By Eva

A Swedish study has shown that exercising during menstruation, in the beginning of their cycle, improves the quality of muscle growth post-workout. The researchers believe that this is due to the hormonal variations, specifically, the high estrogen levels, during the beginning of the cycle. But exercising during your period can also help you avoid some  discomforts. Boost your mood and combat PMS: Your hormone level in your body will decrease during PMS, this also applies to the ‘happiness hormone’ serotonin. Thus, it can be good with a little extra pep. Some easy, and relaxing ballet exercises or light stretches…Read More

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By Eva

What is it? Genital herpes inis one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S and it is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV; HSV-1 which can be found on the genitals and in the face or mouth, and HSV-2 which can be found around and on the genitals. Only two out of ten people who are infected with genital herpes know that they have it. That is because in most cases produces either no symptoms or very mild ones. How do you get it? HSV is passed from one…Read More

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By marthe

Hitting up the health center again, awkwardly standing in line to get tested, and for what?  “I feel fine, I’m sure Jack, or John, or what's-his-name is STI- free.” Well, that’s the thing though, you never know. If not careful, yesterday's bliss can easily result in tomorrow’s pain. Girl, take charge of your sex life and practice safe sex. Being prepared, being ready, and being safe is healthy and wise. Safe sex is a term of protecting yourself and your partner(s) from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. Many are not aware of the risk they pose from having…Read More

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By marthe

We know by now that archeologists and researchers tend to find the most peculiar things about our history.  Everything from the first dildo, the first attempts at birth control, and now even grooming techniques for your vajayjay. Turns out that it all started with the ancient Egyptians. As in most other aspects, the ancient Egyptians were rather civilized, and probably some of the first to start grooming their pubic hair. The general opinion in ancient Egypt was that having pubic hair was uncivilized, thus it had to go. As history will have it, the trend followed in ancient Greek…Read More

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By marthe

Life as we know it can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Take it from me, ex-professional stressor. Maybe you have finals coming up, someone close to you is ill, or maybe there is just too many things on your plate at once. It is all perfectly normal, but by sneaking in some de-stressing, your everyday life will improve significantly. Why so stressed? The first step is always to understand what is exactly stressing you. The National Institute of Mental Health definition of stress is "the brain's response to any demand,". Sometimes it's painfully obvious what that is, other times…Read More

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By Maryam

As President & CEO, Chitra Panjabi advances SIECUS’ efforts to reshape cultural and societal narratives around sexuality. Leading with an intersectional vision, she is spearheading SIECUS’ work of addressing the impact of sexual stigma and shame on individuals across age, race, gender, gender identity and expression, class, sexual orientation, and ability. How has being the daughter of two Indian immigrants shaped your perspective on sexuality and sexual health? My family did not talk about sex growing up—it was a completely taboo topic in our household. While I was lucky to have some sexual health education (namely, learning that condoms…Read More

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By Eva

As a Norwegian myself I proudly present Norway as the country in the world with most orgasming people. Do you know that 35% of the people in this cold, northern country climax at least once a day? Lelo conducted the survey on these fascinating findings on quantity and intensity of orgasms. I conclude it's because it's a cold country and you have to stay inside during the winter months, which is a good excuse to keep warm with some extra pleasure. Also, I think it has something to do with the gender equality in Norway. Norway ranks third in the world…Read More

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By Eva

What is the Pull Out Method? The pull out method or withdrawal is the oldest form of birth control. It is actually quite easy to explain, the man has to pull his penis out from the vagina before he ejaculates. However, even if your partner does manage to do this, there is also a slight chance that you can get pregnant from pre-ejaculatory fluid, also known as 'pre-cum.' How much does it cost? The pull out method is obviously free, but it has a particularly high risk. You don’t have to spend anything to use it, but you have to…Read More

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By Eva

Birth control pills can sometimes cause abnormal vaginal bleeding or 'spotting.' Spotting is more likely to happen when the birth control method you use has very little-to-no estrogen. Estrogen-free, progestin-only methods include the shot, the implant, the hormonal IUD (Mirena), and the mini-pill. Estrogen helps to stabilize the lining of the uterus (the endometrium). When there isn’t so much estrogen around, the endometrium can shed a little bit at a time, causing spotting. Spotting can happen if you have just started using birth control and it may take a few months for your body to settle in. Give it…Read More

