By Eva

What is it? A cervical cap is a silicone cup that you insert in your vagina to cover your cervix. It’s about an inch and half wide and one inch high. The only brand available is called the FemCap. How does it work? By covering the cervix, it prevents sperm from reach the egg in the uterus. It is recommended to also use with spermicide for extra protection. How do you use it? Be sure to insert it several hours before you have sex and leave it in six hours after sex. Make sure to not leave it in…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? Genital warts are skin-colored or whitish bumps that appear on your genitals or anus. The warts are common and caused by certain types of HPV. As much as they are annoying, luckily, they are easily treated and are not dangerous for your health. How do you get it? You get genital warts from having skin-to-skin contact with someone who’s infected, often during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Which means that the virus can be transmitted even though no one cums, or even without penetration if there is skin contact. You might even be infected without being…Read More

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By kirsten

I’m sure you’ve heard of dozens of things you shouldn’t do to keep your vagina healthy, but have you ever heard of something you should do? All women should be trying to keep their vagina healthy. Today, I’ll show you a few ways to do just that. Practice Safe Sex Practicing safe sex is a great way to keep your vagina healthy. Using condoms while having sex ensures that you won’t get any STD’s or other infections. You should always change the condom if you go from anal to vaginal sex, this will keep harmful bacteria out of your…Read More

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By Eva

What is it? The shot (Depo-Provera) is a contraceptive injection that keeps you from getting pregnant. Once you take the shot you are covered for three full months. There is nothing else you have to do. How does it work? The shot contains progestin, a hormone that prevents ovulation, or the release of eggs from the ovaries. It also works by thickening your cervical mucus, which block sperm from getting to the egg. How do you use it? The shot is quite easy; just remember to have regular appointments with your healthcare provider every three months to administer the…Read More

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By Eva

What is it? Crabs or pubic lice are a skin parasite that lives on humans where there is body hair, except on the head. It lives mainly in the rough body hairs around the genitals and under the armpits, and is transmitted by intercourse or other close body contact. It can also be found in eyebrows, beard, armpits, mustaches and eyelashes. It gets nourished by sucking blood, and the bites give itching. It has a broad, almost square body shape and becomes as an adult approx. 2 mm long. The color is gray-white. The eggs are 0.7 mm long…Read More

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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 unpleasant, 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 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

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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