Mehinako men are very outspoken about their sexual relations and extramarital affairs are one of the favorite subjects of discussion in the village (Gregor, 1977). Lovers who meet outside the village give each other presents in exchange for sexual relations. During the bartering sessions (uluki) the sexual activity of a particular woman is quickly revealed to the rest of the women by the abundance of her glass bead necklaces.

Men describe the odor of menstrual blood as disgusting, but in the village a menstruating women only keeps away from the kitchen and subsistence activities for a short time.

It is believed that many sexual acts, sometimes with different men, are necessary to form a fetus. Several Mehinako women complained about the extreme pain during the birth of their first child; one of them decided to take a special medicine for contraception, and another living outside the village in Canarana choose to take the contraceptive pill.

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