STDs
What's Up Doc?
Dr. Kate, Does a LEEP Procedure Increase My Risk for Contracting STDs?

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 health questions here on EMandLO.com — this week, it’s about a LEEP procedure for HPV. To ask her your own med question, click here. Dear Dr. Kate, What […]

Pop Culture
The Weinsteins of the World Get Permission in a Million Little Ways Every Day

Some combination of personality flaw/disorder, power high, and celebrity allowed Harvey Weinstein (and Donald Trump and Bill Cosby and Bill O’Reilly…)  to allegedly sexually harass and assault many women for many years with impunity and without remorse. But there’s another factor at work in these cases — one that’s insidious, pervasive and widely permissible:  casual […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo, Can I Get Trichomoniasis From Masturbation?

Dear Em & Lo, If I masturbate 3 times a day 7 days a week and haven’t had a real sex partner in over a year, can I get trichomoniasis? — Red Handed Dear RH, Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis, most commonly passed from genitals to genitals. […]

How To
5 Essential Hookup Items to Bring with You

If you’ve managed to successfully navigate some of the pitfalls of swipe-based apps and found someone you’d like to hookup with, congratulations! You’ve succeeded where many have failed. But making a “date” is only half the battle. Coming prepared (no pun intended) is essential. You’ve got to think about what to wear, what hookup items […]

Personal Essays
Confession: I Was Allergic to Sex

I started having intercourse at 15. Besides the perpetual awkwardness of budding teenage sexuality and the occasional urinary tract infection (UTI), my first few casual sex experiences in high school were fun, comfortable and safe — what I would call “healthy.”  Sophomore year, I entered a long distance relationship, and soon noticed that after my […]

How To
How to Put on a Condom (A 12-Point Refresher Course with Video)

  April is STD Awareness Month! Consistent and correct condom use reduces the risk of HIV transmission by as much as 10,000 times (the studies that reported the HIV virus leaking through latex were done using particles 100 million times smaller than the HIV found in semen). And while condoms admittedly do not cover all […]

Research
Will Anal Be the New Oral?

A word of warning: Some links are definitely NSFW. There is very little new under the sexual sun. Classical Roman and Greek art honor both anal and oral sex, with the interesting codicil that the higher-ranked personage was always the top, the lower ranked the bottom, for both forms of naughty. (We can guess Julius Caesar was not unlike […]

How To
VIDEO: 7 Steps to Gender Equality…IN THE BEDROOM!

  View & share video via YouTube HERE Every year, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a political holiday that honors the struggles, achievements and hopes for women worldwide. Since its first observance in 1908, we’ve come along way, baby! But we’ve got a hell of a long way to go: In 2014 the World […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo, How Risky Is Oral Sex for STD Transmission?

I’m a teenager who was kinda pressured to give a guy oral (he’s my age) and though it was only for 3 minutes tops, I don’t know anything about his medical history except that he has had sex before. I myself had never done that before, nor have I had sex (I am a virgin) and didn’t even […]

Toys
What Makes This NEW CONDOM Different and Better?

What is a condom? For years, it’s been a single smooth dollop of latex poured onto a mold, then rolled off when it’s cool. It’s been that way for 70 years – the last major change to the condom was the introduction of the reservoir tip, and that’s been around for decades. We wanted to […]

What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Kate, I Keep Getting Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)!

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. Dr. Kate, I suffer from Bacterial Vaginosis and it happens when I have unprotected sex. […]

Sexual Health
LELO’s Revolutionary Condom Is Now Available at…TARGET!

LELO, the award-winning Swedish designer of luxury pleasure objects, has done it again — it’s brought style and innovation to the bedroom, this time with a revolutionary new condom that maximizes sensation without sacrificing safety called the HEX. And now it’s at your favorite neighborhood TarJay. The crowdfunding campaign of the re-engineered condom outstripped all expectations: […]

Toys
LELO Reveals NEW CONDOM Design! Here’s Why It’s a Big Deal.

LELO just unveiled their new re-engineered condom, the HEX. In the works since 2008, the HEX is designed to address the 3 most common complaints people have with condoms today by: increasing pleasure reducing slippage decreasing breakage LELO is calling it “the first major step forward since the reservoir tip was added almost 70 years ago.” And […]

What's Up Doc?
Dr. Kate, What’s This Bump on My Boyfriend’s Penis?

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, Hi,  I have some concerns about my boyfriend and his private parts…. […]

How To
How to Discuss Your Sexual History with a New Partner in 10 Steps

We know you don’t want to hear it, but: you’ve got to have the hard conversation with each new sexual partner about where your junk has been and what it’s seen.  Especially in an age when casual sex is de rigueur, and Tinder is causing STD rates to skyrocket. We’re not going to candy-coat it: […]

Sexual Health
Get a FREE Hex “Super Condom” to Help Fight “Super Gonorrhea” & Other STIs!

April is STD Awareness Month (thanks to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, aka the CDC) and it could not be more relevant in 2016. We started this year with the knowledge that chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis infections are on the rise in the USA; then came the discoveries surrounding the spread and implications of Zika […]