Can You Get A UTI From Your Workout Clothes? Here’s What You Need To Know

There’s a pretty good chance that you have experienced the hell on earth that is a urinary tract infection (UTI), which is characterized most commonly by ridiculously painful burning and/or itching, as well as frequent trips to the bathroom because of a constant urge to go, even when nothing actually comes out. But it’s often quite hard to track down what exactly causes a UTI. While I have heard that something as simple as working out can cause a UTI, it’s crucialto get all of the facts straight so we can all avoid suffering through these frustrating infections as much as we can.

UTIs happen as a result of bacteria entering through the urinary tract, where it then begins to grow and multiply inside the bladder, eventually leaving you squirming with that painful, awkward discomfort. Most commonly, UTIs occur in female bodies, because a woman’s urethra is shorter than a man’s, which makes it easier for that harmful bacteria to gain access the bladder. Ah, just another reason to love being a woman, amirite? Cananything just be a easier for us?

So what exactly causes bacteria to get all up in there in the first place?

You’ll be happy to know, when it comes to sitting around in your sweaty workout clothes, it’s not that likely for you to develop a UTI.

While it is possible to get a UTIfrom habitually wearing tight clothes and synthetic, non-breathable underwear fabrics, it can be pretty easily prevented by wearing clean, breathable cotton underwear, and consistently practicing good hygiene.

So what you need to know about UTIs then?

While sexual activity is probably the most well-known culprit for causing these painful and annoying infections (all sorts of bacteria from the colon or vag can get lodged in there during sexy time), it’s important to know what other factors and situations might put you at risk, and what you can do to guard against them.

The most common bacteria to cause UTIs is E. coli, but the infection can also be caused by bacteria from your GI.

Other symptoms of a UTI can include cloudy or smelly urine,blood or pus in your urine, soreness, and cramps.

These bodily signs can also be indicative of other infections, so it’s important to go to a doctor whenever something gnarly is going on down there. And if the infection escalates to your kidneys, symptoms can include fever and flu-like conditions all the more reason to visit your doc if you have doubts about what’s going on with your body.

So, even though sitting around in your sweaty workout clothes isn’t likely to cause a UTI, it can still lead to some discomfort down there.

In fact, it’sactually more common for you to get something calledsports vaginawhen you’re working out and hanging hard in sweaty clothes.

Yes, it’s sort of a thing, though it’s worth noting that it’s not an official medical condition exactly. Rather, it’s a kind of umbrella term for the discomfort you can experience when your vulva and vagina begin to sweat, like itching, chafing, redness and strong odor.

Sports vagina and the conditions down there that cause it are also ripe for causing a good ol’ yeast infection, too, from an overgrowth of the fungus candida, which really thrives in a sweaty and warm environment.

To avoid the dreaded sports vagina, the best thing to remember, above all, is to always wipe and wash yourself from front to back.This is, of course, to preventbacteria from moving from your rectum or colon into your vagina. While that’s bad enough as it is, add a little sweat to the situation and it’s basically a party for germs and harmful bacteria.

The moral of the story? It’s always to good take a nice rinse right after you exercise, for your vagina’s sake, as well as for the sake of your entire body.

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Couple’s Surprising Ultrasound Reveals A Tiny Rockstar In The Making

Some expecting moms feel they can guess their unborn babys features by their kicks, belly position, or morning sickness.

But what happens when one of their first recorded gestures is one for rock and roll?

An expecting Utah couple says thats exactly what they saw during a February 23 ultrasound that showed their baby pointing two fingers up in the air as if rocking out in the womb.

My reaction was just uncontrolled giggling, followed by disbelief and more giggling, the expecting mom,Makelle Ahlin, told The Huffington Post by email Wednesday. My husband was the first one that initially spotted it… He was so amazed and excited by the little rockstar!

Makelle Ahlin
Rock on baby! One expecting couple’s sonogram has an unexpected find.

She kind of went passed it, and I was just like, Hey, go back, I need that picture! her husband, Jared Ahlin, told Fox 13 News.

The pinky and index finger hand gesture, which is often used to signify rock and roll or heavy metal, is widely known as the horns.

Makelle who currently has two boys, ages 4 and 2 said the gesture, which was snapped when she was 22 weeks along, is so far fitting of this babys wild pregnancy.

The pregnancy has been one I wont forget. I was so sick in the beginning, which is crazy because with my previous boys it was like I wasnt even pregnant besides a growing belly, she told HuffPost.

