Vaginismus is one of the leading causes of painful sex. Many people haven't even heard of it, but vaginismus is extremely common and it can have a huge impact on women, their partners and relationships.
Illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria.
The African continent has the highest burden of gonorrhoea worldwide. In South Africa alone, it's estimated that more than 2 million new cases occur annually.
Contact tracing for sexual health has been taking place in England for many years. Why was this workforce ignored in the coronavirus response?
Pay attention to scientist-driven recommendations. There is no evidence that kissing through a mask — as depicted in this image— is a safe practice. Now is a good time to exercise your imagination and practise a different kind of safe sex.
(Street art in Bryne, Norway, by Pøbel. Photo by Daniel Tafjord/Unsplash)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, sexual activity may pose risks of transmission. A sex researcher shares information on how sex relates to the current pandemic, and how to prevent transmission.
Women and their doctors need to communicate about potential sexual side effects from procedures that involve the cervix.
Sexual health experts say it's a misconception that the cervix is insensitive, which can have implications for some medical procedures.
Giving young Nigerians information on sexual and reproductive health boosts their confidence in using condoms
Sexually inexperienced Nigerian students are less confident in their ability to use condoms, increasing their susceptibility to infections and unplanned pregnancies at first sexual activity.
New research reveals a link between a diagnosis of cancer and a lifetime number of 10 or more sexual partners. But there are some flaws in the research we need to consider in interpreting the results.
Amyl nitrite, known as poppers, can now legally be sold in pharmacies. But don't expect to see it stocked any time soon. No product has yet passed Australia's manufacturing and testing process.
Emergency contraception can help prevent pregnancy after sex.
Students in Nigeria used home remedies to prevent pregnancy after sex and had doubts about the efficacy of medically approved pills.
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It's a surprisingly common question. Here's what you need to know.
The debate about why women have a clitoris has long been shaped by cultural, religious and moral influences.
New research suggests the clitoris is equally as important for reproduction as it is for sexual pleasure. But the evidence behind that claim is up for debate.
Men and women who report a decrease in sexual activities are more likely to experience a deterioration in how they rate their overall level of health.
New research looked closely at the lives of thousands of 14 year olds to discover that fewer are having oral sex and intercourse than previous generations.
Australia’s teens get their sexual information from a variety of sources and seem to know a lot about STIs.
Australia's year 10-12 students are getting good marks when it comes to sexual health, according to new research out today. But there's room for improvement.
Contraception forms an integral element of health care for women.
Whether women should need a prescription to get the pill has long been controversial. But making it available over the counter would compromise the provision of comprehensive women's health care.
No one can decide what to do with your body but you!
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While we can't tell you what to do with your body, we can give you some information to help make an informed decision about shaving your pubic hair.
Pornography can give women new sexual ideas and make them feel like their body and their sexual preferences are normal. But there are downsides too.
Claudia van Zyl
Most young women we interviewed said they gained pleasure watching sexually explicit material, but their focus was often on their male partner's needs, desires and expectations, rather than their own.
The good thing about Kegel exercises is that you can do them pretty much anywhere.
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Doing kegel exercises is actually very beneficial for your pelvic floor muscles. Don't know how to do them? We have you covered.
A poster on the wall of the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights, an NGO based in Minna, Nigeria.
The story of how Nigeria and Mississippi implemented comprehensive sexual education programs despite local opposition offers important lessons about how to boost adolescent sexual health.
Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford pledged to repeal the provincial sex-ed curriculum.
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With Doug Ford Nation taking over Ontario, our school curriculum, especially sexual education, is at risk of being censored and being thrown back to a time when diverse sexualities was a mystery.