By Eva

What is Natural Family Planning? Fertility awareness, more often referred to as natural family planning, is about tracking your menstrual cycle to determine the days you are fertile, have an ovulation, and can get pregnant. You also track when it is safe to have sex without getting pregnant. How does it work? There are different ways to track your menstrual cycle. To do this you have to pay very close attention to your body and its patterns. There are three methods of natural family planning: the rhythm method, symptothermal method, and the cervical mucus method. How do you use…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? Chlamydia is a very common STI that can infect both women and men. It’s a bacterial infection that transmits through unprotected sex and can infect the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, eyes, and throat. As opposed to some other STIs, the silver lining is that it is easily cured with antibiotic medicine. How do you get it? Chlamydia is as mentioned an STI that is transmitted during sexual contact as vaginal, anal or oral sex. The infection is carried in semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. The infection is transmitted if you have unprotected sex with…Read More

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By Eva

What is it? Vaginal discharge is a mucus or fluid that is excreted from the vagina. Most girls will notice that they get a little discharge for a while before they get their period for the first time, maybe one to two years before. All women have normally some discharge that is slimy, milky white or clear. In contact with air, the discharge oxidizes and it turns yellow. The smell should not be pleasant, and normal discharge usually does not cause itching. The degree of discharge varies from woman to woman and for the individual woman during the menstrual…Read More

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By lanai

My sex toy journey started after I ended a long-term relationship back in 2012. I knew about sex toys from being an avid fan of “Sex and the City”. However, nothing could have prepared me for all of the orgasmic lessons and blessings I was about to receive. My First Sex Toy  I distinctly remember seeing the outdoor Babeland sign and putting more pep into my step as I walked closer and closer to the glass doors. I entered through the wide doorway and was surrounded by rainbow-colored silicone dildos, gleaming silver bullet vibrators, and lava-lamp-shaped butt plugs. I perused…Read More

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By Eva

Do not skip foreplay! Unlike men, women often need a bit more help to get aroused and wet. It usually takes longer time to get wet than to get an erection, so women have a lot to win on a proper foreplay. But also men get a harder, more lasting, and more sensitive erection if they use some time, and the orgasm will also be more powerful. Foreplay should not be looked as a burden you have to do before you get to the good stuff. Foreplay is a part of the good stuff! It helps maintain physical and…Read More

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By Eva

Emergency contraception prevents pregnancies. You can take emergency contraception if you have had unprotected sex and used other contraceptives wrong, haven’t used contraceptives or the condom broke. Here are some myths about emergency contraception: It is the same as abortion: Emergency contraception prevents pregnancies, and doesn’t interfere with existing pregnancies. The pill will suppress an ovulation, making it harder for the egg to be fertilized. If you take a pill, but are already pregnant, it will not harm the fetus. You need a prescription: Plan B is now available to women of any age over-the-counter. Ella is available to…Read More

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By Maryam

Do you work late nights or overnight shifts? I hate to break it to you, but this may be affecting your cycle… Researchers in Britain recently did a study on work shift and how it affects people. One part of the study was specifically to see how it affects women and their menstrual cycles. Out of over 100,000 women studied, it was found that work shift (like working overnight or alternating shifts) made women have a 40% higher chance of menstrual problems. What Causes This? One of the main reasons for this is that shift work can mess up…Read More

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By kirsten

Having heavy periods is often very annoying and uncomfortable. Medically, a heavy period is when you soak through a pad or tampon within two hours. This is a condition called menorrhagia. The definition is when a woman has a heavy period (see above) or when her period lasts longer than 7 days. Should I Be Concerned? Usually, a heavy period isn’t a serious medical problem, it is just a nuisance. Although, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, a heavy period is caused by an underlying medical condition. Some of the causes of heavy menstrual bleeding are: Endometrial cancer Thickening…Read More

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By Maryam

PMS stands for premenstrual syndrome. Millions of women are affected by PMS each month. According to one study, it was estimated that almost 90% of women experience at least one symptom during their menstrual cycle each month. Although, most of these symptoms are mild enough that doctors wouldn’t consider you to have PMS. What Exactly Is PMS? It is often easy to blame mood swings, or feeling unusually down in the dumps with simply having PMS. While a lot of women experience symptoms of PMS, they don’t necessarily have PMS. PMS is typically described as a distinct change in…Read More

