Oral Contraceptives May Increase HIV Risk

Oral Contraceptives May Increase HIV Risk

Researchers may have uncovered some possible indications that hormonal methods of contraception may be associated with an increased risk of HIV. The recent report was a result of an observational analysis of a randomized trial that involved couples where one partner had HIV while the other did not. The report was published on the online […]

Does a Virgin Need a Pap Smear?

Does a Virgin Need a Pap Smear?

Being a virgin means you have not had [vaginal] sexual intercourse yet. According to Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, if you are a virgin, you probably do not need a Pap smear. Dr. Pruthi also adds that having a Pap smear won’t cause you to lose your virginity – even if the instruments used to collect the cervical cells stretch and even tear the hymen. You only lose your virginity when you have had sexual intercourse. The purpose of a pap smearThe purpose of a Pap smear is to get cells from your cervix. The …

Viagra for Women: Why It Does Not Exist

Viagra for Women: Why It Does Not Exist

Arousal problems are a common problem among men and women, especially when they hit a certain age. When this happens, men simply reach for bottle of Viagra and pop a pill. Women however, do not have that luxury. Why isn’t there an equivalent of Viagra for women?According to Jacqueline M. Thielen, MD, of the MayoClinic, this is because “generally, arousal problems in women can’t be treated with a pill.”Viagra is an oral medication that is taken to treat erectile dysfunction or the inability to su…

What’s Your Vagina IQ?

What’s Your Vagina IQ?

I took this test at The WH website, thinking that I’ll fare rather well, because I had Women’s Studies back in college, and enjoy great sex and all that. Tough luck. Out of 13 questions, I got a measly 5 (more or less) points. The quiz even called me a Vajayjay Virgin. Sad, I know. So I decided to help you other girls out and raise you V-IQ. Here were go:The best position for G-spot simulationI’m happy to say that got this one right. According to Women’s Health “Woman-on-top and rear entry (incl…

Condomless AIDS Protection?

Condomless AIDS Protection?

Three years ago, the idea of a “molecular condom” is said to become a reality in ten years time.  Nowadays, however, this medical marvel could be make available to the public within five years after human trials have been conducted.This condomless protection works by inserting a gel-like substance into the vagina that, when in contact with semen, would release anti-viral components and substance turns into liquid form, thereby discharging the virus completely.  When completed, this gel is said t…

Understanding Vulvodynia

Understanding Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is a condition that affects women and characterized by chronic pain or burning sensation that is felt around the vaginal opening or the vulva. The pain and the burning can sometimes make it difficult for women sit for long periods or even having sex. This condition can last for months and even years. Main CausesThe main causes of vulvodynia still remain unknown even to doctors. What they do know is that there might be certain factors that might help contribute to the said condition. O…

What an Abnormal Smear Test Results?

What an Abnormal Smear Test Results?

In the US, women are offered regular Pap smear tests, as well as other services to prevent diseases such as cervical cancer from developing. In 2007 alone, about 318,220 women were screened for cervical cancer through a Pap smear test and found 4,996 cervical cancers and high-grade precancerous lesions.Hearing such things as “cervical cancers” and “high-grade precancerous lesions” must be very scary for women. It can also be scary (and at the same time very confusing) to hear that your Pap smear…

Your First ObGyn Visit

Your First ObGyn Visit

Getting a regular pelvic exam and Pap smear is important for women, especially those over 21 years old. Your ageGirls aged 13-15 should be checked by OB/GYN. Pelvic exams are rarely are done during this age. A girl’s first visit to her OB/GYN is mostly to establish a relationship with her doctor and also to look at her medical and sexual history, even if she has not had any experience yet. This first meeting is also an opportunity to for young girls to become more informed about intercourse, sex…

Viagra May Boost Female Libido

Viagra May Boost Female Libido

About 43% of American women lack sexual desire, arousal, or orgasm. Addressing this problem, Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of the Viagra pill, developed Viagra-like drugs to improve female sexual health and enhance libido. There are other products developed to increase female sexual desire, but can these alternatives be effective in improving their sexual health?Women and sexual healthWhat are the factors that contribute to female sexual dysfunction? Psychological and emotional factors include r…

Keep Your Sex Life Alive Post Kids

Keep Your Sex Life Alive Post Kids

After the first child is born, parents are still able to have their ‘alone’ time. They can take turns caring for the baby and resting afterwards.But after baby number two arrives, say goodbye to your sex life at least for a while. Do the math. You got one infant + one rambunctious 1- or 2- year old + two parents = no time for pretty much anything. Fortunately there are ways to re-ignite your sex life. Anne Semans and Cathy Winks, co-authors of The Mother’s Guide to Sex have the following suggest…