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p'ye-baek
a Korean wedding custom that is traditionally held a few days after the official ceremony, with only family members present.
PA (see Prince Albert, a male gental piercin)
pacte civil de solidarité
is a form of civil union between two adults (same-sex or opposite-sex) for organising their joint life.
Paddles
are characterized by a broad, flat striking surface attached to a short handle and are designed to be used at short range on the buttocks. They are normally made of leather or wood, sometimes of rubber, in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Padlock
Common type of lock used in BDSM play. May be used to secure bondage restraints, securely fasten chain links together, as labia weights, etc.
PDA
  1. public display of affection
  2. personal digital assistant - a smart phone, Palm Pilot, pocket PC, etc
Pain
Pain causes the release of endorphins that is thought causes the submissive to go into subspace.
Pain Games - BDSM play involving pain.
Pain Slut - Popular expression for a submissive who loves pain. (Also known as a masochist) A person who enjoys receiving a heavy degree of pain but may or may not necessarily enjoy submitting.
Pain Threshold - The point at which stimulation becomes pain.
pain during intercourse
Dyspareunia (from Greek, meaning "badly mated") is painful sexual intercourse, due to medical or psychological causes.
painful ejaculation
Odynorgasmia, or painful ejaculation, is a physical syndrome described by pain or burning sensation of the urethra or perineum during or following ejaculation. Causes include infections associated with Urethritis, Prostatitis, Epididymitis as well as use of anti-depressants.
painful intercourse
see Dyspareunia
painful ovulation
see painful Menstrual cycle
painful see
see Dyspareunia
pair-bonding
the strong affinity that develops in some species between a pair consisting of a male and female,
pairbond
see pair bonding
pait likkhi
In some areas of Pakistan, families follow a courtship tradition called Pait likkhi. In the Urdu Language, Pait means "written". Likkhi means Stomach. So Pait Likkhi means "written on the stomach". Two families agree to marry their children before they are born or when they are very young. The marriage then happens when the children are young adults. The children must follow the wishes of their families. They are not permitted to decide who they will marry. But recently, courts in Pakistan have tried to fight this tradition.
panderer
see pandering below
pandering
Procuring or pandering popularly known as pimping, is the facilitation or provision of a prostitute in the arrangement of a sex act with a customer
pansexual
sexual attraction, sexual desire, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of all gender identities and biological sexes.
Pansexuality
All encompassing sexuality, disregarding gender differences and, sometimes, preferences for particular activities. Could be used of a person, in which case it suggests a wide interest in all forms of sex with partners of any gender. Much more commonly used of a community: some people have argued for the pan sexuality of the BDSM community. Alternatively pansexual can mean simply pertaining to all sexes and sexual orientations.
panty fetishism
a sexual fetish relating to women's panties, particularly worn or soiled underwear. It can also involve printed or electronic material depicting exposure of panties, usually of a softcore nature.
panty liner @wp
an absorbent piece of material used for feminine hygiene
panty pad
see panty liner above
pantyhose fetishism
is an essentially a very common sexual fetish involving women's pantyhose.
para 0 or para 1
In biology, parity is a technical term that refers to the number of times a female has given birth to a baby
Parachute
A toy shaped like a parachute or shallow cone, usually of leather or neoprene, with a hole in the center and chains or cords hanging from around the rim and joined together belief, slightly resembling a parachute, and use for weighting the balls by resting the parachute on them with the scrotum passing up through the hole and hanging weights from the chains.
paramesonephric ducts
are paired ducts of the embryo that run down the lateral sides of the urogenital ridge and terminate at the Müllerian eminence in the primitive urogenital sinus. In the female, they will develop to form the Fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and the upper two-third of the vagina;
paranymph @wp
a ceremonial assistant and or coach in a ceremony. In ancient Greek weddings the bride and bridegroom were attended by paranymphs
Paraphilia
any action or object that interferes with "normal sexual activities"
paraphiliac
a person involved in a paraphilia
paraphilic adolescentilism
the paraphilia of impersonate|impersonating an adolescent and being treated as one by the partner
paraphilic gerontalism
the paraphilia of impersonate|impersonating an older person and being treated as one by the partner
paraphilic infantilism
see infantilism, paraphilic condition in which sexuoerotic arousal is dependent on impersonating a baby in diapers and being treated as a baby . Autonepiophilia, a paraphilia of the stigmatic/eligibilic type, may be adjunctive to masochistic discipline and humiliation . The reciprocal paraphilic condition, playing the parent role with a partner who plays the infant, is nepiophilia.
paraphilic juvenilism
a paraphilic condition in which one derives sexuoerotic arousal and pleasaure from impersonating a juvenile or being treated as such by a sexual partner.
paraphimosis
an uncommon[3] medical condition where the foreskin becomes trapped behind the glans penis, and cannot be reduced (pulled back to its normal flaccid position covering the glans penis).
parasympathetic nervous system
The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is one of three main divisions of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the other two being the sympathetic and enteric systems. The ANS is responsible for regulation of internal organs and glands, which occurs unconsciously. To be specific, the parasympathetic system is responsible for stimulation of "rest-and-digest" or "feed and breed" activities that occur when the body is at rest, especially after eating, including sexual arousal, salivation, lacrimation (tears), urination, digestion and defecation. Its action is described as being complementary to that of one of the other main branches of the ANS, the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for stimulating activities associated with the fight-or-flight response.
paraurethral glands @wp
see Skene's gland @wp
parovarium @wp
The epoophoron or epoöphoron (also called organ of Rosenmüller[2][3] or the parovarium) is a remnant of the Mesonephric duct that can be found next to the ovary and fallopian tube.
paroöphoron @wp
The paroophoron (of Johnson) consists of a few scattered rudimentary tubules, best seen in the child, situated in the broad ligament between the epoöphoron and the uterus.