Jared and Makelle Ahlin’s minds were blown when they saw their baby’s ultrasound.

Makelle also described tons of kicking, which first started at 16 weeks, as well as unusual food cravings including Pepsi, Doritos and Snow Cab legs, which she said she typically doesnt care for.

But I guess in rock star spirit he/she is making the world aware that this babys ready to party with sleepless nights, fine cuisine, and as a mother I am just hoping no hangovers, she joked.

This babys ready to party with sleepless nights, fine cuisine, and as a mother I am just hoping no hangovers.”

As for any skeptics who may think the ultrasound was digitally altered, her husband, speaking to the Salt Lake City TV station, denied such claims, saying that they have the original paper copies that back the image up.

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Josh Duggar Has Audacity To Claim Molestation Reports Caused ‘Emotional Injury’

The Duggar sisters breach-of-privacy suit has taken an even stranger turn now that Josh Duggar who admitted to molesting some of his sistersas a teen is seeking to join those same siblings in legal action over his molestation scandal.

Last month, Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Duggar filed a federal lawsuit seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against In Touch magazine and Arkansas law enforcement over police documents released to the tabloid through a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015.

On Friday, Josh filed a motion asking to join the case, claiming that he has suffered severe emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and economic harm both to his personal and professional reputations as result ofIn Touchs bombshell report that alleged he molested underage girls.

In their original lawsuit, the four Duggar sisters claim they were revictimized by the release of the documents that contained cosmetic redactions, which allowed them to be identified as their brothers victims.

Their lawsuit hinges on the assertion that, according to Arkansas law, information collected involving minors is not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The sisters claim that when they spoke to investigators as minors in 2006, they were told their statements would not be made public. Josh makes the same claims in his motion to intervene and cites the same law.

The City of Springdale, which the sisters are also suing, previously dismissed the allegationsin the lawsuit as without merit and false in a statement to the press. In Touch has yet to respond to the lawsuit, but its important to recognize that Joshs name was, in fact, redacted from the police report as required by law. In Touch even noted in the story:

(Note: Joshs name is redacted from the police report but In Touch has confirmed the passages that refer to him.)

From left: Jessa Seewald, Joy Duggar, Jill Dillard, Jana Duggar, who is not part of the suit, and Jinger Vuolo.

Similarly, the police report appears to comply with state law by redacting the names of Joshs victims. In Touch did not identify the victims by name in its reports, and it was Jessa and Jill who identified themselves as two of Joshs five underage victims when they participated in an interview with Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File. With the filing of their lawsuit, Jinger and Joy confirmed they were victims, as well.The identity of the fifth victim remains unknown.

The sisters claim that by not redacting their parents names, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, In Touch clearly identified the sisters as victims. However, the Duggar parents names did not need to be redacted as they were not minors.

In his motion to join the suit, Josh also states that while his sisters have been forced to confront traumatic experiences and had the most private and painful aspects of their lived [sic] exposed, they received sympathy worldwide.

But, Josh goes on to say that theres just no sympathy for himwhos youngest victim was just 5 years old:

Not so with Movant, however, for which the confidential, highly sensitive, intensely personal and humiliating nature of the information contained in the released reports has subjected him to exposure only in an intensely negative light for actions he engaged in as an indiscrete youth and that will continue to haunt him and cause him financial and emotional injury for the rest of his life.

The fall out from In Touchs May 2015 report was swift.Josh admitted to molesting underage girls who were later confirmed to be his sisters. He subsequently resignedfrom his job asexecutive directorof Tony Perkins conservative and anti-gay group, Family Research Council Action, and TLCcanceled 19 Kids and Counting.(Josh was back in the headlines overa cheating scandal involving an Ashley Madison account and claims of sex addiction later on.)

The idea that an admitted child molester could complain about lack of sympathy is inherently ridiculous and a closer look at Joshs motion reveals his claims to be completely contradictory.

In one breath, without actually mentioning the assaults,he refers to his abuse of his sisters astraumatic experiences and the most private and painful aspects of their lives. He then turns around and attempts to brush off repeated acts of sexual abuse as actions he engaged in as an indiscrete youth. In fact, the words molestation and sexual assault do not appear in Joshs motion at all. There is not even a hint of personal responsibility for his actions in the entire motion.