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By Eva

What is it? Gonorrhea is an infection caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The bacteria are transferred during sex. In women, gonorrhea usually affects the cervix, urethra or both. Non-treated gonorrhea may spread to ovaries, uterus or fallopian tubes. When this happens, it is called acute pelvic infection, pelvic inflammation or ovarian inflammation. In men, gonorrhea affects the urethra, which transports the urine from the bladder and out. Untreated gonorrhea may spread to the testicles and prostate which may be painful. You can also get urinary tract scar tissue that blocks the urinary tract. This can lead to further…Read More

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By marthe

Ah, the biology of the human body is so extremely fascinating! Where do all these feelings actually come from? Are they real? Our body is designed to attract partners, thus we emit pheromones designed to appeal to those who are genetically compatible with us. These pheromones are released from our glands. In addition to attracting a partner through our scent, some more or less successfully resort to flirting and body language. When you have successfully attracted a partner, your body is wired for lust. And when all you want is to merge with that other person, you are actually…Read More

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By marthe

Many women ask themselves, "Should I get on birth control?" You may be surprised to know the majority of reasons for starting.  According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, 82% of teens use the pill for non-contraceptive reasons. Additionally, more than half of all users use it mainly for other reasons than preventing pregnancies. There are many different reasons why you might benefit from starting the pill and we've listed the most common reasons below.  Sex - Let's be honest, the most obvious for many, is starting birth control to use to prevent pregnancies. Birth control plays a huge…Read More

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By marthe

Vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, oral sex, masturbation; and the list of human sexual experiences goes on. Some do it for pleasure, some do it out of boredom and some do it because they want to procreate. Whatever your reason for indulging in sexual activity is, it says more about your body than you might know. By keeping track of your sexual activity, combined with your cycle you’ll be able to understand more about your body and sexual health than before. Why should you track your sexual activity? If you’re trying to get pregnant Keeping track of when you had…Read More

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By marthe

Did you know that your clitoris has more than 8,000 sensory nerve endings? That's more than the penis! The female reproductive system is immensely complex and ever so interesting. Here is a guide to lay out the major parts of your reproductive system. To break it down, the reproductive system consists of both outer parts, and inner parts. The outer parts: Vulva: The collective name for all your sexual organs outside your body. It is actually more correct to use this term than the more popular name vagina. Mons: Finally, the fatty tissue below your bellybutton actually has a purpose…Read More

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By kirsten

If you’ve never been to a gynecologist, it’s completely normal to be a little nervous. I know I was! But you should know that there is nothing to worry about. Your gynecologist is there to help you. If it’s your first visit, you might be wondering what to expect and why you need to go in the first place. Some of the main reasons women visit the gynecologist can include discussing birth control options, learning about how to prevent and test for STI’s, annual pelvic exams, and getting screened for reproductive cancer. When Should I See a Gynecologist? Typically,…Read More

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By marthe

Oh, no, not again! That awful itch. Damning the fact that you are not a cavewoman, scratching yourself in public might not always be socially acceptable. Carefully adjusting your pants might do the trick, but either way, you need to deal with it ASAP. The fungus called Candidia Yeast infection is caused by a type of fungus called Candida. This yeast normally lives inside your body, at places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina. We even have it on our skin, and normally we don’t have a problem with it. However in those occasions where candida decides…Read More

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By madeline

If you’re uninsured, you’re not alone! According to the United States Census Bureau, 48 million people were uninsured in the US in 2012. This is 15.4% of the total under 65 population! However, being uninsured doesn’t mean you can't access affordable birth control. Birth control pricing can vary dramatically based on numerous factors. In the US, the market for birth control is governed by free market principles, meaning that pharmacies can set their pricing however they choose. Even so, pharmacies are also at the mercy of the manufacturers and distributors of the medication, which is why pricing can vary…Read More

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By Maryam

Meet Merissa Hawkins, our PrEP and Nonprofit Lead! She joined our team in July 2017 from Columbus, Ohio. She is passionate about finding creative ways to make healthcare more engaging and accessible, particularly in the world of HIV prevention and women’s health. So of course, Nurx’s use of telemedicine to reduce barriers to quality healthcare was a perfect fit. Merissa will now be focused on all things PrEP here at Nurx and working with our partner nonprofits and researchers. How did you get into this field of work? My journey to the world of HIV prevention was never necessarily…Read More

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