Sex

Q: Sex has always been painful for me. Right after I started having sex, I had an extensive yeast infection that resulted in vaginal nerve damage. Pelvic floor therapy worked wonders, and I learned a number of exercises to do on my own and with my boyfriend before sex, which included everything from massage to dilators. My then-boyfriend was very supportive, but we’ve since broken up. I’m hoping to start dating again soon, but I’m not sure how to approach sex with a new guy. Despite...
In our world today, you could get pregnant. If you’re a woman having sex with a man, that is. I mean, I’m saying it could happen if you don’t use birth control. But then again, maybe it could still happen. Condoms break, dosages can mix weirdly with other prescriptions, or like, God or Chester Cheetoh or whoever could just decide randomly to bestow the crying, shitting, diaper-bearing gift of life upon you’re already frantic life. Ug. No thank you! It’s so cool that the world...

As women, many of us are not taught the fundamentals of our vaginal anatomy, let alone socially permitted to explore the far-reaching gradient of the female orgasm. It’s a jungle of female pleasure out there, and there are a million ways to have a good time. One of those ways is vibrators! Two Bust Interns took a handful of shiny new toys for a spin. Isabel and Elizabeth tested and reviewed the Tango WeVibe, the Silhouette S17 by Calexotics, the Vibratex Princessa, the Eroscillator Top Deluxe Ultimate...
Flibanserin, also referred to (incorrectly) as “female Viagra,” has been a hot news topic lately. A few weeks ago, BUST wrote a story about this pill, and I couldn't stop think about what this whole thing would mean for women who identified as asexual. After years of debate, flibanserin, the first drug designed to boost women’s libido, was finally approved by the FDA last week. Most feminist communities had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the pill and its approval. Many women’s groups see it as an...
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”...
In this day and age, sex toys aren’t as taboo as they once were. In fact, dildos are as common in a household as other living commodities. To summarize, it takes a lot to stir up the majorly desensitized internet in terms of sex. So then why is this seemingly normal dildo causing such a buzz? For starters, it can “impregnate” you. Not literally – now that would be cause for conversation. But, yes, if your fetish so desires, this Ovipositor dildo from Primalwere will cater...
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,...

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. But...
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...
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...