Meanwhile, his sisters Jessa and Jill previously said they had forgiven Josh, but the language in their lawsuit says otherwise. In the suit, the sisters state they were sexually assaulted on several occasions by [their] brother, Josh Duggar. The words sexual abuse and sexual assault and molestation are free flowing throughout the suit. Its a far cry from how they previously characterized the incidents as mild, inappropriate touching when they were interviewed by Kelly.

Via the police report: [Jim Bob Duggar] said that [Josh] had told him that [he] had been touching [redacted] on the breast and vaginal areas while [they] were sleeping. Later in the report [Jim Bob] said there was another incident in March 2003. [Jim Bob] said that [Josh] was reading to [redacted] and [she] was sitting on [his] lap, [Josh] had touched [redacteds] breasts and vaginal area…sometime during this timeframe [Josh] had been standing in the laundry room and [Josh] had put [his] hand under [redacteds] dress.

Josh is not represented by the same attorneys as his four sisters and it is unclear how they feel about him seeking to join the suit. HuffPost has reached out to lawyers for the Duggar sisters and will update this post accordingly.

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The Female Orgasm Is Not What You Think It Is

Orgasms, as were sure youd agree, are rather lovely things. Scientifically speaking, theres also a lot we dont know about them.

In terms of ladyfolk, its been generally agreed that there are three ways to achieve one: stimulation of the vagina, stimulation of the clitoris, or both. There are plenty of nuances to this in terms of timescales, pace, and ability to achieve orgasm in the first place, but those are the basics.

However, a new study published in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychologyby researchers from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, has highlighted that some women can probably achieve these biological fireworks by being physically stimulated in several, previously underappreciated erogenous zones. These extra special areas include the lips, nipples, ears, neck, fingers, and toes.

Of course, its long been acknowledged that arousal can be generated by interacting with these body parts, but it has never been acknowledged (at least, via a scientific paper) that an orgasm can be induced in some women by stimulating them. However, this depends on what an orgasm is considered to consist of.

Based on a huge review of the scientific literature, the team concluded that women have a remarkable variety of orgasmic experiences, as noted in a statement. They highlight that “orgasms don’t have to come from one site, nor from all sites, and that it (clearly) varies greatly between each individual woman.

Significantly, the research from McGill and Concordia Universities defines an orgasm as something fairly subjective, an experience entirely dependent on what a woman understands an orgasm to consist of. Rather than just being a counterpart to the relatively straightforward male orgasm, they posit that the female orgasm is essentially a plethora of experiences.

The most commonly accepted medical definition involves the contraction of genital muscles, accompanied by a rush of endorphins and, sometimes, ejaculate.

However, the key point that most focus on is the rush of intense sexual pleasure, which does lend itself to being quite subjective depending on what individuals experience at the time. Indeed, it appears the objective of this new study is to highlight that the female orgasm has no such concrete definition.

This is a metaphor, by the way. katjen/Shutterstock

In their study, the team point out that they didnot just stick to biological research studies when it came to their research into the subject.

We review the history of the clitoral versus vaginal orgasm debate as it has evolved with conflicting ideas and data from psychiatry and psychoanalysis, epidemiology, evolutionary theory, feminist political theory, physiology, and finally neuroscience, they explain.

They curiously add that of all the orgasms on Earth, none are more mysterious than those in females.

This is a reference to the evolutionary enigma of the human female orgasm. Many have concluded that it serves no direct reproductive purpose, and thus it isnt clear why it evolved in the first place.

Some have suggested that it encourages pair-bonding between partners, but a recent study suggested that it was once the key biological trigger required for ovulation to take place. Earlier in our evolutionary history, both the male and female orgasm were required to begin ovulation.

Weve since evolved a different form of reproduction, and the female orgasm has taken on a more pleasure and bonding-based secondary role and, as this new review showcases, orgasm-induced happiness comes in many forms.

The open-access study is well worth a read, by the way. Not only for the history of the discussion ofthe female orgasm, but for the inexplicable number of Star Wars puns in it. From subheadings entitled the vagina strikes back to others named the return of the clitoris, its a surreal rollercoaster of science and sci-fi wordplay.

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26 Stunning Photos That Capture The Sheer Strength Of C-Section Moms

A viral news story recently made the rounds, allegedly showing an outrageous exchange between an expectant mother and a birth photographer who refused to work with her on the grounds that a surgery isnt birth.

Though the account wasnt confirmed and the mother deleted the post from her Facebook page it certainly made waves among birth photographers, professionals who spend their days capturing the precious early moments between moms and their babies, and all the hard work that comes before.

