Vaginal cancer – not to be confused with cervical cancer – is a rare form of the disease, which manifests in the vagina itself. Usually, the cancerous cells occur in the birth canal, which lines the vagina. … Read More
Wax it, shave it, laser it or leave it au naturel? Whatever you choose to do with your pubic hair is up to you. Here are a handful of myths you need to stop buying into.… Read More
When it comes to sex, there’s no such thing as too much protection. If you want to be doubly sure you’re protected against STIs and unplanned pregnancy, consider the female condom. Used in conjunction with your regular birth control method, you’ll be twice as safe – which means double the fun!… Read More
Condoms are effective 98% of the time… so what about the other 2%? That’s what we’re tackling here, to help you take charge of a potentially risky situation. … Read More
Your vagina is pretty pro at taking care of itself, ridding itself of bad bacteria and keeping itself lubricated and clean. But when we make little health mistakes, we get in the way of its natural process and can inhibit its ability to keep itself healthy.… Read More
Did you know that your period could actually be revealing important things about the state of your health? Apart from letting you know that you aren’t pregnant, your monthly cycle may give you critical clues about various aspects of your body and its wellbeing, so pay attention if you notice any of these indicators.… Read More
There are lots of reasons you may have lost your confidence or simply lack it altogether. The good news is you’re not alone. The even better news is that it’s possible to gain (or regain) it, and keep it!… Read More
It may be one of the more difficult conversations you’ll have in your life, but covering the topic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with your partner – especially if you have one – is critical.
Firstly, stay calm. These days, up to 50% of people will be affected by an STI at some point in their lives. Combine that with advances in medicine and greater open-mindedness in general, and it’s possible that your partner will take the news better than you expect. In fact, she or he may have one too, or may have had one in the past. … Read More
First things first: it’s completely normal to experience vaginal discharge. These secretions serve a number of vital functions, including cleaning and moistening the vagina, helping to get rid of bad bacteria, and fighting infection. … Read More
Intimate partner violence – also known as domestic abuse – is a prevalent and deeply ingrained problem in South Africa. Sadly, most victims never come forward with their stories, which means that violent acts against women and children continue to be perpetuated day after day and year after year.
As a victim of domestic abuse, it will always be up to you when or even whether to share your story. This is a highly personal decision, and should you decide to open up about it, it should be on your terms, and only when you feel ready to do so.… Read More
If you’re not in a monogamous relationship with a partner, you should be using condoms every time you have sex.
Condoms aren’t only there to protect against unplanned pregnancy, and HIV isn’t the only sexually transmitted infection (STI) you could contract. In fact, incidences of chlamydia and syphilis are on the rise among sexually active adults, and HIV/Aids is still one of the top causes of death among South African adults across the age spectrum.… Read More
Being able to talk about the fact that you’ve been a victim of sexual assault is an important step towards recovery, and it’s also one of the most difficult. Whether you were raped or sexually assaulted in a different way, finding the courage to talk about it can take weeks, months or even years – there’s no set timeline for this. Some people never wish to share their story. That’s okay too. … Read More
Stress is an unavoidable and normal part of life. In some instances, it can even spur us into action and ensure that we get essential tasks done. However, if you’re living in a constant state of anxiety, you could be doing serious damage to your health.
Here’s how you can you tell if your stress levels have become unmanageable and potentially detrimental to your health, and what you should do about it. … Read More
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of self-loving from time to time – or all the time, if that’s what you love! If you’re bored with your usual routine or want to maximise your big ‘O’, treat yourself to one of these hot new positions tonight.… Read More
Growing up, a lot of us were taught that ‘sticks and stones can break our bones but words can never hurt us’. While it’s true that physical violence can inflict visible and physically painful wounds, it’s not true that words are harmless. In fact, for victims of emotional abuse, the psychological scars can last indefinitely, leading to a lifetime of low self-esteem, depression, withdrawal, and believing that they do not deserve a non-abusive relationship. … Read More
Last month MTV Base (SA) debuted the courageous documentary entitled MTV Shuga Presents 16 and Pregnant, a show designed to shed light on the reality of teen pregnancy in South Africa.… Read More
If your guy struggles to last in bed, you’ll be relieved to know you’re not alone in your frustration: premature ejaculation is the most common sexual disorder in men under 40. … Read More
Wildly popular MTV Shuga returned for its fifth season, back to tell tales of sex, friendship and despair. Set in the hip and happening spots of Braamfontein and Zenzele, the new season brought fresh sagas, grittier storylines and more drama than ever!… Read More
Ladies, it’s time to take control of your big O! These tips will help empower you to have stronger, more frequent and more satisfying climaxes, whether you’re playing with your partner or flying solo. … Read More