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  • Sep 2018

    Hugs and kisses: The health impact of affective touch

    Hugs, kisses, and other forms of affective touch have an important impact on our physical and psychological health. Read this Spotlight to find out more.

  • Sep 2018

    Should you take a pregnancy test? 10 signs

    Nausea, a missed period, and breast changes are all common early signs of pregnancy. Learn more about these and other signs that you should take a pregnancy test.

  • Sep 2018

    Signs and symptoms of STDs in men

    Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), can affect anyone, but some symptoms are different for men and women. In this article, we look at the signs and symptoms of common STIs in men and when they typically occur. We also discuss how to diagnose, prevent, and treat STIs in men.

  • Sep 2018

    What can make urination painful?

    There are many possible causes of painful urination, or dysuria, including bacterial infections and health conditions that place extra pressure on the bladder. Fortunately, most of these potential causes are highly treatable. Learn more about 10 causes of dysuria here, as well as when to see a doctor.

  • Sep 2018

    Safest condoms and methods of use

    Most condom brands are safe, but people should still check the labels to make sure they are effective against pregnancy and STIs. Novelty and natural condoms may not be as safe as others. Male and female condoms have slightly different safety levels. In this article, we look at the safest condoms and how to use them.

  • Sep 2018

    Typical testosterone levels in males and females

    Testosterone levels vary depending on a person’s sex, age, and physical activity levels. Testosterone levels that are too high or too low may cause a range of potential complications including infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Learn more about testosterone levels here.

  • Sep 2018

    Can yoga improve your sex life?

    Does yoga improve sexual function? We take a look at what the research has to say and what poses may be best for a happier, more fulfilling sex life.

  • Sep 2018

    What is the best home treatment for molluscum contagiosum?

    Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection that causes skin lumps, which can be itchy. Home remedies, such as apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil, can relieve symptoms. Medical treatments are also an option. Learn about home remedies for molluscum contagiosum and how to prevent it from spreading here.

  • Sep 2018

    Sexual function: Electrode stimulation helps women orgasm

    A new study reveals that nerve stimulation usually applied to treat bladder problems can also help women resolve sexual dysfunction and reach orgasm again.

  • Sep 2018

    HPV and breastfeeding: What to know

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a widespread sexually transmitted infection. It does not usually cause severe symptoms, but some strains can increase the risk of certain cancers. Can you breastfeed if you have HPV? In this article, we look at the safety and risks to help breastfeeding women make an informed decision.

  • Aug 2018

    How do you use vaginal suppositories?

    People can use vaginal suppositories for reasons ranging from birth control to treatment for infection. Vaginal suppositories are simple to insert, as the step-by-step guide and tips in this article explain. We also look at the different types of vaginal suppositories, and when people may benefit from their use.

  • Aug 2018

    Can you start the birth control pill midcycle?

    The birth control pill is a very safe and effective method of contraception when taken correctly. However, many people wonder whether if it okay to start taking the pill in the middle of their menstrual cycle. Here, we examine the benefits, risks, and side effects of starting the pill midcycle.

  • Aug 2018

    How do you treat chancroid?

    Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Haemophilus ducreyi. It causes painful open sores in the genital area and may cause swollen lymph nodes in the groin. It is rare in North America and Europe and is sometimes difficult to diagnose. Find out about treatment and prevention.

  • Aug 2018

    Do immune cells shape sexual behavior?

    A new study conducted in a rat model asks whether changes in one type of immune cell — mast cells — can actually influence individual sexual behavior.

  • Aug 2018

    Foods to eat for better sex

    Many people look to their diet to find ways of improving their sex lives. People sometimes try known aphrodisiacs to boost libido, or they might want to try heart-healthy foods to improve their stamina. In this article, learn which foods are best for sex and about the research behind the claims.

  • Aug 2018

    Why can the birth control pill make your breasts bigger?

    The hormones in birth control pills can affect the body in various ways. In some people, the pills cause an increase in breast size. However, this change is usually temporary, and it may reverse within a few months. In this article, learn how birth control pills can affect breast size and other side effects.

  • Aug 2018

    What is labial hypertrophy and is it normal?

    Each person's vagina and vulva are unique, and there is wide variation between people. Labial hypertrophy is when one or both vaginal lips, or labia, are larger than usual. This is normal and not a cause for concern. Some people choose to have surgery for cosmetic reasons. Learn more about vaginal hypertrophy here.

  • Aug 2018

    What to do if you've lost a birth control pill

    People often lose birth control pills in their handbags or down the drain. Losing a pill is not usually a problem. A person should call their doctor for advice and a replacement pack while continuing to use their regular pack. However, the best advice varies, depending on the type of birth control. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2018

    Sex after a C-section: Everything you need to know

    Every woman heals differently, so there no right time to begin having sex after a C-section. Doctors usually advise waiting at least 6 weeks, however, as the cervix and incision site require time to heal. Learn more about what to expect, including how to reduce strain on the wound and when to start using birth control.

  • Aug 2018

    Why has my penis gone numb?

    The many nerve endings in the penis make it sensitive, but several factors can cause the penis or testicles to become numb, including cycling, injury, and some medical conditions. A low testosterone level can also reduce sensitivity. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of numbness in the penis here.

  • Aug 2018

    Is there a link between IUDs and weight gain?

    Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a safe, long-lasting, and effective form of birth control. Like all forms of contraception, IUDs can sometimes cause unwanted side effects. Some people may gain weight while using an IUD, but research suggests that this is not directly due to the IUD itself. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2018

    How are HPV and herpes different?

    HPV and herpes are both viral infections that can be transmitted through sex and lead to skin problems. Each infection also causes distinct symptoms and health problems, and methods of treatment and prevention can differ. Learn more about the differences between HPV and herpes here.

  • Aug 2018

    Telling the difference between genital pimples and herpes

    Many people develop pimples on their genitals. Sometimes, these pimples resemble lesions caused by the herpes simplex virus. Although genital pimples and genital herpes have some similar characteristics, they are very different conditions. Learn more about how to tell the difference between genital herpes and pimples.

  • Aug 2018

    What to know about vaginal steaming

    Vaginal steaming refers to exposing the vagina to steam to cleanse it and enhance its health. In addition to hot steam, some people put herbs in the water for added benefits. In this article, learn about whether vaginal steaming is safe and effective, as well as about the possible risks.

  • Jul 2018

    Low-dose birth control: Everything you need to know

    Low-dose birth control pills contain less estrogen than older, traditional pills. Some low-dose pills contain estrogen and progestin, while others provide only progestin. In this article, learn about the types, effectiveness, and potential side effects of low-dose birth control pills as well as when to switch types.