A-Z of sex word meaning

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An area inside a woman's vagina which is claimed to cause heightened sexual pleasure.


Another word meaning homosexual. Someone who is sexually attracted to members of their own sex.

Gay Sex

People of the same sex stimulating each other sexually.

Gender Dysphoria

Used to describe when a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity. This is also the clinical diagnosis for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Gender Identity

A person’s internal sense of their own gender. This could be male, female, or something else (for example see non-binary).

Gender Stereotypes

The ways that we expect people to behave in society according to their gender, or what is commonly accepted as ‘normal’ for someone of that gender.

Genital Examination

When a doctor or nurse examines the vagina, or penis and testicles.

Genital Warts

Small growths on or around the genitals caused by a virus.


The reproductive organs in both men and women.


A sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can be easily treated with antibiotics, but can get serious if it is left untreated. See our STI page for more information.

GUM Clinic

An NHS run clinic that can help you with any aspect of sexual health. Treatment is free and confidential. Click here to find one near you.


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