We know, we know, you’ve heard it before – pap smears are important; pap smears are great. So why are we banging on about it again? Because September is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and as you know, we feel strongly about helping our readers stay physically and sexually healthy. We’re going to keep driving the…
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Childbirth is possibly the most personal experience for women. Today, there are more childbirth options for expectant mothers than ever before. Read through our Blog for interesting experiences, problems and solutions regarding pregnancy and women’s wellness.
When we talk about rape or sexual assault, we’re talking about any unwanted sexual contact between people. It usually involves force, and there is no consent. Critically, rape and sexual assault are crimes.
There’s an enduring myth that lesbians – women who have sex with women – don’t have to worry about contracting a sexually transmitted infection or HIV. Even some healthcare providers will tell you this. But it’s important that you understand the risks: any time two people’s bodily fluids come into contact, there’s a chance of…
You read a lot about pap smears on this blog, and you’ll keep reading about them because they could save your life. That’s no exaggeration! A pap smear is your best defence against cervical cancer, the second-most common cancer in women, and the most common in developing countries like ours.
When was the last time you went to the doctor? Probably when you were ill or injured – in other words, when there was an actual ‘reason’ to go.
“I was a scared 16-year-old girl in a relationship with 21-year-old Thulani* when I discovered I was pregnant,” says Lebo*. “Sometimes we used condoms but most of the time we didn’t because Thulani said it didn’t feel as good for him when we used a condom.
How many times have you worn shoes that felt uncomfortable or hurt your feet? It’s an unpleasant feeling, and you probably couldn’t wait to pull them off and feel the relief of your bare feet on the floor.
Perhaps you heard all kinds of crazy stories from your schoolmates or maybe were given the wrong impression by elders or awkward parents giving you the sex talk. Whatever the reason, there are a ton of strange, funny and downright bad sex myths out there that are preventing you from having great fun between the…
A lot of women worry about their vaginas: does it smell weird? Should it look like that? What about that weird discharge? But here’s the most important thing you need to know about your vagina: it’s designed to keep itself clean with the help of natural secretions.
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