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  • Sep 2019

    What to know about condoms and allergies

    Some people are allergic to latex or other elements of condoms. Learn more about the allergy symptoms that a person may experience after using condoms or similar products during sex.

  • Sep 2019

    Why do female bonobos have more sex with each other than with males?

    Female bonobos have frequent sexual interactions with other females — more so than they do with males. A new study aims to find out why.

  • Sep 2019

    What can cause clitoris itching?

    Many factors can cause itching of the clitoris, including irritation, arousal, and infections. Learn about causes, symptoms, and treatments here.

  • Sep 2019

    Can fingering lead to pregnancy?

    Fingering is very unlikely to bring sperm into contact with the vagina. However, it can occur in some instances, which might lead to pregnancy. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2019

    Getting a 'Hollywood' wax may not increase STI risk, after all

    A new study reassures women that removing all their pubic hair is most likely not linked to an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections.

  • Sep 2019

    What does semen smell like and why?

    The smell of semen could be nothing to worry about or it can point to an underlying condition. Here we discuss what smells are normal and what others might mean.

  • Sep 2019

    'Highly complex' gene interaction underlies same-sex sexual behavior

    A large-scale study analyzing the genetic data of thousands of people indicates that the genetic factors underlying same-sex sexual behavior are complex.

  • Aug 2019

    What are the types of vagina?

    There are many different types of vagina, and the shape, size, and color naturally vary. In this article, learn more about the types of vagina and when the appearance can indicate a health issue.

  • Aug 2019

    We follow the same old patterns in new romantic relationships

    Recent evidence suggests that relationship dynamics tend to remain unchanged across different intimate partnerships, despite our expectations of change.

  • Aug 2019

    How to identify and treat a herpes skin rash

    Herpes skin rash outbreaks usually affect the mouth or genitals but can appear anywhere on the body. Learn about identifying and treating herpes skin rashes here.

  • Aug 2019

    Does erectile dysfunction impact productivity at work?

    Scientists know that erectile dysfunction is common and reduces the perceived quality of life, but its impact on productivity at work is less studied.

  • Aug 2019

    What happens when you lose your virginity?

    Many people feel nervous about having sex for the first time, but knowing what might happen can help a person prepare, emotionally and physically, to lose their virginity. Read on to learn more.

  • Aug 2019

    Yeast infection after sex: What to know

    While sexual activity does not cause a yeast infection, it can increase the risk of one developing by introducing new bacteria to the vagina. Learn more in this article.

  • Aug 2019

    What can cause rectal pain?

    Many factors can cause rectal pain. This article looks at the causes of pain around the rectum, the symptoms, and ways to relieve it at home.

  • Aug 2019

    Can a yeast infection cause bleeding?

    A yeast infection can cause a small amount of bleeding, as well as genital soreness and other symptoms. Antifungal medications can help. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2019

    What is the G-spot, and where is it?

    Some women report experiencing intense sexual pleasure from the stimulation of an area in the vagina called the G-spot. Others may think they do not have one. Learn more about its location and current research here.

  • Aug 2019

    How do vaginal bacteria naturally protect against chlamydia?

    For the first time, scientists have reported how certain types of microbiome can help cells in the vagina and cervix defend against chlamydia infection.

  • Aug 2019

    Is it normal to have a veiny penis?

    Having a veiny penis is normal and indicates healthy blood flow. However, when unusual discharge or painful ejaculation also occur, it may point to an underlying health condition. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2019

    How long Viagra lasts

    Viagra lasts for up to 4 hours. The average time of onset is 60 minutes. The effects vary for each individual. Learn more about how long Viagra lasts here.

  • Aug 2019

    What does semen taste like, and can it change?

    Semen typically has a bitter or slightly salty taste, though this may vary from person to person. Various fluids in the semen give it its taste. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2019

    What to know about anal warts

    Anal warts develop due to the human papillomavirus. They can cause itching, bleeding, and other symptoms. Treatment may involve topical medications, liquid nitrogen, or surgical removal. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2019

    Is olive oil safe to use as a sexual lubricant?

    Olive oil has many health benefits, but it is not advisable to use it as a sexual lubricant. In this article, we list some alternatives and explain why they are preferable.

  • Aug 2019

    Is it safe to use Vaseline as a sexual lubricant?

    Although Vaseline has a soft, smooth texture, it is not advisable to use it as a sexual lubricant. Many alternatives are available. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2019

    Testosterone may improve women's sex lives after menopause

    A large review of clinical trials concludes that testosterone significantly improves the sexual function and well-being of postmenopausal women.

  • Aug 2019

    Myths and facts about penis captivus

    Penis captivus refers to the penis becoming stuck in the vagina. There are so few documented cases that many people believe it to be a myth. We describe how it can happen and what to do if it does.