Parsee wedding
Parsi marriage customs
Parsi wedding
parthenogenesis
is a form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization.
partial androgen insensitivity syndrome @wp
a condition that results in the partial inability of the cell to respond to androgens
partialism
refers to a sexual interest with an exclusive focus on a specific part of the body
partible paternity @wp
or shared paternity describes a cultural conceptualization of paternity according to which a child is understood to have more than one father, for example because of an ideology that sees pregnancy as the cumulative result of multiple acts of sexual intercourse.[1] In societies with the concept of partible paternity this often results in the nurture of a child being shared by multiple fathers in a form of polyandric relation to the mother, although this is not always the case.[
party and play @wp
a phenomenon and subculture of recreational drug users who engage in sexual activities with one another, either one-on-one or in groups. It is also called chemical session, chem session, and partying.
passivism
a passive attitude, behavior, or way of life
Pastiche
A pastiche is a literary or other artistic genre that is a "hodge-podge" or an imitation. The word is also a linguistic term used to describe an early stage in the development of a pidgin language.
This meaning accords with etymology: pastiche is the French version of the greco-Roman dish pastitsio or pasticcio, which designated a kind of pie made of many different ingredients.
paternity
a caretaker of the offspring in their own species. In humans, a parent is of a child (where "child" refers to offspring, not necessarily age).
paternity suit
the legal area dealing with establishing or disputing "paternity", the legal relationship between a father and his child.
pathicus
someone submitting to sex (anal sex) or unnatural lust, pathic, lascivious; of catamites, prostitutes or books
patriarchy
a social system in which males are the primary authority figures central to social organization, occupying roles of political leadership, moral authority, and control of property, and where fathers hold authority over women and children. It implies the institutions of male rule and privilege, and entails female subordination.
PE (see Power Exchange)
Pear gag
See Anal pear, Oral pear and Vaginal pear
pearling
or genital beading is a form of body modification, the practice of permanently inserting small beads made of various materials beneath the skin of the genitals—of the labia, or of the shaft or foreskin of the penis. As well as being an aesthetic practice, this is usually intended to enhance the sexual pleasure of partners during vaginal or anal intercourse.
pearly penile papules
are small saliences that may form on the ridge of the glans of the human penis. They are a harmless anatomical variation. Though sometimes confused with HPV infection, the papules are are not a sexually transmitted infection and are not contagious.
pecattiphilia
sexual arousal from performing an act one believes is a sin.
pedal pumping
When a Female uses her right foot and constantly presses it down on the gas pedal. She can do it barefoot, hosiery, stilettos, sneakers, socks, sandals, pumps, high heels, boots or any possible footwear may be appealing to one who enjoys this fetish. The female doing the pedal pumping must tap into her dominating self-confidence as she steps on the pedal. She is the one who's in full control her foot has all the power.
Pedal pumping is all about the power of a female using her feet to activate power. Those that enjoy pedal pumping may enjoy a variety of variations to the fetish from watching the pedal pumped with the car engine off, on or in drive/gear.
  • PedalPumping.org
pederasty
a (usually erotic) homosexual relationship between an adult male and a pubescent or adolescent male. The word pederasty derives from Greek (paiderastia) "love of boys", a compound derived from παῖς (pais) "child, boy" and ἐραστής (erastēs) "lover".
Pedophilia
Being sexually aroused by children. Illegal in every state in the United States.
peep show
an exhibition of pictures or objects viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass. This may or may not be a sex show, although the latter kind has eventually become the most common usage of the term since the advent of cinema and television, which destroyed various kinds of entertainment provided by wandering showmen.
Peeping Tom
the one man who disobeyed an edict to not watch Lady Godiva as she rode nude through the streets of Coventry in protest to taxation
peg boy
1. In seafaring, a young male sailor in Her Majesty's Navy, usually of slender disposition who was designated to sit on a peg to keep his anus loose for penetration by the other sailors.
2. In more modern times, a derogatory term denoting a sissy, a fag, or a feminine sailor.
pegging
a sexual practice by which a man is anally penetrated by a woman wearing a strap-on dildo.
pelvic exam
see pelvic examination
pelvic examination @wp
a physical examination of the female pelvic organs. Broadly, it can be divided into the external examination and internal examination.[
pelvic floor @wp
is composed of muscle fibers of the levator ani, the coccygeus, and associated connective tissue which span the area underneath the pelvis
pelvic floor muscles
see pelvic floor above
pelvic inflammatory disease
a term for inflammation of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries as it progresses to scar formation with adhesions to nearby tissues and organs. This can lead to infertility.
pelvic malignancy
cancer in the pelvic area
pelvic pain
pain in the pelvic area
penectomy
Penectomy is penis removal through surgery, generally for medical or personal reasons.
penetration
is a sexual activity that involves inserting a person's body part or an object into another person's (or animal's) body orifice, such as the vagina, anus or mouth.
