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Hymens come in all shapes, colors and thicknesses, and are commonly referenced when talking about having sex for the first time. What are they? Why have they historically been associated with virginity (when they often tear before having sex)? Does it hurt when it tears?

Anorexia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders and can be difficult to recognize. Learn which behaviors may be red flags, differences between anorexia and bulimia, how to help yourself or a friend, and more.

Condoms are one of the most popular contraceptives and also prevent STIs. Read more about the benefits, how to use them correctly, different types, and how to talk about them with your partner.

The shot is 99% effective when used correctly, and only requires an action every 12 weeks instead of every day. Read more about how it works and other pros and cons.

Anal sex is becoming more popular, and we cover the main questions, “How common is it?””Where do I start?””How do I make it more comfortable?””Is it safe?””What are some positions I can try?”

Stress affects everyone from time to time, and can present unique challenges for women in terms of their physical health, mental health, and even sex lives. Learn how it works and how to manage stress.

HIV affects people of all genders and sexual orientations. The number of new diagnoses has declined since 2005, and new medical advances help slow the progression of the virus and prevent it. Read more about prevalence, symptoms and treatment.

Syphilis is a bacterial STD that can cause symptoms that look like other common conditions or have no symptoms at all. Fortunately, it’s easy to get tested and is treatable. Read more here.

What’s that noise that sounds like passing gas that can happen during sex (“queefing”)? 81% of women 18-32 say they’ve experienced it before but it’s rarely discussed publicly. Read more about how it works.

Having some vaginal discharge is totally healthy and helps prevent infections. Learn about what makes discharge vary and when you may want to see a doctor.

Many mental and physical disabilities can make feeling comfortable with your body and sexuality tricky, and can get in the way of having the sex life you want. Here are some tips for modifying sex, handling common problems and concerns, and communicating with your partner about your or their disability.

Gender is a multi-faceted dimension of identity and is not the same as sex. We want to show the diversity of gender identities, empower you to feel confident in your gender identity, and aid you in respecting and understanding the identities of others.

Almost 80% of women experience hormonal imbalance in their lifetime, affecting mental and physical well-being. If you are feeling “hormonal,” you are not alone! Read about hormones that affect sex and your body: Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Oxytocin, Vasopressin.

Ovarian cysts are very common, and 8% of premenopausal women develop large cysts that need treatment. Read more about causes, symptoms, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

75% of sexually active adults have been infected with HPV during their lifetime, but most never know they are infected. Good news is there are vaccines that prevent most HPV-caused cancers. Read more about the basics of HPV here.

Chlamydia is the most common STD but <30% of people have ANY symptoms. Learn about how to get tested, how it’s treated, and what it is.

Most people struggle with body image but it hurts your relationships and health. Learn how to have a more positive relationship with your body here!

How comfortable are women and men with having sex during your period? Is it safe and how can you talk to your partner about it?

When are you most likely to get pregnant? How common is it to take a pregnancy test in your 20’s? What are the main signs? What changes each week of pregnancy? Here’s a quick overview of pregnancy.

What are Kegel exercises for and how do you actually do them (25% of women don’t know how)? How many reps should you do and what kind of results can you expect? Let the strengthening begin!

Oral sex is becoming more common, and many have asked what people actually like best or how to become more comfortable doing it. Read more to see survey results and expert tips.

How can you tell what type of sex drive is normal? What if your sex drive is different than your partner’s? Read more to find out about differing sexual desires, what impacts it, and how to work together in relationships.

Consent is the most important part of any sexual encounter (and is incredibly sexy)! Learn about what it truly means, tactical ways to talk about it, and answers to users’ common questions.

1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are survivors of sexual assault. Learn more about the varied narratives surrounding sexual assault and how to help a friend.

Have you or your partner ever had trouble keeping an erection hard enough for sex? You’re not alone — 32% of young men said erectile issues were their main concern. Find out more about possible causes and solutions here.

1 in 6 people have genital herpes in the U.S., and it’s a scary topic for many. Learn how it spreads, how to prevent it, and how treatment works.

IUDs are the most doctor-recommended method of birth control, yet many women know little about them. Learn how they work, options for brands, what it’s like to get one, and more!

Oral sex is becoming more common, and many have asked what people actually like best or how to become more comfortable doing it. Read more to see survey results and expert tips.

It’s totally normal to fantasize and there are many ways to “use” fantasies. We show how common each genre is and how to talk to your partner about it.

Talking to women, we’ve heard hair is a main source of anxiety. “What does everyone else do with their pubic hair?” “Do partners care?” “Is it normal to have body hair?” Read here what we’ve found.

Tampon or pad? Do people have sex on their period? Is it OK to use birth control that makes you skip periods? An overview for people who menstruate (or love someone who menstruates).

Ever wonder what a pap smear actually tests for and how often you’re supposed to get them? Many people do too! Read more here.

~50% of women ages 18-33 say they experience discomfort during sex on a regular basis, but studies show only half tell their partner when it happens. Learn more here.

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