period). Prostaglandins are also used to induce labor. So why don’t more semen swallowers find themselves running to the bathroom post-blowjob? Fortunately, we’re not all so sensitive to prostaglandins. I don’t know why most people aren’t extra-sensitive, but fortunately most of us aren’t, or there would probably be a lot less swallowing in the world.” Dr. Herbenick is a research scientist at Indiana University, a sexual-health educator at the Kinsey Institute and a frequent Savage Love guest expert, and you can and should follow her on Twitter @DebbyHerbenick.

What is the difference between a Methodist and a Baptist?

There’s no difference between a Methodist and a Baptist, according to my Catholic grandma. They’re both going to hell.

What is the percentage of people who find male partners with the perfect penis? Perfect size, shape, length, girth, texture, head-to-shaft differential?

There’s no research out there on this issue – no one has thought to pick the brains of folks who have successfully landed male partners with perfect penises – and I’m not sure such studies would even be possible. Because penis preferences are subjective: One person’s perfect penis is the next person’s imperfect penis. And isn’t the person to whom a particular penis is attached at least as important as the size, texture, head-to-shaft differential, etc. of any given penis? Imagine if you made it your life’s work to locate the world’s perfect penis only to discover that the penis is attached to Bill O’Reilly. Could that penis still be called perfect?

This week on the Lovecast, Dan chats with a panel of sex workers: savagelovecast.com.

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