Posts tagged "sexual health"

A List Of Suggested Workshops For “Sex Week” At Harvard (And Other Colleges)

This week, Harvard University is hosting their third annual, controversial "Sex Week," a “week of programming that is interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, scholastic, innovative and applicable to student experiences in order to promote a holistic understanding of sex and sexuality." This year, some of the workshops offered include "…
By: Katie Oldenburg / November 5, 2014

Can You Get It Up For The Thong Condom?

Condom companies are always coming out with new designs that promise to be "ribbed for her pleasure" or "extra thin" -- there's even a condom coming soon that's made from something called hydrogel, which is apparently what contact lenses are made from. But if you ask me, the most ... creative innovator in condom technology…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 12, 2014

Trojan Releases College Sexual Health Report Card

Trojan and Sperling’s Best Places just completed their 8th Annual National College Sexual Health Ranking by evaluating key factors at 140 colleges and universities around the country. For the first time, Princeton University snagged the title of No. 1 on the list, having sat in the Top 10 for three straight years. Today, the entire list of ranked schools i…
By: College Candy / November 8, 2013

Finally Some Good News: HPV Vaccine Has Been Incredibly Effective

Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in 2006, infections in women and girls have been by more than half. This statistic exceeds the expectations of researchers and although this progress is encouraging, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden stated, “the report should be a wake-up call…
By: Mary Odell / June 20, 2013

High School Principal Suggest Porn Stars Teach Sex Ed

Principal Mark Slater of The Leys in Cambridge, a prestigious boarding school in the UK, has an idea popular with 14-year-old boys the world over: students should be taught sex education by porn stars. Wait, what? Oh, he has his reasons! "I wouldn't rule it out — simply because of what they've done in their life…
By: Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

The Massachusetts Legislature’s Public Health Committee is considering a new bill to ease parental consent rules for abortion. According to Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts, young women in Massachusetts under age 18 need to acquire written permission from a parent or guardian to obtain an abortion; if she's unable to discuss thi…
By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Brazil Drops Ad Campaign Celebrating Its ‘Happy Prostitutes’

To celebrate International Day of Prostitutes (apparently that's a thing?) on June 2, Brazil’s director of the Department of STDs, AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis devised an ad campaign to encourage the use of condoms in the country’s legal prostitution industry, as well as remove the social stigma surrounding sex work. Unfortunately, it turns out that…
By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening. Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundatio…
By: Sarah Gray / April 4, 2013

France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18. Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It's not still April Fools' Day, right?
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2013

HIV-Positive? You Probably Don’t Want To Be In Kansas Anymore

My college best friend and I coined the term "bipolar week."  It was used to describe a week filled with both overwhelmingly amazing events and truly terrible moments: winning a prestigious award and then getting dumped by your boyfriend, or perhaps acing a midterm and losing a childhood pet. When reflecting on this past week,…
By: Sarah Gray / March 29, 2013

Downward Dog Your Way To A Better Sex Life

One surprising way to boost your sex life will have you putting down that "101 Best Sex Tips" guide and whipping out the yoga pants! In a recent article in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers revealed that women who were once unsatisfied with their sex lives but began to practice yoga and “Eastern techniques of…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 2, 2012

New App “Circle Of 6″ Can Prevent Sexual Violence

I'll admit I was skeptical when I heard that the White House was holding a technology challenge for developers to create an app that would help prevent sexual violence. All of the stuff that I believe can change the prevalence of sexual violence — harsher punishments for criminals, a cultural change on what consent means,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 21, 2012

More Women Having Sex Out Of Obligation

A long-term study at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland found tha women who had sex four or more times a week were rated as looking 10 years younger than their actual age. (More sex leads to a youthful glow? I can dig that!) But the research, cited in a new study by WomenTALK, also…
By: Stefanie Blejec / November 11, 2011

Are You Into Sexual “Simmering”?

When we talk about our sex lives, it's usually in terms of how often, where and when we're doing the actual deed. But some sex therapists contend that getting each other sexually aroused at random moments is just as important to a couple's bond as lovemaking. Dr. Stephen Snyder blogged about this idea for…
By: Joanne Hinkel / December 17, 2010

Why Women Get Friskier As They Near 40

According to a new study, older women — "cougars," if you must — are total horn dogs and they've got their waning fertility to blame (or credit?). Psychologists from the University of Texas at Austin polled almost 900 women about their attitudes towards sex, and learned that women aged 27 to 40 (those…
By: Wendy Atterberry / July 7, 2010

The Average Brit Has Had Indirect Sex With 2.8 Million People. How Do You Stack Up?

I've had 7,419,564 sexual partners in my life! And you thought your number was high? OK, so more accurately, that's how many direct and indirect partners I've had. After I read in the Telegraph that the average British person has had indirect sex with 2.8 million people, I was dying to know how…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 24, 2009

Sesame Seeds And Men’s Sexual Health: The Little Seeds That Might Help Men Spread Theirs

Sesame bagels are my favorite, and if I were a guy, eating them might help me in the sex department. That's because sesame seeds are rich in the amino acid arginine, which is involved in making nitric oxide, a compound that enhances blood through arteries and even male body parts! More blood flow to certai…
By: Catherine Strawn / June 16, 2008