penetration phobia
fear of sexual penetration
penetration toy
a sex toy designed for penetration of vagina, anus or mouth
penetrative sexual intercourse
sexual intercourse as opposed to outercourse
penile anesthesia
anesthesia or dorsal block to alleviate pain in the penis
penile cancer
a malignant growth found on the skin or in the tissues of the penis. Around 95% of penile cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.
penile fracture @wp
a rupture of one or both of the tunica albuginea, the fibrous coverings that envelop the penis's corpora cavernosa. It is caused by rapid blunt force to an erect penis, usually during vaginal intercourse or aggressive masturbation. It sometimes also involves partial or complete rupture of the urethra or injury to the dorsal nerves, veins and arteries
penile inversion @wp
In genital reassignment, penile inversion is the most common plastic surgical technique for creating a neovagina for trans women patients; it also is used for the genital corrections for people born intersex. see Vaginoplasty @wp
penile ligation
the binding or tying of the penis or foreskin. Historically, men in ancient Athens tied a string around their foreskins to protect the glans penis during wrestling matches. Māori men tied their foreskins as a show of modesty. In modern contexts, it can be used as a form of sex play or as a form of bondage.
penile plethysmography @wp
measurement of bloodflow to the penis.
penile suspensory ligament
attached to the pubic symphysis, which holds the penis close to the pubic bone and supports it when erect.
Penis - (also see page on 'Sex organs')
The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. The penis is the male reproductive organ and for mammals additionally serves as the external male organ of urination.
penis captivus @wp
describes a rare occurrence in heterosexual intercourse when the muscles in the vagina clamp down on the penis much more firmly than usual (a form of vaginismus), making it impossible for the penis to withdraw from the vagina.
penis diameter
see Human penis size @wp
penis enlargement
techniques reported to make the human penis larger.
penis extension
a partially hollow device like a very short dildo, with the hollow end placed on the end of the penis, intended to increase the effective length of the penis, again for the benefit of the person being penetrated. These are generally worn with condoms to prevent them from falling off during use.
penis girth
see Human penis size @wp
penis gourd see Koteka @wp
traditionally worn by native male inhabitants of some (mainly highland) ethnic groups in New Guinea to cover their genitals. They are normally made from a dried out gourd,
penis length
see Human penis size @wp
penis modification
see Genital modification and mutilation @wp
penis panic
a culture-specific syndrome in which an individual has an overpowering belief that his or her genitals (e.g., penis or female nipples) are retracting and will disappear,
penis pump
a cylinder that is fitted over the penis, with a manual or motorized pump to create a partial vacuum around the penis, engorging it as blood is drawn in
penis reattachment
The surgical reattachment of a penis severed by intentional or unintentional trauma, or unscheduled surgery; recovery of sexual function requires microsurgical techniques that allow the sewing of vessels and nerves of 1 mm or less
penis removal
the surgical removal of the penis for personal or medical reasons.(see penectomy)
penis size
see Human penis size @wp
penis sleeve
a cylindrical device that is placed on the shaft of the penis to:
  1. provide assistance for penetration during intercourse for men who cannot sustain an erection due to medical problems
  2. with the aim of increasing stimulation for the person being penetrated. They often have soft bumps intended to provide further stimulation.
penis substitute
penis that is used during the shooting of pornographic films - (sometimes prosthetic)
penis transplantation @wp
a surgical transplant procedure in which a penis is transplanted to a patient. The penis may be an allograft from a human donor, or it may be grown artificially, though the latter is untested in humans.
penis width
see Human penis size @wp
penoclitoris
a sex organ defect consisting of a structure with features of a small and deformed penis lacking a urethra, or an enlarged clitoris
peodeiktophilia
a paraphilia of the solicitational/allurative type in which sexuoerotic arousal and facilitation or attainment of orgasm are responsive to and contingent on evoking surprise, dismay, shock, or panic from a stranger by illicitly exhibiting the penis, either flaccid or erect, with orgasm induced or postponed [from Greek, peos, penis + deiknunain, to show + -philia]. There is no technical term for the reciprocal paraphilic condition, namely staring at the penis, which is subsumed under the broader concept of voyeurism. There is also no technical term for paraphilic exhibitionism of the female genitalia.
peptide hormone @wp
proteins that have endocrine functions in living animals
perceptual image
Perceptual means relating to the way people interpret and understand what they see or notice.
Percussion Play (or Percussive Play)
Term used by some SMers to group together all activities involving repeated striking, with the hands or with any heavy or light, blunt, cutting or stinging implements.

[ "The Perfumed Garden"

a sex manual and work of erotic literature. The full title of the book is The Perfumed Garden of Sensual Delight.
perimenopause
the term literally means "around the menopause", refers to the menopause transition years, a span of time both before and after the date of the final episode of flow.
perimetrium
the outer serosa layer of the uterus, equivalent to peritoneum
perineal massage
the practice of massaging the perineum to make it more flexible in preparation for childbirth.
perineal raphe
a visible line or ridge of tissue on the human body that extends from the anus through the perineum.
perineal reflex (or anal wink
the reflexive contraction of the external anal sphincter upon stroking of the skin around the anus.
perineal urethra @wp
a birth defect of the urethra in the male that involves an abnormally placed urinary meatus (the opening, or male external urethral orifice).
perineum
in females it is located between the vagina and anus and in males between the scrotum and anus.
