Some Doctors Are Smearing C-Section Babies With Bacteria To Boost Their Health

Some Doctors Are Smearing C-Section Babies With Bacteria To Boost Their Health

A few years ago, I came across some research reporting that the way a child is born appears to have consequences for their health. How so? Scientists believe that the bacterial composition of a woman’s vagina changes during pregnancy in order to allow certain bacteria to coat the child as it passes through the birth canal during delivery. These bacteria are thought to promote healthy development and functioning. If a child is delivered via Caesarean section (i.e., C-section), that child does not have the benefit of being exposed to those bacteria and, as a result, could potentially experience worse health outcomes than those born vaginally. However, some doctors believe there may be a way to remedy this and boost the health of C-section babies.

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The G-Spot Isn’t What You Think It Is

The G-Spot Isn’t What You Think It Is

Few aspects of genital anatomy have sparked as much scientific debate as the so-called G-spot (also known as the Grafenberg spot). Some researchers have argued that it is a distinct anatomic site, claiming to have found definitive evidence for its existence, whereas others have argued that the evidence behind such claims is far from convincing. 

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Video: 7 Scientific Facts About Vaginas And Vulvas

Video: 7 Scientific Facts About Vaginas And Vulvas

In the video below, I've compiled a list of seven interesting facts about vaginas and vulvas--all tastefully displayed against the backdrop of (mostly) fruits and flowers that bear a minor resemblance to these body parts and/or have a reputation for being aphrodisiacs. Enjoy!

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Women's Preferred "Shapes" and Styles of Genital Touch (Infographic)

Women's Preferred "Shapes" and Styles of Genital Touch (Infographic)

What kinds of genital touch do women find to be most pleasurable? A lot of research has explored this question; however, most of it has suffered from major limitations. For example, almost all of the studies that have emerged thus far have been based on non-representative convenience samples (meaning we don't know how generalizable the results are) and none have delved into very specific kinds of genital stimulation. However, a new paper published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy addresses these limitations, providing us with the most detailed look to date into women's preferred "shapes" and styles of genital touch. Check out the infographic below for some of the highlights from this study.

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Yes, Botox For Your Butt Is A Thing—But, No, It Doesn’t Cost $25,000

Yes, Botox For Your Butt Is A Thing—But, No, It Doesn’t Cost $25,000

For the last two days, articles about “anal Botox” have been blowing up my Facebook and Twitter feeds, with most of the headlines (like this one from Cosmo) saying something along the lines of “Anal Botox Is A Thing, And Costs Up to $25,000.” To me, the surprising thing about these headlines wasn’t that people were putting Botox in their butts, but what they were supposedly paying for it. Let me explain.

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The Fascinating Evolution of Animal Genitalia (Video)

The Fascinating Evolution of Animal Genitalia (Video)

Throughout the animal kingdom, genitals are very complex—way more complex than they are in humans. Take the male argonaut octopus, for example, which has a detachable penis that can swim on its own. Or consider female kangaroos, which have three vaginas and two uteruses each. On the surface, these genitals might seem way more complicated than they actually need to be for reproductive purposes. So why is that?

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Sex Question Friday: How Deep Is The Average Vagina?

Sex Question Friday: How Deep Is The Average Vagina?

A reader submitted the following question:

"How deep is a typical vagina? I hear a lot about penis size, but what about vagina size? Does size vary across nations?"

Thanks for these great questions! You're absolutely right that vaginal size is a topic that hasn't been discussed or researched nearly as often as penis size; however, there is some data out there that can speak to your questions.

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5 Common Questions About Vaginas And Vaginal Sex

5 Common Questions About Vaginas And Vaginal Sex

As a sex educator, I get approached with sex questions all of the time. However, I can't help but notice that some topics come up much more frequently than others. As a result, I have started putting together resource guides to address the most common questions I receive on a given topic. The last guide covered questions about penis size, so this guide will address questions about vaginas. Below are the 5 most common questions I've received on this topic. Each question is followed by a short answer, along with a link to a longer answer.

1.) “Does the G-spot really exist and, if so, where is it?”

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Sex Question Friday: Can You Really Tell If A Woman Is A Virgin?

Sex Question Friday: Can You Really Tell If A Woman Is A Virgin?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know the following:

“The first time a couple has sex, is it possible to physically tell if the woman is a virgin? Do all women have a hymen that breaks and bleeds during sex?”

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From Vodka Tampons To Beer Bong Enemas: Non-Traditional Alcohol Use Among College Students

From Vodka Tampons To Beer Bong Enemas: Non-Traditional Alcohol Use Among College Students

The other day, I overheard a couple of college-age guys talking about what they thought was an ingenious method for never failing a breathalyzer test again when stopped by police on suspicion of drunk driving: ingesting alcohol anally instead of orally—specifically, by inserting vodka-soaked tampons into their rear ends (actually, one guy suggested vodka, but the other guy said he’d prefer a tequila tampon. I suspect your anus wouldn’t know the difference, though). That way, according to their logic, you won’t smell like booze or breathe it out. Upon hearing this, my first thought was that the best way to avoid failing a breathalyzer test is simply to not drink and drive in the first place and maybe download the app for Uber or Lyft instead. My second thought was one of concern because these guys actually sounded serious about trying it. So, does anyone actually do this? And what kind of effects would this have on the body?

