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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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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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What is it? Crabs or pubic lice is a skin parasite that lives on humans where there are 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 get nourish 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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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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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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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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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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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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This is my story about switching methods - remember that this doesn't mean it will be the same for everyone! The combination pill I remember the day I decided to stop taking Yasmin. It was a hot summer day and I was wearing my favorite orange skirt. I was walking to the store with my boyfriend at the time and I was so mad! I don’t remember why, but I was really angry and I felt I would cry at anytime. I was especially mad at my boyfriend, and I excused it with “you get more mad at the…Read More

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Food effects your health! That’s hardly any news, but the principle also applies to the vagina. Check which foods can relieve and prevent vaginal bothers.  Food that works against yeast infections Yogurt: Yeast infections are a common nuisance caused by the candida fungus. If you get them often, try to eat more yogurt. Lactic acid bacteria helps to keep the pH-balance in the vagina. Look for yogurt the contains active cultures. Other sources of active cultures are kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, pickles and kombucha tea. Garlic: Strengthens the immune system so this can have a preventative effect. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is…Read More

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You’ve probably heard that when people with periods live together, their menstrual cycles begin to sync. Is this true? In 1971, Nature published the first study looking at over 100 women living in college dorms to see if their cycle synchronized. They found that a significant number of women living in proximity to each other experienced a decrease in the onset of their period or greater synchronization. The author concluded that menstrual synchronization is due to an increase of pheromone communication. Evolutionary arguments sprouted to support why period synchronicity is beneficial to reproductive success. The most popular one is that the synchronization…Read More

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A Swedish study has shown that exercising during your period at the beginning of the 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. In addition to getting the most out of your workout, exercising during your period can also help ease some natural discomforts. Boost your mood and combat PMS: During PMS, your Your hormone levels 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,…Read More

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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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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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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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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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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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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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