Gabrielle Kassel is sex and wellness wrier for brands such as Cosmo, Health, Well & Good, Shape, Women’s Health, Greatist, and more. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @gabriellekassel.
Fact: People with hobbies get presents they'll actually use. Exhibit A: this entire story. If you're buying a gift for your fave yoga teacher friend or a person who does downward dog, meditates, and won't shut up about it, here's exactly what to buy her. We promise she'll love it more than a hands on adjustment in child's pose (you know the one).
In the event that the sexual education you received in your high school classroom more closely resembled a Mean Girls punch line than the comprehensive, inclusive, and factual rundown we all deserve and deserve and need, two things: 1. You’re hardly alone in your experience of being underserved by the system.
Many vulva-owners take birth control to reduce the risk of pregnancy and Vitamin C to avoid catching a cold. So why aren’t more folks with vulvas taking PrEP (“pre-exposure prophylaxis”), a prescription medication HIV-negative people can take to reduce the risk of contracting HIV? Experts hypothesize it’s because the drug typically marketed for gay men.
Let's face it: After having sex with someone new or sans protection, most of us have hit up Dr. Google searching for the most common signs of STDs, trying to figure out if we have one or not. If you're in a panic right now doing exactly that, first, take a deep breath.
Whether you’re training for the trail or the stadium, it’s a good guess you eat to fuel life and course domination. But do you feed your animal companion with the same health and fitness goals in mind? If you’re like most pet owners, the answer is no, according to Dr. Abby Huggins of Intown Animal Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. “Most pets are fed a kibble diet because it’s convenient. I’m not against all kibble diets, but not all kibble is created equal,” Huggins says.
Sputter, dribble, love snot… for a bodily fluid with a lot of nicknames, precum is cause for a lot of confusion and concern. Seriously, raise your hand if you've ever Googled or texted the sexpert of your friend group (hey, every gang's got one!) "uh...can you get pregnant from precum???"—or some iteration of that.
More than half of all women have used a vibrator for sexual pleasure, according to one study—suggesting that these buzzy bedroom devices are becoming a lot more mainstream. Yet some people still hold on to the idea that vibrators are for just masturbation, used only when an actual partner isn't available.
When many hear the word “vibrator,” they immediately conjure an image of an OG wand-style tool that looks like a mega-size microphone. The back-massager-cum-clitoris-stimulators practically revolutionized the female orgasm and are indeed great options for broad stimulation, says licensed sex educator Alicia Sinclair, creator of the sex toy Le Wand Massager. The only problem with wand-style vibes? Bulk.
Walk into a CrossFit gym (known as a box) and you'll notice AMRAP, HSPU and PB peppered into conversations and written on the whiteboards. Among the most common and least understood? EMOM.
Self-made powerhouses Tess Holliday, Janelle Monea, Bella Thorne, Miley Cyrus, and Kesha are rocking your social feeds and the stage with their badassery, authenticity, talent and...pansexual pride! Yep, you read that right. All these world-changing babes identify as pansexual.
A human who looks like a blond James Dean is naked, kneeling over my body. They’re giving me their best “I want to fuck you” eyes, and I’m totally feeling it. But there’s one problem: My vagina isn’t. No matter how gently my lover presses their finger or dildo against my opening, it won’t open.
Cool! You're sleeping with another person with a vagina, and that means you don't have to worry about protection, right? *Buzzer noise* Wrong. If you thought that having lesbian sex or sex with another woman (however you identify or define that!) is risk-free or have had a doc dismiss the safe-sex chat after learning your bedmates are other people with vaginas, you're not alone.
PSA: No two vaginas smell the same, and every vagina can put off a variety of scents. Meaning, there’s no single aromatic profile of a “healthy” vagina. Still, it’s worth noting that none of the smattering of “healthy” scents will call to mind “spring flowers” or “delicate blossoms,” despite what a stroll down your local drugstore aisle may have you believe.