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Let’s talk for a second about genital warts. It's an awkward subject, I know, but it’s also a major concern among sexually-active individuals in this country. Genital warts are caused by certain ...

HPV and Genital Warts

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The pink pill, also known as female Viagra, has generated a lot of buzz in the news in recent years. While scientists continue to tweak the formula and conduct experiments, those of us waiting ...

A Look at the Pink Pill

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With the second installment of the "Sex and the City" movie franchise rising up over the horizon, female friendships and morning-after “kiss and tell” sessions are once again at the forefront of ...

The Friend Connection: BFFs and Sex

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A study conducted in 2008 published in the Annual Review of Nursing Research reported that lesbian women are the segment of the population least likely to pursue health care. This is due, in some ...

Safe Sex Between Women

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Sexual relations are officially forbidden among British troops in a war zone. Following an “alarming” rise in pregnancies (133 servicewomen became pregnant in Afghanistan and Iraq in the past six ...

British Military Suggests Condom Use for Female United States Troops--Editorial

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We’re constantly learning more each day about the benefits of a healthy diet. Now it turns out that the unsexiest vegetable may be the best one for your sex life! Yes, it's true; new research goes ...

Celery Might Be the New Viagra

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For those of you who follow E!’s reality show Girls Next Door, news of Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett’s upcoming sex tape was probably a shock. Well, the fact that she made a sex tape with her boyfriend ...

Money vs. Love: A Working Girl’s Dilemma

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I’ve touched on the importance of the mind in enabling female arousal before and during sex. Now recent research confirms that most men and women neglect to pay attention to a woman’s most ...

Your Most Important Sex Organ: Your Brain

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In this era, 50 has never seemed so young – so it’s not an insult to call the pill middle aged! That’s right, May 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the birth control pill. It ...

The Birth Control Pill is Officially Middle Aged

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High blood pressure has been a long-running problem for Brazilians, affecting up to 25 percent of the population at any given time. This week, Brazil’s Minister of Health decided that something ...

The Medical Necessity of Sex

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It’s a gender stereotype as familiar as the chocolate-crazed PMS lady: guys always want to have sex in the morning. Whenever my boyfriends would insist that they were horniest in the morning I ...

Morning Sex: Pros and Cons

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A disturbing new connection has been found between sexual assault and poor health. Sexual abuse advocates are now touring hospitals and dentists' offices alerting health practitioners to the ...

Sexual Abuse is Eroding Women's Health Care

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Many couples choose to engage in bondage play for sexual satisfaction. Bondage usually involves the use of restraints to add to a dominant/submissive role play. Because they driven by power and ...

Minimizing Injury during Bondage

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking part in sexual intercourse. It was all going great until about halfway through – with all of the pushing, pulling, and jostling around, it felt like ...

What to Do when an Ovarian Cyst Ruptures

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I’ve spent a lot of time on this website discussing female sexual challenges – low libido, difficulty achieving orgasm, insufficient lubrication, etc. The one topic I've yet to broach is a female ...

The Final Word on Female Viagra

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People choose to be celibate for a number of reasons, including health issues, personal experiences, and moral beliefs. Celibacy does not refer to a temporary or involuntary period of abstinence ...

Does Celibacy Work?

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I think we can all agree that contemporary media has a huge impact on the development and expression of sexual desire in women both young and old. Therefore, my ears are always pricked whenever I ...

Would You be in a Sex Scene for $1 Million?

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News broke in late March of a curious proposition being broadcast to all of America. A self-proclaimed avid Phillies fan posted an ad on Craigslist stating that she would have sex in return for ...

Sex for World Series Tickets?

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A recent study just confirmed a link between oral sex and mouth cancer. The British Medical Journal reports that an increase in the sexually-transmitted disease HPV (human papillomavirus) ...

Can Blow Jobs Give You Cancer?

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HIV is a sexually transmitted disease that stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The definition of a virus is an infectious agent that replicates itself inside the cells of living beings, which ...

The Role of Gene Therapy in HIV Treatment

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Many women have questions about the relationship between sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, as these two topics are often discussed as two separate, mutually exclusive bodily states. ...

FAQ About Pregnancy and STDs

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Although it wasn't discovered until 1989, approximately 170 million people are currently infected with hepatitis C. It is a DNA virus primarily transmitted through bodily fluids and can be ...

All About Hepatitis C

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Approximately one third of the world’s population has been infected with hepatitis B, and it is most common in China, Africa and Asia. It is a DNA virus primarily transmitted through bodily fluids ...

All About Hepatitis B

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Have you ever heard of ectoparasitic infections? Not many people have. The term refers to infections resulting from a parasitic infestation, most often through sexual contact. ...

Ectoparasitic Infections

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Chancroid is a bacterial disease transmitted through sexual contact. It is characterized by small ulcers that grow within two weeks of contracting the disease. While men usually only get one ...

Your Chancroid Guide

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In the first part of this article I detailed my journey into the world of injectable fillers. Upon seeing these substances advocated in magazines such as Redbook and Better Homes and Gardens, I ...

