Body Image
Dear Em & Lo
I Hate My Big Vulva/Vagina — What Can I Do?

Dear Em & Lo, I am always self-conscious when it comes to wearing jeans and tight dresses and it’s all because of my big vulva/vagina. This really affects my self-esteem really bad and I think that I am not normal. My vulva/vagina looks big and when I push in too if it, I can already […]

How To
4 Key Health Factors That Majorly Affect Sex

Good sex isn’t just about putting your right hand in and taking your left foot out — a more holistic approach may be just what it takes to make the earth move for you. There are numerous aspects of your daily life that can affect your sex life, from stress levels to sleep habits, and […]

How To
Just Do It: How Exercise Is ESSENTIAL for Great Sex

You know you should exercise — there are myriad health benefits that should encourage you to workout regularly. But perhaps the one that will finally convince you to get off the couch and get your butt in gear is the benefit to S-E-X. Improving your cardiovascular health and lowering your cholesterol with regular exercise improves […]

Advice
5 Reasons Not To Mess With Your Pubic Hair

by Sarah Marcantonio Our world’s war on pubic hair is never more apparent than in the summertime, when TV commercials and Internet ads tout the necessity of super smooth hairless skin. While some brave young women dare to rock the bush — whether as a bold feminist act or an ironic retro fashion statement — pubic lawn […]

Pop Culture
Photos of the Week: Happy, Naked & Older

Arizona photographer Jade Beall’s images on Facebook of an elderly interracial couple (including the one above) went viral in the last few weeks, probably because they revealed the kind of love, body security and happiness we all want, at any age! So we went in search of more life-affirming photos the AARP would approve of. […]

Research
Who Knew? Couples Who DO THIS Together Apparently Stay Together!

by Lindsay Tigar for YourTango Bad news slim couples… What is an indicator of a happy and successful relationship? Couple rings? Countless couple photos on Facebook? Family and friends who get along swimmingly? According to science, the best way to tell if a couple is happily in love is by looking at their waistlines.   giphy Research on the National Center […]

What's Up Doc?
Dr. Kate, What’s With My Genital Hair Growth?

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in Boston who lectures nationally on women’s health issues and conducts research on reproductive health.  She regularly (and generously!) answers your medical questions here on EMandLO.com. To ask her your own, click here. Dear Dr. Kate, The hair around my private parts grow very quickly, for example, I […]

Personal Essays
Sick-Skinny: When Weight Loss from Illness Is Considered Hot & Beautiful

By Jacqueline Raposo for Bust Magazine When illness causes weight loss, reactions from friends, family, and even strangers can be “positive” in the worst possible way. When I was 27 years old, I weighed 105 pounds and was extremely sick. Over a span of 15 years, I’d been extensively treated twice for Lyme disease, with […]

Your Call
How Can I Give Myself a Decent Orgasm? My Body Seems Broken!

We get a lot of advice questions coming in at EMandLO.com, but sadly, we just can’t answer them all. Which is why, once a week, we turn to you to decide how best to advise a reader. Make your call on the letter below by leaving your advice in the comments section.  I’m 18, and for as long as I […]