period
see menstrual cycle @wp
peripheral nervous system @wp
the part of the nervous system consisting of the nerves and ganglia outside of the brain and spinal cord.
peritomy @wp
a procedure carried out during eye surgery, where a strip of the conjunctiva of an eye is removed, usually to correct pannus, where blood vessels begin to grow into the peripheral cornea
persistent Müllerian duct syndrome @wp
the presence of a uterus and sometimes other Müllerian duct derivatives in a genetically male animal.
persistent sexual arousal syndrome @wp
a spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal in women, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire.
persistent soliciting
personal ad
a classified advertisement seeking personal contact or dating
Perv
a person who exhibits perverted tendencies
Perversion
A term and concept describing those types of human behavior that are perceived to be a deviation from what is considered to be orthodox or normal. It was originally defined as a "deviation from the original meaning or doctrine", literally a "turning aside" from the norm. The term pervert is a person in a state of perversion, though this term, referring to a person instead of a behavior, is generally used in a derogatory sense. Perversion, or perverse behavior, differs from deviant behavior, which describes a recognized violation of social rules or norms (though the two terms can apply to the same behavior).
Petticoat discipline
Making a boy dress up as a girl to punish him by humiliation, as was apparently carried out in Scotland by making boys wear a kilt without a sporran.
pervertible
a term used to describe ordinary non-sexual objects, especially everyday household objects, that can be used sexually, particularly in BDSM play such as spanking.
pessary
a medical device inserted into the vagina, either to provide structural support, or as a method of delivering medication
petite mort
French for "the little death", is a metaphor for orgasm.
petticoat discipline
see Petticoat punishment
Petticoat domination
see Forced feminization
petticoat punishment
a kind of roleplay or fantasy that revolves around a male being dressed as a girl in front of his mother, sisters, or in some cases, girls of his own age whom he had offended by his boorish behavior.
petticoating
see petticoat punishment
petting
see making out
Peyronie disease

phallic stage

phallic symbol
Any object that symbolically resembles a penis may also be referred to as a phallus; however, such objects are more often referred to as being phallic (as in "phallic symbol"). Such symbols often represent the fertility and cultural implications that are associated with the male sexual organ, as well as the male orgasm.
phallometry
measurement of bloodflow to the penis
phallophilia
Fetish for large penises. see Size queen
phalloplasty
the construction or reconstruction of a penis, or the artificial modification of the penis by surgery, often for cosmetic purposes. The term phalloplasty is also occasionally used to refer to penis enlargement.
phallus
an erect penis or the mimetic image of an erect penis.
phantom pregnancy
a false pregnancy
phenotypic matching
a method of kinship recognition
pheromone @wp
a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species.
philanderer
the practice of having casual sex frequently with different partners or of being indiscriminate in the choice of sexual partners
philosophy of sex @wp
aspect of applied philosophy involved with the study of sex and love
phimosis @wp
a condition in males where the foreskin cannot be fully retracted over the glans penis.
phlebotomy @wp
the process of making an incision in a vein with a needle.
phobia @wp
meaning "fear" or "morbid fear
phobophilia
the love of fear
phone sex
refers to sexually explicit conversation between two or more persons via telephone, especially when at least one of the participants masturbates or engages in sexual fantasy.
Phthirius pubis @wp
also known as a pubic louse - "The crabs"
phygephilia
sexual arousal from being a fugitive
phylogeny @wp
the study of evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms
Physical Activity
covers anything that involves interpersonal physical touch. Examples are bondage, a backrub, sex, tickling, and the causing of pain by, say, spanking or whipping.
Physical Domination
This style of domination includes a wide range of activities, including spanking, whips, flails, floggers, and electrical stimulating devices. This style is often included along with restriction.
Physical intimacy @wp
is sensual proximity or touching. It is an act or reaction, such as an expression of feelings (including close friendship, love, or sexual attraction), between people
pick-up artist @wp
a man who trains in the skills and art of finding, attracting, and seducing women. Such a man purportedly abides by a certain system deemed effective by that community in his attempts to seduce women.
pictophilia
a behavioral addiction characterized by compulsive, repeated use of pornographic material until it causes serious negative consequences to one's physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being - see Pornography addiction
picture bride
refers to the practice in the early 20th century of immigrant workers (chiefly Japanese and Korean) in Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States selecting brides from their native countries via a matchmaker, who paired bride and groom using only photographs and family recommendations of the possible candidates. This is an abbreviated form of the traditional matchmaking process, and is similar in a number of ways to the concept of the mail-order bride.
pie throwing
can be seen as a form of playful humiliation
Piercing
Piercing is a way of ornamenting the body in other places than the ear with jewelry. Pierced areas can include the nose, eyebrow, lip, and nipples. In females, piercing can include the clitoris, clitoral hood, inner and outer labia. In males, piercing can include the penis shaft, the glands, and the scrotum. Any activity that involves piercing the body with a thin, sharp object such as a needle. There are two basic types: permanent piercing, sometimes called ringing, and play or temporary piercing. Play piercing is carried out for the experience of the piercing itself, the sensation of which can vary between barely noticeable and excruciating depending on where and how it is done. Thinner needles are used and are removed before the end of the session.
the Pill
often referred to as the birth control method that includes a combination of an estrogen (estradiol) and a progestogen (progestin).
pimp
an agent for prostitutes who collects part of their earnings
Pinafore eroticism
a kind of roleplay or sexual fantasy that revolves around a male being dressed as a girl in front of his mother, sisters, or in some cases, girls of his own age whom he had offended by his boorish behavior.
pinaforing
see Pinafore eroticism above
pinching
the act of compressing a portion of skin (and underlying tissue), typically between thumb and index finger
pink salon
a type of brothel in Japan which specialises in oral sex.
pitching woo
slang for Courtship
pituitary gland
an endocrine gland about the size of a pea at the base of the brain, secretes nine hormones that regulate homeostasis.
pity fuck
having sexual intercourse with another person out of sympathy
placenta @wp
an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply
placental abruption @wp
a complication of pregnancy, wherein the placental lining has separated from the uterus of the mother.