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6 Of The Most Unusual Animal Genitals (VIDEO)

6 Of The Most Unusual Animal Genitals (VIDEO)

Did you know that the argonaut octopus has a flying, detachable penis? Or that female kangaroos have three vaginas? Or that female hyenas have clitorises so large that people often mistake them for penises? These are just some of the many incredible genital variations found in nature. To learn more, check out the short video below from our friends over at ASAP Thought.

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10 Surprising Facts About The Vagina

10 Surprising Facts About The Vagina

Although many women and their sexual partners have taken some time to familiarize themselves with the vagina, the reality is that most of us don’t know as much as we should about this fascinating piece of anatomy. Below, I’ve compiled a list of ten of the most interesting facts about the vagina because, well, knowledge is power…and also pleasure.

1. Contrary to popular belief, women who have frequent sex do not develop “loose” vaginas. The vagina naturally becomes looser when women are sexually aroused in order to prepare for intercourse, but after sex, everything goes back to its normal state. What does cause vaginal looseness? Childbirth (sometimes) and older age. Click here to learn more.

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Sex Question Friday: Is “Swallowing” Bad For Your Health?

Sex Question Friday: Is “Swallowing” Bad For Your Health?

Every Friday, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know the following:

“Is the ingestion of a man's ejaculate harmful?”

Good question! There are actually a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about semen, so let’s take a few moments to clear them up.

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Sex Question Friday: Do Women Become “Loose” If They Have A Lot Of Sex?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know whether there’s any truth to the idea that a woman’s vagina becomes “loose” if she has sex frequently.

So I was hanging out with a couple of friends yesterday and they brought up the topic of vaginas in rap music. There seems to be a lot of hype about the elasticity of vaginas or "tight pu**y" in today's rap music, so we were wondering if there is any scientific evidence about vaginas actually becoming more elastic, or "loose," because of continuous sex. Some people said yes others no, so I thought I would ask you.

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The 5 Strangest Things Discovered Inside Women’s Vaginas

Every so often, I come across a news story that makes me cringe…and then laugh a little. Lately, virtually all of those stories have centered around women placing highly unusual items inside their vaginas, including stolen goods, concealed weapons, and more. Needless to say, the vagina is not meant to be a storage locker, nor is it a particularly handy place to stockpile daggers and firearms. I mean, if danger arises, would you really be able to get it out in time? Below I give you the five most unusual items women have hidden inside themselves. Needless to say, don’t try any of these at home…or anywhere else for that matter!
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Sex Question Friday: Is Deeper Penetration Better?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know why some women enjoy deep penetration during vaginal intercourse more than others.

Why is deeper better for a lot of women when the most sensitive parts of the vagina are on the outside and close to the labia and clitoris?

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Sex Question Friday: What’s The Difference Between Clitoral And G-Spot Orgasms?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know more about the relationship between G-Spot and clitoral orgasms.

I know that some women can only experience clitoral orgasm but not G Spot orgasm. I was curious to know if there are many cases of women who are able to have G Spot orgasms but are incapable of orgasming through clitoral stimulation. I'm sure there are a few cases but are these the exception to the rule or is it quite variable?

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Strange Sex Crimes: Attempted Murder By Oral Sex

It’s a given that some amount of conflict will occur in any relationship. However, every couple deals with conflict in their own unique way, with some couples giving each other the silent treatment, others taking turns sleeping on the couch, and some resorting to shouting matches. However, a few people take things to the extreme and actually attempt to kill their partners [1]. We’ve all heard media reports about this kind of thing before, but a recent story broke that involved the most bizarre method I’ve ever read about for attempting to kill a partner: a poison-laced vagina and a request for oral sex.
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Do “Nipple Orgasms” Really Exist?

Do “Nipple Orgasms” Really Exist?

Sexual scientists have long known that women have different routes to orgasm. Nearly a century ago, even Freud argued that women can either have clitoral or vaginal orgasms. Although some of those early scientists got a lot wrong (e.g., Freud actually argued that clitoral orgasms were a sign of "immaturity"), they at least correctly recognized that there is variability in how women reach and experience orgasm. Indeed, modern research has confirmed that women report orgasms originating at different sites in their bodies and that women’s subjective experience of orgasm is not necessarily consistent across time [1]. However, perhaps the most surprising thing to emerge from all of this research on the female orgasm is that some women appear able to reach orgasm without any genital stimulation at all.

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Does Penis Size Actually Affect Female Sexual Pleasure?

Do heterosexual women have an easier time reaching orgasm if their partner has a larger than average penis? For several decades, the answer reported in most sexuality textbooks has been an emphatic no. However, this answer is based largely on speculation by Masters and Johnson in their classic 1966 book Human Sexual Response [1], in which they argued that the vagina is highly elastic (and therefore capable of accommodating a range of sizes) and contains relatively few nerve endings. But what do women actually think? Is there a relationship between penis size and personal pleasure? A new study suggests that there is for some, but not most women [2].
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