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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Period Clots: Here’s When to See a Doctor About Period Clots

Having a period means that your vagina might unleash clots of blood that look nothing like the tidy little splashes of fluid you see in most tampon commercials. While period clots can be part and parcel of menstruation, sometimes they can be a sign that something isn’t quite right in your body. Here’s how to […]


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Strap-On Sex: 9 Things to Know Before You Try It

In my opinion, strap-on dildos are one of the most revolutionary inventions. I don’t mean just in terms of sex toys, but in the world. Strap-ons give queer folks with vulvas who enjoy penetrative sex, like me, an excellent way to engage in the act with other people who have vulvas. It’s yet another reason […]


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Trump’s Domestic Gag Rule on Abortion: What You Need to Know

Update: On Friday, a final rule on the long-expected changes to Title X funding were released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The changes appear to be nearly identical to the proposed policy (often referred to as a “domestic gag rule”) from last year and are already receiving harsh criticism. Currently, the […]


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The FDA Just Approved the First Test for Mycoplasma Genitalium, a Commonly Misdiagnosed STI

The CDC called it an “emerging issue” in 2015, but we wouldn’t blame you if you knew little or nothing about Mycoplasma genitalium (M. genitalium), a type of bacteria that causes a sexually transmitted infection. But despite the bit of mystery surrounding M. genitalium, the infection can cause serious issues if left untreated. Thankfully, a […]


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Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

Kate Beckinsale had what you might call a doozy of a weekend. She wound up in the ER with a ruptured ovarian cyst, she revealed on Instagram. Beckinsale posted a teary-eyed photo of herself with an oxygen cannula in her nose, as well as a snap of herself in a hospital bed. “Turns out a […]


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How to Stop Your Period With Birth Control

If you could do without bleeding from your vagina every month, you should know that there are ways to potentially stop your period with birth control. “There’s no medical reason why you need to get a monthly period,” Lauren Streicher, M.D., a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, […]


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A Federal Judge Blocked the Trump Administration’s New Birth Control Rules in 13 States and D.C.

Back in November, the Trump administration released two final rules that would give employers much more room to exempt themselves from providing birth control to their employees at no out-of-pocket cost. But on Sunday, a federal judge blocked those rules from taking effect in several states, The New York Times reports. In case you missed […]


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