Planned Parenthood @wp
a non-profit organization providing reproductive
plastic clothing
clothing made of plastic for weather protection or fetishistic purpoaes
plateau phase
that period of sexual excitement prior to orgasm.
Plato's androgyne
Platonic love
see Platonic relationship
Platonic marriage
see Platonic relationship
Platonic relationship
a type of relationship that is chaste and non-sexual.
Play
BDSM activities between consenting partners.
Play Party
A BDSM event involving many people engaging in Scenes.
play piercing
a temporary or recreational piercing
Player @wp
A person who participates in play, a scene, scenes, or fetish activities.
playsuit (lingerie)
a romper style outfit made of silk or nylon
plaçage
a recognized extralegal system in which white French and Spanish and later Creole men entered into the equivalent of common-law marriages with women of African, Indian and white (European) Creole descent. The term comes from the French placer meaning "to place with".
plethysmography @wp
an instrument for measuring changes in volume within an organ or whole body (usually resulting from fluctuations in the amount of blood or air it contains).
plural marriage
see Polygamy
plushophile
someone who has a fetish for plushies.
plushophilia
a paraphilia involving stuffed animals. Plushophiles are sometimes called plushies, although this term (plushies) can also refer to non-sexual stuffed animal enthusiasts, and to stuffed animals in general.
PnP {Party and Play}
a phenomenon and subculture of recreational drug users who engage in sexual activities with one another, either one-on-one or in groups
Podophilia
see Foot fetish
point of no return
the point beyond which one must continue on his or her current course of action because turning back is physically impossible, prohibitively expensive or dangerous.
Politically Correct (PC)
A form of language or behavior meant not to offend people of another race, creed, gender or religion
Polyamory
The practice or lifestyle of being open to having more than one loving, intimate relationship at a time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved. The word is often used more broadly to refer to relationships that are not sexually exclusive, but there is disagreement on how broadly it applies (for example, many people contend that swinging is not polyamory). Persons who consider themselves open to or emotionally suited for such relationships may define themselves as polyamorous, often abbreviated to poly. (Also see Monogamy)
polyandry
means forming a sexual union with more than one male.
polyandry in Tibet @wp
a form of polygamy whereby a woman has several husbands. In Tibet those husbands are often brothers, which is why it is most commonly called "Fraternal Polyandry"
polycystic ovary syndrome @wp
a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance and cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant.
polyfidelity
a close-grouped form of polyamory in which more than two people have romantic relationships with sexual contact restricted to specific partners in a group.
polygamy
a form of polyamory where a person has more than one spouse at one time.
polygynandry
reproductive strategy that occurs when two or more males have an exclusive sexual relationship with two or more females.
polygyny
refers to the practice of having more than one wife at the same time.
polyiterophilia
A hyperphilia in which sexual gratification is achieved only through group sex with repetition of a particular act with multiple partners
polymastia
is the condition of having an additional breast. Extra breasts may appear with or without nipples or areolae. It is a condition and a form of atavism which is most prevalent in male humans, and often goes untreated as it is mostly harmless
polymorphous perverse
see polymorphous perversity
polymorphous perversity @wp
a psychoanalytic term for the human ability to gain sexual gratification outside socially normative sexual behaviors
polythelia
having an additional nipple occurring in mammals, including humans
pomosexual
A mentality in which heterosexual women can identify themselves as gay men and gay men can identify themselves as lesbians (or any other combination you can think of).
pompoir
{also known as "playing the flute", and "the Singapore grip") is a sexual technique in which the woman uses her vaginal muscles to stimulate the man's penis
pony boots (fetish footwear)
an item of fetish footware whose sole resembles a horse's hoof but which is made to fit a human foot
Ponygirl or Ponyboy
Sub is dressed in a pony outfit, with mouth bit and anal plug with a tail. They are told to prance or behave like a pony.
Pony Play
Training where the Dominant has his submissive play the part of an animal, such as a pony or horse. Can be quite elaborate with roles of Groom, Trainer, Jockey, owner, etc.
poppers
a class of recreational drugs consisting of alkyl and cycloalkyl nitrites such as amyl nitrite, cyclohexyl nitrite and Butyl nitrite.
popping her cherry
The act of losing one's virginity
porn star
a person who appears in pornographic movies, live sex shows or peep shows. Many actors and actresses may appear nude in films (usually filmed in explicit sexual genres).
pornai
In the classical era of ancient Greece, pornai were slaves of barbarian origin; see Prostitution in ancient Greece @wp
pornographic magazine
sometimes known as adult magazines, sex magazines, top-shelf magazines, blue books, or stick mags are magazines that contain content of a sexual nature, typically regarded as pornography.
