Vaginas
What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Kate: How Can I Make Sex Less Painful?

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, Since I started having sex (4 years ago, I’m 20 now) I’ve never […]

Dream Interpretation
I Dreamt I Had a Burnt Penis, Then a Flaming Vulva!

Other people’s dreams are never interesting…except when they’re about sex. If you’ve got a good one, our dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg just might tell you what it means! Click here to submit yours (18 and older only for dream interpretations, please). This week, a reader asks Lauri: I had the strangest dream last night. I cannot remember all of the parts, but […]

Advice
Use It Or Lose It: 7 Ways a Sex Drought Can Negatively Affect Your Vagina

Aly Walansky for YourTango [Editors’ note: “Sex” here means many things, including, but not limited to, intercourse, oral sex, manual sex, masturbation…]   SEX IS GOOD FOR OUR BODY in ways we can’t even imagine. From better sleep, to a stronger immune system, to burning calories and boosting our mood, getting some is good in many ways. Of […]

Research
12 Fascinating Facts About the Vagina (At Least 1 of Which Will Give You Nightmares)

by Emily Blackwood for YourTango   1. The word vagina comes from the Latin root meaning “sheath for a sword.” Not surprisingly, the word “gladius,” meaning “sword,” was a common term for the penis. WeHeartIt 2. In 2014, a doctor removed a potato that started sprouting vines inside patient’s vagina. The patient’s mother had told her it would prevent pregnancy. 3. It’s impossible […]

Pop Culture
An Abridged History of Modern Merkin Styles

At the 2016 Oscars, when presenting the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, hair-god Jared Leto sung the stylists’ praises to all 34 million viewers: [T]hey deserve an award just for putting up with us actors, not to mention the prosthetics, the wigs, the occasional merkin. If you happen to be laughing, please explain it to the […]

How To
Please Don’t Put These 12 Things in Your/Her Vagina, Ever

You might think this topic shouldn’t need explanation or elaboration, but you’d be surprised. 1. Douches This is the one every woman should know by now not to use. Douches are unnecessary products invented by The Man to solve made-up problems and make a buck. Vaginas, like ears, clean themselves. There’s good bacteria in your vagina […]

Confessions
The Myths of “Neat” Labia & Big Boobs in Porn

Emma P, the founder of LargeLabiaProject.org and OurBreasts.org (both of which aim to show that body parts aren’t “better” or “worse,” just “different), took issue with a few of our points in the recent post, “10 Myths About Labia Debunked“: I do have a big problem with what you’ve written in myth #8 about porn performers: MYTH #8: […]

How To
10 Myths About Labia Debunked

Pity the poor labia — they’re more hated on than the Kardashian sisters. Here we debunk ten commons myths about them, to help you the love the labia in your life a little more. MYTH #1: Most women have a matching pair. FACT: Most women have different sized labia — exact symmetry is rare in nature — […]

Your Call
Is It Okay to Use a Vibrator That’s Bigger Than My Boyfriend?

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.  Dear Em & Lo, I’ve been with my […]