Birth Becomes Her, a birth photography blog and community, quickly issued a reply in the form of a stunning collection of C-section photos that show A) birth photographers most definitely respect cesarean births and B) C-section moms are strong as hell.

It was particularly shocking to hear that someone who calls herself a birth photographer would say something so damaging and untrue, Monet Nicole, co-founder of Birth Becomes Her, said in an e-mail to The Huffington Post. When rumors began to surface that the text message exchange might not have been true, we felt even sadder … we just want all women to know that we love and celebrate cesarean births just as much as any other.

Here are 26 gorgeous images from Birth Becomes Her that provide a glimpse of just how powerful and moving C-section births can be with captions from the photographers.

  • “This is a shot from my first time photographing a C-section with the use of a clear drape. The mom was able to lean her head up and watch her son being born. I was able to capture this moment just after. It takes a lot for me to say I have a new favorite, but there is so much beauty in this 1/200th of a second. I intentionally didn’t crop out the bottom, as it tells a more complete story of this sweet boy’s birth. The mom’s hands are gently cradling her baby; the baby’s hands are reaching for the comfort of the one who gave him life; the dad’s reassuring hand can be seen coming into frame and the doctor’s hands are below, caring for the mom. Each of these hands is doing their best to care for someone. This is love. This is birth.”

  • “Birth is defined as the emergence of a baby or other young being from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being. A C-section is not less beautiful, not less emotional and does not make you less of a mother or father.”

  • “The reactions of mamas meeting their children for the first time is precious and priceless, regardless of how the baby is born.”

  • “After hours and hours at nine centimeters, with the head engaged, this family opted to meet their baby boy via cesarean.”

  • “This mama labored for so very long in hopes of a VBAC. From her previous birth, she was convinced her body would have trouble progressing past five centimeters. She rocked it — all the way to 10 — then had a uterine rupture and birthed her baby via cesarean. Her birth was beautiful. Life saving, life giving—beautiful.”

  • “Some of the most beautiful, sacred and emotional moments I’ve ever documented have bee captured during Cesarean births.”

  • “All births are amazing and worthy of documenting. Whether they are cesarean, planned or emergent, whether they are vaginal, breech or otherwise, whether they involve additional intervention like forceps or suction, or whether they occur in water, in a car, or in a field…. all birth is incredible, all birth is a journey worth documenting and worth being in utter awe of.”

  • “And suddenly, she looks up and sees the love of her life.”

  • “As a cesarean mama myself, I know the emotions that may go along with the experience, especially if it was not what a mom was planning. I will say this, C-section moms are fierce. The bravery it takes to lay there and be cut open for the sake of your baby is nothing short of amazing.”

  • “Seeing their baby for the very first time. Beautiful!”

  • “This was a planned, repeat cesarean for a mama whose baby had anencephaly. She waited until the right time to plan her cesarean so that her baby could be born alive and donate organs. And that exact plan happened because of her cesarean.”

  • “This baby girl was born after her mom stalled at seven centimeters, having contractions every one to two minutes for five-plus hours.”

  • “This was my sister’s birth. After three hours of pushing, she consented to having a cesarean birth. This moment made it all worth while.”

  • “Waiting patiently for mama to get out of recovery. Sometimes a C-section is not the plan, but it’s birth, and it’s beautiful!”

  • “If this isn’t bringing forth new life, then I don’t know what is!”

  • “A family-centered cesarean birth.”

  • “This mom told me: ‘When I was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia at 35 weeks, the doctor wanted to begin the induction process immediately. I weighed the risks and ultimately requested to have a cesarean. I feel empowered by my choice, and I’m grateful we are both safe and healthy. I’m thankful that the hospital staff accommodated my wishes and we had a gentle, family-centered cesarean, which included delayed cord clamping and skin-to-skin in the OR.”

  • “A very unexpected C-section, but this Mama said at the end of the day, she got her healthy baby.”

  • “Within minutes of entering the OR, this mother birthed and met her beautiful baby girl surrounded by a team that loved her, cared for her, and genuinely had her, her husband’s and their baby’s best interests in mind. She gave birth. Period.”

  • “Their little one was diagnosed with mosaic trisomy 13 [a rare chromosomal condition]. They had no idea how long he might live. His first cry was the most powerful thing.”

  • “Skin-to-skin after their Cesarean birth.”

  • “Such bliss. All birth is beautiful.”