pornographic movie
are motion pictures that explicitly depict sexual intercourse and other sexual acts, typically for the purpose of sexual arousal in the viewer.
pornographic novel
a literary genre that either takes the form of erotica written to arouse the reader, or to give instruction in sexual technique.
pornography
the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal. (from Greek: pictures of pornai)
pornography in Europe @wp
pornography in Japan @wp
pornography in the United States @wp
post-coital tristesse @wp
a feeling of melancholy after sexual intercourse
post-natal depression
see Postpartum depression @wp
post-orgasmic pain
post-partum sex taboo
the prohibition of a woman from having sexual intercourse for a specified period of time following the birth of a child.
posterior commissure of labia @wp
the rear joining of the labia majora. It is above the perineum.
posthumous marriage @wp
a marriage in which one of the participating members is deceased. It is legal in France and similar forms are practiced in Sudan and China.
postmasturbatory urine
postpartum examination
potency
refers to any of a wide range of masculine characteristics viewed positively
pozcum
he practice of pursuing sex with HIV infected individuals in order to contract HIV.
Power Exchange or TPE
Total Power Exchange has, in the last 20 years, become an increasingly popular term and an activity of interest in the popular press. Formally, the term emphasizes a pervasive subgroup of the psychological components of BDSM, most notably what is called power exchange. DS is widely experienced by tops as feeling high or aroused from exerting control, and by bottoms as a high or arousal from being controlled. That is, the partners agree to an exchange of power, ownership, command, or property rights. Total power exchange (or TPE) is a term that is sometimes used to describe a certain class of 24/7 (full-time) DS relationships wherein the submissive gives up to the dominant a very comprehensive range of rights to control the submissives daily existence.
pre-eclampsia @wp
a medical condition characterized by high blood pressure and significant amounts of protein in the urine of a pregnant woman.
pre-ejaculate
the clear, colorless, viscous fluid that emits from the urethra of the human penis during sexual arousal
pre-ejaculatory fluid
see pre-ejaculate
pre-marital sex
sexual intercourse engaged in by persons who are not yet married. (as opposed to extra-marital sex)
pre-menstrual tension @wp
a collection of emotional symptoms, with or without physical symptoms, related to a woman's menstrual cycle.
pre-op transsexual
refers to the fact that a transsexual has not yet had surgery to change their sexual organs from what they are presently to what they will be when they are done. Surgery costs a lot of money, and psychiatrists require a year of living as a person of the opposite sex BEFORE getting the reassignment surgery, so there is always a period of time where they are caught between worlds: male parts but female appearance or female parts and male appearance.
precocious puberty
describes puberty occurring at an unusually early age.
Predicament bondage
A form of bondage in which a person is bound in such a way that they are forced to decide between two equally painful positions
prednisone @wp
a synthetic corticosteroid drug that is particularly effective as an immunosuppressant drug.
pregnancy @wp
the fertilization and development of one or more offspring, known as an embryo or fetus, in a woman's uterus.
pregnancy fetishism
also known as maiesiophilia, is a sexual fetish for women who are or appear pregnant
pregnancy over age 50 @wp
Prehn's sign @wp
a medical diagnostic indicator that was once believed to help determine whether the presenting testicular pain is caused by acute epididymitis or from testicular torsion
preimplantation genetic diagnosis @wp
refers to genetic profiling of embryos prior to implantation
premarital intercourse
 : sexual intercourse engaged in by persons who are not yet married. (as opposed to extra-marital sex)
premature ejaculation
occurs when a man experiences orgasm and expels semen soon after sexual activity and with minimal penile stimulation.
premature puberty
also known as Precocious puberty
premenstrual dysphoric disorder @wp
a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) afflicting 3% to 8% of women
premenstrual stress syndrome @wp or PMS
a collection of emotional symptoms, with or without physical symptoms, related to a woman's menstrual cycle.
prenatal masculinization @wp
as prenatal androgen transfer or prenatal hormone transfer refers to the phenomenon in which testosterone synthesized by a developing male fetus transfers to one or more developing fetuses within the womb and influences development
prenatal screening @wp
refer to two different types of tests) is testing for diseases or conditions in a fetus or embryo before it is born
prenatal testing
see prenatal screening
prenuptial agreement
is a contract entered into prior to marriage, civil union or any other agreement prior to the main agreement by the people intending to marry or contract with each other
prepenetrative orgasm
an orgasm reached before actual penetrative intercourse
Prepuce - (also see page on 'Sex organs')
The prepuce is a retractable piece of skin which covers part of the genitals of primates and other mammals - also known as foreskin
prepuce plasty
see preputial plasty
preputial plasty
a plastic surgical operation on the prepuce or foreskin of the penis, to widen a narrow non-retractile foreskin which cannot comfortably be drawn back off the head of the penis in erection because of a stenosis
preputial ring
an area/band of highly innervated wrinkly skin toward the end of the foreskin
preputial stenosis
a condition in males where the foreskin cannot be fully retracted over the glans penis
President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography @wp
set up by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1969 to study pornography. also see Meese Commission
Press Style Nipple Clamps
Nipple clamps that press the nipple between two pieces of metal usually forced together by a thumb screw. The thumb screw allows them to be squeezed tight or jut enough to stay in place.
priapism
a potentially painful medical condition, in which the erect penis does not return to its flaccid state,
Priapus
a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia.
