What is Sexual Health?

By Dr. Jami WilderIt’s kind of a trick question....more

Thank You, Michael Douglas: Cunnilingus Is Not a Bad Word!

When Michael Douglas told a newspaper that his throat cancer was caused by the HPV virus, and that he contracted it by having oral sex, I wanted to cheer. Not because he had cancer! But because he had the bravery not only talk about the HPV virus, but also to use the word "cunnilingus." (Image: © Graham Whitby Boot/Allstar/UPPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)...more
Excellent share and wonderful thing you did bringing your daughter to that workshop. I have a 19 ...more

Are Pubic Lice Going Extinct Due to Waxing? (Short Answer: No)

The article in Bloomberg, which caught fire this week, starts by saying that crabs are disappearing, a fact its authors never get around to corroborating. They provide an interesting anecdote about one Australian clinic that hasn't seen a case of pubic lice since 2008 but get data from no other clinics. Later they note that crabs can be self-treated with insecticide yet fail to provide further information -- did legislation make insecticide available to the public after 2008 in Australia? Was a more effective type of insecticide introduced? Have sales figures among the major insecticide brands suffered in the country since waxing started to take off? No, none of that. But why are we thinking about journalism right now? Have we no heart? CRABS ARE DYING OUT BECAUSE OF BIKINI WAXES. ...more
This is an interesting predicament due to the lack of reporting of crabs (AKA pubic lice ...more

Why I Have Birth Control Envy

I have birth control envy. You know how some girls look at a penis and wish they had one? That’s the way I feel about birth control. I wish there was more access to birth control options in my country, the Philippines. I first felt the pangs of birth control envy at the not-so-tender age of 24. I had been living in the Philippines for 12 years and returned to the Bay Area to re-connect with some girlfriends in grade school. ...more
why not teach natural family planning?more

Building Momentum: How Two Soccer Moms Founded a Sex Conference

I think about it and I can't believe it. Somehow Dee and I had gone from working mundane jobs and being over-protective moms (I wasn't a soccer mom myself, unless you extend "soccer" to include ice-skating and gymnastics -- then I fit right in) to founding a conference about sex. How did we get here? ...more

A Distant Memory and a Pair of Red Pumps

Sometimes when I slip on my red pumps they take me back to a different person, time, and place. If these shoes could take me back into the past I wonder would I do things a little different? Would I be wiser to the games of the heart? ...more
 @TiaBach Thank you! It's great way to raise awareness!more

9 tips about feminine odor you don't want to hear from somebody else

A common myth is that it’s a sign of poor personal hygiene. Here’s the real story. 1. First off, forget the jokes. As women, we’ve been socialized to be embarrassed by our lady parts, and that’s a real shame. I wish we could all go back to 7th grade and slap those teasing boys silly. And their dumb fishy jokes, too. Vaginas have a scent. So what. 2. Don’t douche. Douching can introduce new bacteria into the vagina, as well as increase the spread of bacteria....more

Dear Teen, Just Say No to Sex

Remember when you were a teen with raging hormones? Maybe kissing in the backseat of the boyfriends car or hiding out somewhere and making out? I remember. It was a wonderful if not slightly confusing time. I didn’t have my mother to talk to, mostly because I really didn’t like my mother until I was pregnant with my own child at the young age of 18....more

I'm so not ready for that stage. I still have a few years to go. I hope!

However, I think by ...more

Painful Sex: Could You Have Vaginismus?

If you’ve never heard of vaginismus at first skim it might appear as little more than a social media hashtag connoting witty female sayings. In reality, vaginismus is the inability or difficulty in allowing penetration of the vagina. The symptoms vary from discomfort, to burning or stinging with tightness during sex, to impossible penetration. Some women even have difficulty with the insertion of other objects, such as fingers, tampons or a speculum during a vaginal exam, but many are able to allow this sort of penetration, just not sex. ...more
While I found this article very informative and mostly accurate, it lacked one major treatment ...more

What's going on over at SexIs Magazine - August 6th Edition

So, half the world is at BlogHer this weekend (including our very own Victoria and Jenn) but what do the rest of us do with ourselves to stay entertained? Read the Sexis Round-up, of course!...more