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I have three alarms set on my phone to remember to take my birth control pill. Three. And sometimes, I still forget to take my pill. If you also take the pill, you probably understand my struggle. If you don’t take the pill, you probably just think I’m an idiot. There is a new electronic reminder system to remind you to take your birth control! Oviary is set on a 24-hour clock. When you take your pill, the clock resets. You simply open up the device, pop out a pill, and bam. You’re done for the day. 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
The July/August issue of Annals of Family Medicine provided a not-so-shocking discovery that women over the age of 60 are still having sex (and enjoying it). As a sexually active woman in my 20’s, I want to declare that I will never not (yes, that was a double negative) want to have sex and promise my opinion will be the same in 30 years time. Nobody should assume any woman becomes inactive after menopause, either, but that’s an entirely different subject on gender stigma we can save for later. Read More
If hormonal birth control doesn't sit well with you, you're not alone: Side effects include mood changes, weight gain, depression, and more severely, deep vein thombrosis or blood clots. Yes, methods like the pills or Nuvaring can be a great option for many, but if it's not for you—fear not! You have so many alternatives. Would the hormone-free birth controls please form an orderly line… Here we have the diaphragm!  The diaphragm is a shallow, dome-shaped cup inserted into your vagina to cover the cervix. Exciting! If you can put in a tampon, you can put in Ms. Diaphragm. Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that one in five teens have used the morning-after pill, compared to ten years ago when it was only one in twelve. This is likely correlated to the fact that the pill is now over-the-counter and, as of two years ago, available to any age. More accessible birth control in combination with better sex education have led to a huge decrease in teen pregnancy. The survey found that even though the percentage of teens using emergency contraception has risen, they aren’t having any more sex than previous years. Read More
Flibanserin! The female “viagra” that is nothing like viagra. Let’s discuss. There are two problems. I’ll break it down for ya: 1. Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). This is a woman’s ongoing lack of interest in sex, to the point where it causes her personal distress or problems in her relationships. It affects one in ten women, so it’s not uncommon, but until now there has never been an FDA approved drug to treat it. Madness! 2. 26 v. 0. Read More
Pain when urinating. Discolored urine. Lower back pain. Lower abdomen pain. Fever. Chills. Is this an STI or a UTI? It could be either! A new study found that emergency rooms are frequently mistaking STIs for UTIs, which causes a bit of a problem. They’re prescribing unnecessary antibiotics, killing a non-existent infection, and sending you home with the same STI you arrived with.  Here’s what happens: It hurts. It burns. It aches. You go to the emergency room, you pee in a cup, and they do an instant urinalysis. Read More
   The ubiquitous gyno tool is probably your least-favorite thing that goes in your vagina—so how did it get there? It’s a scary story By Johanna Gohmann Illustration by Maritsa Patrinos During a recent visit to my gynecologist (the too-perfectly named Dr. Fuchs), I realized I had been subconsciously crossing and uncrossing my legs as I waited for my name to be called. Read More
  Babeland is a feminist sex toy retailer started over 20 years ago in Seattle, WA, by two queer best friends, me (Rachel) and Claire. We’ve been allies with BUST for all these years, and because it’s Pride, which is a pretty sexy month, they invited us to do a blog post. Thanks BUST! Babeland and Pride go way back. I remember in June of 1993, Claire and I taught ourselves to screenprint so we could give our friends barely dry “Where is Babeland?” shirts to wear at the parade. We didn’t have a store yet, but we had a plan. Women wanted vibrators and dildos. Read More
A 30-something asexual woman reveals the truth about her oft-misunderstood orientation By Keira Tobias // Illustration by Emily Flake I remember it clearly: I was in the sixth grade, and my mom asked me which boy I had a crush on. I refused to give a name, but she pressed on, asking which actors I thought were cute. I felt acutely embarrassed by the question, and didn’t want to answer her, but I finally said Ethan Hawke (this was the era of Reality Bites) just to appease her, and then changed the subject. Read More