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Like many sexually active, heterosexual women, I have had my fair share of experiences with men trying to explain to me that condoms just don’t “work” for them. I’m a little embarrassed to report that in my younger years when I was less experienced and much less confident, I might have tried to convince them otherwise or negotiate some way for us to have sex anyway (usually ending up doing it on his terms). Thankfully, these days I have no problem just saying, “that’s bullshit” and “this ain’t happening unless you wrap it up. Read More
In 1966, U.S. News and World Report asked: “Is the Pill regarded as a license for promiscuity? Can its availability to all women of childbearing age lead to sexual anarchy?” Did you laugh? I did. Ready for another laugh? People believe that Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV, will make you promiscuous... and should therefore be avoided. I’m not kidding! It’s 2015 and people still fear the false relationship between reproductive health technology advancements and promiscuity. I know, those things are terrifying. I have nightmares about promiscuity. Read More
Finally. A new form of birth control for men may be available to the public as early as 2017. Yes, ladies, it is actually going to happen. Cue celebratory dance. According to the Parsemus Foundation, Vasalgel is a non-hormonal contraceptive option that has proved so successful in trials with baboons that scientists believe they’re just about ready to start testing it on humans. The contraceptive requires a single treatment to be effective, as opposed to female oral contraception which necessitates a daily dose. Read More
Sex permeates the lives of teenagers in one way or another; whether it’s vaguely through the media, gossip at school or directly from adults and educators. A lot of the time teens have more misconceptions and questions than answers. Read More
Is that a list in your pants, or are you just happy to see me? Irony has rooted itself in our culture, and now it's taken hold of our sex lives. Dating and sex can be awkward for everyone, but a little determination goes a long way. It's best to be pragmatic about these things. The world, and the internet currently attempting to swallow it whole, is full of misinformation, theories, and most of all, lists. The sex tips in beauty magazines usually end up more boardroom than bedroom. Read More
  Turns out, February's lousy with unheralded holidays. Beyond Valentine's and Galentine's and Anna Howard Shaw Day, savvy citizens should note National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (happening right now; see our recent coverage), Black History Month (ditto) and the even lesser-known National Condom Awareness fest. Sponsored in part by the American Social Health Organization, Condom Month is dedicated to promoting safe sex. Because as we all oughta know by now, the proper use of protection prevents disease and pregnancy and all sorts of unpleasant surprises. Read More
  Birth control is an extremely personal choice for each couple and for each woman. For some, an IUD feels risky, a condom less pleasurable, a daily pill impractical. Doctors are constantly on the lookout for breakthroughs that might allow for more convenient and safe contraception.    A recent push from both medical experts and the masses for “post-fertilization contraception” might provide a solution for some women. A “pregnancy-disrupting drug [designed to be taken once a month] already exists,” reports New York Magazine’s Kat Stoeffel. Read More
  Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further. We're here to help you with honest feedback about having an IUD. Two BUSTies have IUDs – I have the Mirena, and Kelly has the Paragard. We will be covering each in sordid detail to help you make the right choice. Read More
  Boston College’s Students for Sexual Health, an unofficial group formed in 2009, advocate safe sex on campus by distributing condoms, health pamphlets, and lube-- or at least they’ve been trying to. Administrative staff at Boston College recently sent them a cease and desist letter stating that such behavior is “not congruent with our values and traditions.” The campus group's behavior appears to be in complete opposition to the traditional Boston College suggestion of abstinence as the best way to prevent pregnancy and disease. Read More
As any hapless nerd in a teen sex comedy would tell you, the mere possession of a condom doesn't necessarily guarantee that you're gonna get laid. Unfortunately, New York City police seem to think otherwise, as they're known to confiscate condoms as evidence of prostitution. Read More