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Ah, adrenal fatigue. The condition you've likely heard of…but have no idea what it means. Talk about #relatable. Adrenal fatigue is the buzzword given to the slew of symptoms associated with prolonged, very high stress levels. If you're reading this, there's a chance your Google cal looks like a game of Tetris and/or you self-identify as a Stress Case. So how the heck do you know if you have adrenal fatigue or are just abyss-level deep in a bad week at work?
Think about your current masturbation routine. There's a good chance you've got it down to an exact science—and that you haven't deviated in a while. Here's the thing: "Most of us masturbate more-or-less the exact same way we did the first time ever masturbated," says Sarah Sloane, who's been coaching sex toy classes at Good Vibrations and Pleasure Chest since 2001. I know, I know, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Since the wonderful world of BDSM can be intimidating to kink newcomers (err, newcummers?), we'll start with a little refresher on what the heck all those squished-together consonants mean. "BDSM is an umbrella term that stands for bondage and restraint, dominance (or discipline) and submissive, and sadism and masochism," says Nicole Buratti, CEO and founder of Sex Talk with Nicole, a podcast about sexual health and relationships. It might sound a little scary, b...
Think about your fave sex scene from any movie. Instant ~heat~, right? No doubt, video porn and movie sex scenes are arousal aids. But what if you feel like ditching the screen for more analog options, and swap video for words?
Sweet Sweat gels claim to enhance your workout, prevent injury, and ward off shin splits—but is any of that true? I'm skeptical of any product that promises to ~enhance my workout~, without actually requiring that I exercise smarter, longer, or at a higher intensity. But recently, on my Instagram discover page, two very fit influencers were pictured posing with a jar of Sweet Sweat gel waxing poetic in the caption about the products performance-enhancing ability.
Strut into the strength room of any gym and you'll encounter a number of machines that are pretty self-explanatory: the leg press, hip adductor or abductor machine, and the leg curl, to name a few. The Glute Hamstring Developer (aka the GHD) is not one of those machines. (The Technogym GHD above is an example of one you might see in your gym.) A lot of people don't know how to use it, and are too intimidated to give it a try, says Libby Landry CF-L3 CrossFit coach at CrossFit Invictus.
Think about your fave sex scene from any movie. Instant ~heat~, right? No doubt, video porn and movie sex scenes are arousal aids. But what if you feel like ditching the screen for more analog options, and swap video for words? The beauty of reading instead of watching sexy scenes is that you're able to fully imagine the scene according to your preferences since there aren't any visual cues of what actors look like, the vibe of the setting, and so.much.more.
If there's one part of CrossFit I love most, it's the partner WODs. Why? Because, unless you're on a sports team, hitting the gym is a solo endeavor. You're competing against and motivating yourself. Borringggg.
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The popularity of Euphoria and Bonding, two TV shows which feature Dominatrix as main characters—Kat Hernandez and Tiff Chester, respectively—suggests people are super intrigued by the concept of a Dominatrix.
Fall down the Reddit rabbit hole and you're clicks away from everything you'd ever want to know about skincare, sleep, pregnancy, and (you might be surprised to learn) sex!
Of course, you can't believe everything you read online and Reddit sex threads aren't monitored for accuracy—"No offense to Reddit, I do love the site, but it can be a breeding ground for people who think they know everything," says Lisa Finn, a sex educator at sex toy emporium Babeland.
You have to be a semi-professional athlete to try CrossFit. Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker. At this point (hopefully!) you know these are both big 'ol untruths.
Well, as a certified strength and conditioning coach and exercise physiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery's Tisch Sports Performance Center in New York City, there are a few more myths I'd like to add to your repertoire, and they are all about exercise recovery.
When Harry Stopped Communicating With Sally. The Silence of The Doomed. Crazy, Silent, Divorced. If the disintegration of my parents' marriage was a movie, I had a front-row seat. And as I watched the plot unfold, one thing became clear to me: Grown-ass adults have no idea how to communicate with each other.
The word stress just brings up bad vibes, right? So, it makes sense that cortisol, "stress hormone" would have a bad reputation. But "cortisol is not, in itself, bad—it's just a hormone," says Mike Molloy, Ph.D., founder of M2 Performance Nutrition, who's studied microbiology and immunology. "But the dosage and amounts of cortisol in the body need to be right."
You'll find no shortage of explanatory pieces on the web about how to have safer sex with a partner of any gender, the most common STI signs and symptoms, and even how to talk to someone about their STI status before having sex. Yet, the internet is a pretty barren place when it comes to what to do if you get a positive STI diagnosis.