PRICK
PRICK stands for Personal Responsibility Informed Consensual Kink. It is an alternative to RACK that emphasizes personal responsibility for choices and consequences. {see Consent
primatologist
a person involved in the scientific study of primates.
primigravida
is a technical term that refers to the number of times a female has given birth to a baby
Prince Albert piercing
a ring-style piercing that extends along the underside of the glans from the urethral opening to where the glans meets the shaft of the penis.
Prince's wand
(also known as a penis plug) is a piece of body piercing jewelry
Prince Albert
Also known as a PA. A male piercing between the urethra and the underside of the penis. Not named after the Prince of Monaco.
Princess Albertina piercing
a body piercing where a ring enters the urethra and exits through the top of the vagina.
prison rape
refers to rape occurring in prison - common theme of Women in prison exploitation films
prison sexuality @wp
deals with sexual relationships between confined individuals or those between a prisoner and a prison employee
private dancer
see Table dancing
proceptive phase
the initial period in a relationship when organisms are "courting" each other, prior to the acceptive phase when copulation occurs. ; procurer
ProDom
a professional Dominant or Dominatrix
ProSub
a professional Submissive
professional dominant
see Professional dominant
professional dominatrix
see Professional dominant
professional submissive
see ProDom#ProSub
progesterone @wp
a steroid hormone involved in the female menstrual cycle, pregnancy (supports gestation) and embryogenesis of humans and other species
progesterone only pill
are contraceptive pills that contain only synthetic progestogens
progestin
a synthetic progestogen that has effects similar to progesterone
progestin-induced hermaphroditism
see progestin-induced virilisation
progestin-induced virilisation
or high doses of certain weakly androgenic synthetic progestogens (progestins) structurally related to testosterone can masculinize (virilize) the external genitalia of a female fetus during susceptible times in pregnancy.
progestogen @wp
a group of hormones including progesterone.
prohibited degree of kinship @wp
refers to a degree of consanguinity (blood relatedness) between persons that results in certain actions between them becoming illegal.
prolactin @wp
a protein that in humans is probably best known for its role in enabling female mammals to produce milk
prolactin-inhibitory factor
A substance of hypothalamic origin capable of inhibiting the synthesis and release of prolactin. Also called prolactin-inhibiting hormone, prolactostatin.
promiscuity
denotes sex with relatively many partners.
prophylactic
any medical or public health procedure whose purpose is to prevent, rather than treat or cure, a disease or other medical issue
prostaglandins @wp
a group of lipid compounds that are derived enzymatically from fatty acids and have important functions in the animal body
Prostate - (also see page on 'Sex organs')
A gland in male mammals surrounding the urethra just below the urinary bladder that controls the release of urine from the bladder and produces a secretion that is the fluid part of semen.
prostate cancer
cancers of the prostate gland - can be diagnosed using colonoscopy
prostate massage
the massage or stimulation of the prostate gland in males, either for medical or sexual purposes
prostate milking
see prostate massage
prostate orgasm
achieving an orgasm through prostate stimulation alone
prostate specific antigen @wp or PSA
PSA is present in small quantities in the serum of men with healthy prostates, but is often elevated in the presence of prostate cancer or other prostate disorders.
prostate-specific antigen
see PSA above
prostatectomy @wp
the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland.
prostatic congestion @wp
a medical condition of the prostate gland (prostatosis) that happens when the prostate becomes swollen by excess fluid. The condition often results in a sufferer feeling the urge to urinate frequently.
prostatic ducts
open into the floor of the prostatic portion of the urethra, and are lined by two layers of epithelium, the inner layer consisting of columnar and the outer of small cubical cells. They open onto the prostatic sinus.
prostatic sinus
prostatic urethra
prostatic utricle
prostatitis @wp
is inflammation of the prostate gland. Prostatitis is classified into acute, chronic, asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis, and chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
prosthesis @wp
an artificial device that replaces a missing body part lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions.
prosthetic testis
see prosthetic testicles
prosthetics
an artificial device that replaces a missing body part lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions.
prostitute
practice of engaging in sexual relations, especially in a promiscuous way in exchange for payment in money or other things of value
prostitutes' maid
a person, usually female, how assists a prostitute get ready for clients and helps clean up after the client leaves
prostitution

Prostitution in various parts of the world

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proxy marriage
see proxy wedding below
proxy wedding
a wedding in which the bride or groom (or both) is not physically present, usually being represented instead by another person. If both partners are absent a double proxy wedding occurs.
prude @wp
a person who is described as (or would describe themselves as) being concerned with decorum or propriety, significantly in excess of normal prevailing community standards. They may be perceived as being more uncomfortable than most with sexuality or nudity.
pseudocyesis
see false pregnancy @wp
pseudohermaphrodite
see pseudohermaphroditism below
pseudohermaphroditism
the condition in which an organism is born with secondary sex characteristics or a phenotype that is different from what would be expected on the basis of the gonadal tissue (ovary or testis).
pseudovaginal perineoscrotal hypospadias @wp
refers to a configuration of the external genitalia of an infant. In a sense, this configuration is roughly midway between normal male genitalia and normal female genitalia in structure and appearance
psychoendocrinology
the study of the relationship between the endocrine system and various symptoms or types of mental illness
psychohormonal
Mental effect by hormones on behavior.
psycholagny
refers to the ability to reach or achieve orgasm without any physical stimulation of the genitalia, usually achieved through mental stimulation or fantasy alone. Also referred to as a "psychic orgasm".[
Psychological Activity
covers the psychological effects of punishment, praise, love, obedience, control, orders, humiliation, etc., as well as the moods engendered by ritual, symbolic, or religious activity, catharsis, rage, and a variety of what are sometimes called "altered" states.
psychomotor epilepsy
any of a group of syndromes characterized by paroxysmal transient disturbances of brain function that may be manifested as episodic impairment or loss of consciousness, abnormal motor phenomena, psychic or sensory disturbances, or perturbation of the autonomic nervous system; symptoms are due to disturbance of the electrical activity of the brain.