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By Maryam

In a recent case that has gained a lot of exposure, a gay man was denied coverage for PrEP in a pre authorization denial letter from UnitedHealthcare. After James Krellenstein from ACT UP NYC, posted the letter on Facebook (patient is anonymous), HIV activists set off the alarm and accusations have run rampant towards UHC for blatant discrimination and institutionalized homophobic practices. The letter stated that  “High-risk homosexual behavior” is not under the health plan criteria for covering PrEP. Instead, it specifically states that it is covered “to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 infection in adults at…Read More

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By marthe

It's time to learn all about syphilis! What is it? Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s spread through sex and is easily cured with antibiotic medicine. Syphilis causes sores on your genitals, that’s called chancres, these are often painless and not that easy to notice. The infection is one of the more severe ones if it’s not treated, as it can cause permanent damage. Worst case scenario if not treated, is brain damage, paralysis, and blindness. How do you get it? Syphilis is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The way in which to prevent it is by…Read More

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By Maryam

We know PrEP works. When taken as prescribed, it is proven to be up to 99% effective at preventing HIV. So, we wanted to outline four big clinical trials that prove PrEP is scientifically supported and generally awesome. Study 1: iPrEX (men and transwomen who have sex with men) In 2010, the iPrEX study was the first to definitely prove that PrEP works. It involved about about 2,500 sexually active people from six countries that were at higher risk for HIV. The results showed that the efficacy of PrEP largely correlated with adherence, or how regularly the participants took…Read More

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By marthe

Let me take you back to the Fall of 2007. It was a normal day - I was wearing my standard uniform of skinny jeans and Uggs while dancing in the schoolyard to "Umbrella." As I hurried in to change for P.E., I immediately was struck with a very familiar sensation spreading throughout my insides. My period had arrived. And this is why I started using birth control. My temperature rose into a burning fever while sudden dizziness and hot sweats took over- not to mention the feeling that someone was also stabbing my uterus from the inside. The only thing…Read More

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By Eva

Ah, yes, the dreadful UTI. That burning sensation, frequent urination and pelvic pain is far too common amongst women.  Up to 50% of women will experience this in their lifetime, putting us at a much greater risk than men - mostly due to our shorter urethras. If you don't know, a urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria that crawls up into the bladder through the urethra. As a result you feel a stinging sensation during and after urination that can be super painful. The majority of UTI's are caused by E.coli from the GI tract. In addition to female…Read More

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By Maryam

Finding the right contraceptive may seem overwhelming. After all, there are over 100 different brands of oral contraceptives, which come in two forms. These are the combination pill and the mini-pill. So, what are the differences between the combination pill and the mini-pill, anyway? Many people do not know the difference between these pills, or that two types even exist. So, we figured we'd make it as easy as possible to understand. Combination Pill More commonly known as 'the Pill', combination pills are the most popular type of birth control pill. Combination pills use both estrogen and progestin to…Read More

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By marthe

For some reason, many of us don't spend enough time thinking about our vagina's health. Therefore we have put together a small guide on how you can make your hoo-ha happy! Douching and soaps Did you know that your vagina is actually a brilliant self cleansing organ? It naturally rids itself of unwelcome bacterias and dead cells. A healthy vagina has a pH that is normally about 3.8 to 4.5. Douching and other intervaginal cleansing methods, can actually interfere with the natural pH, and thus make you more susceptible for bacterial infections. When showering, stay away from those strong…Read More

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By Maryam

Strategies to Curb PrEP-related Stigmas In addition to the lack of awareness,  PrEP-related stigmas around also prove to be a huge barrier for people to freely explore their options to prevent HIV. Below, Shannon Weber who is the Director of HIVEonline, discusses strategies to curb HIV-related stigmas. What needs to happen to remove the stigma around being HIV+? HIV-related stigma is widespread and pervasive among HIV community stakeholders as well as the general population. This stigma is evident in the language we use. Clinicians, educators, and writers can commit to using words that accurately reflect the current science of…Read More

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By Eva

Not into the idea of taking a pill every day or inserting anything in your vagina? Maybe you should consider the patch, or Xulane (the brand name). You only need to change it once a week, and it goes directly on your skin. What is it? Xulane (the patch) is a thin, beige (it only comes in the color beige) piece of plastic that you stick to your skin. It's kind of like a Band-Aid that prevents pregnancy. How do you use it? Simply apply the patch each week for three weeks, then remove it the fourth week to…Read More

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