Injectable Fillers: Perfect or Problematic?

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I have subscriptions to a wide range of magazines from The Bark to Bitch. I recently opened my latest issue of Redbook to find an article titled “Is Your Face Older than You Are? In it, I read ...

Injectable Fillers: Perfect or Problematic?

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Just when you thought the cast members of MTV’s The Jersey Shore couldn’t sink any lower, they promote false birth control information on cable television. In a recent appearance on ABC’s The ...

Jersey Shore Cast Member Promulgates Erroneous Sex Info

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Anyone with a newspaper can tell you that scientists are on an everlasting labyrinthine quest to figure women out. Science is particularly obsessed with quantifying women’s sexuality; apparently ...

Study Links Low Female Libido to Emotional Stress

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The movie Thirteen made a big splash when it first debuted in 2003. To many it felt different than your run-of-the-mill coming of age story. Perhaps because it doesn’t read like an after school ...

Women Taught to be Passive Study Says

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Thanks to advancements in modern medicine, more and more women have the honor of experiencing menopause first hand. Menopause marks the end of a woman’s childbearing age, as the production of ...

It’s a Mad Mad Menopause

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The letter "v" in V-Day stands for valentine, victory and vagina. It’s a global movement designed to promote female sexual health and fight against violence. One common way to celebrate V-Day is ...

Celebrate Your Vagina on V-Day

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There are several reasons why a woman’s first time having sex may be tenuous, and many of them were discussed in the first installment of this series. In this article, I’d like to focus on ...

How was Your First Time? A Second Look

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The title of this article brings to mind an episode of Sex and the City, “Great Sexpectations.” The first time Carrie has sex with her new boyfriend, the experience isn't quite what she imagined ...

How Was Your First Time? Part I

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I’ll be honest; I had to do a lot of research before sitting down to write this article. I have only come into contact with one uncircumcised penis during my short stint as a single adult woman, ...

Sex with an Uncircumcised Man

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There is a lot of buzz in the media right about sexual addiction. It is still a new term, and celebrities such as Tiger Woods, David Duchovny, and Gene Simmons have all been associated with it. ...

Sexual Addiction and Rehabilitation

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Have you ever heard of trichomoniasis? If not, read up; it’s the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) among young sexually active women today. Women are much more likely to contract the ...

How to Tell if You Have the Most Common STD

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Crab lice (commonly referred to as public lice) are one of the many sexually transmitted diseases that we must protect ourselves from in this day and age. The only way to get crab lice is through ...

Watch Out for Crab Lice!

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Syphilis is notorious for masquerading as other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), so it’s important to know about the causes and symptoms to adequately protect yourself. Syphilis is caused by ...

Syphilis: Everything You Need to Know

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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection resulting from an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. As harmful bacteria continue to grow, a woman may experience pain, odor, discharge, burning, or ...

Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Women

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If you’re trying to cut back on unnecessary expenditures, going out on date nights with your significant other may be the first to go. Who wants to pay for overpriced restaurant food and movies ...

Rekindle Your Sex Life with At-Home Date Nights

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There comes a time in many women’s lives when sterilization is both desired and needed. Thankfully, the ability to control fertility and prevent pregnancy is now possible through recent medical ...

Are You Considering Sterilization?

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Holistic medicine is that which treats the body as a whole, as opposed to its separate parts. For example, traditional medicine will tell you to take ibuprofen for a headache, while holistic ...

Shaina Gaul commented on Shaina Gaul's post Sexual Holistic Healing

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It is estimated that a whopping 10 million women in the US suffer from eating disorders and one in five fall victim to eating disordered thinking. Eating disorders result from a myriad of ...

Eating Disorders and Amenorrhea

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The procedure commonly referred to as a D & C is dilation and curettage. It is a surgical operation designed to treat miscarriage in women and is often mistaken for a D & A, or dilation and ...

What is a D & C?

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Our endocrine system does a lot for our body. Made up of several groups of glands, it is in charge of hormone production and has great sway over our mood, growth, metabolism, development, puberty, ...

Shaina Gaul commented on Shaina Gaul's post Endocrine Disease and Sexual Function

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Many women choose to chart their monthly cycles in order to determine the days or weeks when they are most fertile. This can be helpful for couples struggling with infertility, but may also be ...

Shaina Gaul commented on Shaina Gaul's post Fertility Charting 101

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In 1989, international public health professional Kathryn Carovano took a trip to Lima, Peru to spread awareness of AIDS and HIV prevention.* She worked with a group that explained the ways in ...

Shaina Gaul commented on Shaina Gaul's post What's the Deal with HIV/AIDS Prevention?

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The last article that I published on EmpowHer focused on the emotional effects of estrogen production within the body. The theme of that article can be reduced to the statement that a woman’s ...

Shaina Gaul commented on Shaina Gaul's post Hormonal Contraceptives and Sexual Desire

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The phrase “prenatal care” refers to the healthy choices a woman makes while pregnant. We all have a few habits that we’d like to change, and many of these come to fruition when a woman realizes ...

The Basics of Prenatal Care