Psychopathia Sexualis
written by Richard von Krafft-Ebing describing various sexual newurosis
Psychopathia Transsexualis
written by Richard von Krafft-Ebing describing transexualism
psychopathic @wp
Psychopathy is defined as either an aspect of personality or as a personality disorder, characterized by enduring dissocial or antisocial behavior, a diminished capacity for empathy or remorse, and poor behavioral controls or fearless dominance.
psychosexual development
a central element of the psychoanalytic sexual drive theory, that human beings, from birth, possess an instinctual libido (sexual energy) that develops in five stages. see Psychosexual stages
psychosexual disorder
a term which may simply refer to a sexual problem that is psychological, rather than physiological, in origin.
psychosexual inversion
a term used by sexologists, primarily in the late 19th and early 20th century, to refer to homosexuality.
Psychosexual stages
The five stage of childhood development described by Sigmund Freud
psychrophilia
extremophilic organisms that are capable of growth and reproduction in cold temperatures, ranging from −15°C to +10°C
PT-141
a compound under drug development by Palatin Technologies as a treatment for female sexual dysfunction, hemorrhagic shock and reperfusion injury - see Bremelanotide @wp
puberty
the process of physical changes by which a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction to enable fertilization
puberty blockers
also called puberty inhibitors, puberty suppressors, or hormone suppressors, are a group of medications used to inhibit puberty
pubic depilation
Removal of pubic hair
pubic dressing
the dressing or trimming of pubic hair at a salon or spa, etc
pubic hair @wp
hair in the frontal genital area of adolescent and adult humans, located on and around the sex organs, the crotch, and sometimes at the top of the inside of the thighs, in the pubic region around the pubis bone.
pubic lice
Pediculosis pubis @wp - "Pubic crabs"
pubic piercing
is a genital piercing on a man. It is the male version of a Christina piercing.
pubic shaving
removal of body hair in the pubic reagion of the body - "a shaved pussy"
pubic symphysis @wp
is the midline cartilaginous joint uniting the left and right pubic bones
public nudity @wp
refers to nudity not in an entirely private context. It refers to a person appearing nude in a public place or to be seen from a public place. It also includes nudity in a semi-public place, where the general public is free to enter, such as a shopping mall.
public sex
a term to describe sex in a public environment. The term is increasingly used to describe an act just outside a private residence regardless of whether it be strictly public
pubococcygeus muscle
a hammock-like muscle, found in both sexes, that stretches from the pubic bone to the coccyx (tail bone) forming the floor of the pelvic cavity and supporting the pelvic organs
pudenda
the external genital organs, especially those of the female; vulva.
pudendal nerve
a nerve in the pelvic region that carries sensory and motor fibres.
puerperal psychosis
also refers to Postpartum depression @wp
puerperium
a less common term for the postpartum period of a pregnancy
Punishment
Another common, though by no means universal, component of DS is punishment or discipline. This also falls under the less-used category of B&D, but these days it seems to mostly be discussed under the heading of d/s. Punishments:
for example, spankings, canings, standing in the corner, or whatever the partners agree on, can be quite desirable by the bottom.
Puppy Play
Perhaps the most popular of animal Role Playing Games. (RPG) Here, the submissive actually mimics a puppy. Sometimes it can evolve into a lifestyle where the "puppy" even sleeps in a cage.
Sub is made to act like a puppy. Sub barks, whines, eats from a bowl, etc. Such play is almost never sexual, but rather focuses on the altered mind-space of bottom/pup.
pup-play
see Puppy play
purdah @wp
a religious and social institution of female seclusion observed by some women in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Northern India
puritan
a person who adheres to puritanism beliefs
puritanism
Scrupulous moral rigor, especially hostility to social pleasures and indulgences: "Puritanism is the source of our greatest hypocrisies and most crippling illusions"
purity ring
(also known as chastity rings, abstinence rings) are worn as a sign of chastity.
Pushy bottom
Old school phrase for a very demanding bottom. Associated with Topping from the Bottom, brat or sam.
Pussy Torture
The use of BDSM devices - such as clamps - on the female gential area to produce pain.
putative marriage @wp
an apparently valid marriage, entered into in good faith on the part of at least one of the partners, but that is legally invalid due to a technical impediment,
PVC fetishism
see Rubber and PVC Fetishism
Pygmalianism
Sex with statues or inanimate objects
Pygophilemania
Sexual arousal from kissing butt cheeks
pygophilia
also known as buttocks fetishism - see ass worship
pyromania @wp
an impulse control disorder in which individuals repeatedly fail to resist impulses to deliberately start fires,
pyrophilia
a relatively uncommon paraphilia in which the patient derives gratification from fire and fire-starting activity
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