On Choosing to Share Your Abortion Story Online—Or Not

Related Information The headlines broadcasting the many attacks on abortion access are nonstop: Georgia signs a six-week abortion ban into law; Missouri’s last abortion clinic risks closure; Alabama enacts a near-total abortion ban with the most restrictive bill in the nation. Thankfully, none of these bans have actually gone into effect, but the threat remains […]

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9 Sex Toy Mistakes You Might Be Making

The best thing about sex toys is that you can pretty much use them in whatever way brings you pleasure. It’s your body, so you get to pick what toys to use and how: the shape, the type of touch, the intensity, the location, and a lot more. It’s like the world’s most pleasurable choose […]

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We Need to Talk About Syphilis Rates

Despite the fact that we’ve never known more about how to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), rates of many STIs continue to rise. While this overall trend is worrying experts, syphilis makes for an especially striking case study. The rates of primary and secondary syphilis (also called P&S syphilis, these are the […]

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Can Anal Sex Cause Hemorrhoids?

Maybe you’re new to butt play and excited to see if it helps you have really great sex. Or perhaps anal activities are a consistent part of your sexual repertoire, and you don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. Either way, it’s worth discussing whether anal sex can cause hemorrhoids. It’s not that we want […]

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Here’s Why Doctors Don’t Usually Test for Herpes

It’s basically a SELF mantra at this point: Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections is hella important. Is it the most delightful way to spend your time? No. Is it a vital part of looking after your health, sexual and otherwise? Absolutely. When you go in for routine STI testing, you might realize that your […]

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STD Symptoms: Common STDs and Their Symptoms

If you have sex—oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse and genital touching—you can get an STD, also called a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Straight or gay, married or single, you’re vulnerable to STIs and STI symptoms. Thinking or hoping your partner doesn’t have an STI is no protection—you need to know for sure. And although condoms […]

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8 Ways People With Endometriosis Deal With the Pain

Since you clicked on this article, chances are you’re living with endometriosis and looking for ways to escape the pain. We don’t blame you. Endometriosis has a notorious reputation as an excruciating, complex condition with a tangle of potential mechanisms that doctors are still attempting to unsnarl. Some people with the condition are relatively fortunate […]

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PCOS and Diet: Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?

Figuring out how to manage polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can feel like a maddening game of throwing darts while blindfolded. And maybe while using your non-dominant hand, too. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that can prompt a wide range of symptoms including irregular periods, excess facial hair, scalp hair loss, and acne, all of which […]

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Here’s How Emergency Contraception Actually Works

There are plenty of reasons why you might be in need of emergency contraception, but they basically all come down to one main goal: preventing an unintended pregnancy. What’s less clear, however, is how emergency contraception actually works to prevent that pregnancy. Before we get into the details, it’s important to realize that there are […]

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How to Talk to Your Partner About Getting Tested With Minimal Weirdness

You’re pressed against the wall of a new date’s apartment as they kiss your neck and reach to undo your pants. Every atom in your body is ready for more, but then your brain kicks in: Shit. We haven’t talked about STIs yet. Or perhaps it happens when you’re on cloud nine after defining your […]

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Here’s Why You Should Always Wipe Front-to-Back

You might theoretically know that “always wipe front-to-back” should be drilled into your brain as a basic tenet of good personal hygiene, right alongside chores like brushing your teeth every morning and night and taking off your makeup before bed. But if you don’t understand why wiping front-to-back is so important, it can be easy […]

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Can You Get Pregnant From Precum?

It’s a common question among the trying-to-avoid-having-a-baby set: Can you get pregnant from precum? Also, what is precum? Is it like a semen warning shot or does it contain sperm just like semen does? Since sex ed class most likely glossed over this curiosity, we dug through the research and spoke to sexual health experts […]

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