  • “In one blurry moment, your soul can feel both pride and shame, wonder and fear, love and pain … this is the welcoming into motherhood, an unpredictable journey that shouts, ‘buckle your seatbelt, this is going to be a wild ride!'”

  • “This mommy has her much anticipated rainbow baby, safe in her arms.”

  • “Mama and baby enjoying their first moments together, skin-to-skin in the operating room.”

  • “Recovering together after a cesarean birth.”

  • Captions have been edited and condensed.

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Does The G-Spot Exist?

It is perhaps one of the most controversial debates in sexual function: is there or isnt there a G-spot? And if there is, how do we find it?

The G-spot is a purported highly erogenous area of the vagina that, when stimulated, may lead to strong sexual arousal and orgasm. Although the concept of vaginal orgasms has been around since the 17th century, the term G-spot wasnt coined until the 1980s. The G-spot is named after Eric Grafenberg, a German gynecologist, whose 1940s research documented this sensitive region within the vagina in some women.

The controversy surrounding the G-spot comes about because there is no consensus over just what the G-spot is, and while some women can orgasm through stimulation of the G-spot, others find it incredibly uncomfortable.

Where is the G-spot?

The G-spot lies on the anterior wall of the vagina, about 5-8cm above the opening to the vagina. It is easiest to locate if a woman lies on her back and has someone else insert one or two fingers into the vagina with the palm up. Using a come here motion, the tissue surrounding the urethra, called the urethral sponge, will begin to swell.

This swelling area is the G-spot. At first, this touch may make the woman feel as though she needs to urinate, but after a few seconds may turn into a pleasurable sensation. For some women, however, this stimulation remains uncomfortable, no matter how long the stimulation continues.

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The G-spot orgasm and female ejaculation

Physiological responses from a G-spot orgasm differ to those responses seen in clitoral orgasms. During clitoral orgasms, the end of the vagina (near the opening) balloons out; however, in G-spot orgasms, the cervix pushes down into the vagina.

Up to 50% of women expel various kinds of fluid from their urethra during sexual arousal or sexual intercourse. Studies have shown there are generally three types of fluid that are produced: urine, a dilute form of urine (known as squirting), and female ejaculate.

While some women may expel these fluids during arousal or sex, they are most commonly expelled during orgasm, and particularly through G-spot orgasm. So what is the difference between these fluids?

The release of urine during penetrative sex is usually as a result of stress urinary incontinence. Some women experience no other symptoms of stress urinary incontinence, such as leakage when sneezing, coughing or laughing, but will leak during sex.

Squirting is the leakage of a urine-like substance during orgasm. It is thought to occur because of strong muscle contractions surrounding the bladder during female orgasm.

Female ejaculate, most commonly reported with G-spot orgasm, is a much different substance: women describe the fluid as looking like watered-down fat-free milk and report producing about a teaspoon in volume during orgasm. The contents of female ejaculate have been chemically analysed and found that it closely resembles secretions from the male prostate. This has led to many suspecting that glands known as the female prostate (formerly Skenes glands) produce this ejaculate.

What could the G-spot be?

The G-spot is not a single, distinct entity. Much debate exists in the research field as to just what the G-spot is, and how it can produce orgasm.

The G-spot is located in the clitourethrovaginal complex the area where the clitoris, urethra and vagina all meet up. There are several structures in this complex that could produce pleasurable sensations when stimulated the G-spot might reflect the stimulation of just one structure, or multiple structures at once. Two structures in particular have been hotly debated and stand out as likely candidates for producing G-spot orgasms: the female prostate and the clitoris.

The female prostate lies within the urethral sponge, a cushion of tissue surrounding the urethra. The urethral sponge and female prostate are highly innervated, which may explain their sensitivity when stimulated.

The clitoris is more than meets the eye: we now know this organ extends far beyond what is visible externally. Apart from where the urethra and vagina touch, the clitoris somewhat encircles the urethra. Mechanical stimulation of the G-spot may in fact be stimulating the internal portion of the clitoris.

So, is the G-spot fact or fiction?

The G-spot certainly exists in some women. However, not all women will find the stimulation of the G-spot pleasurable.

Just because a woman is not aroused when the G-area is stimulated, this does not mean she is in any way sexually dysfunctional. Sexuality and arousal have clear physiological and psychological links. But, as human beings, we are all made slightly anatomically and physiologically different.

In the same way that what I consider blue may not be the exact same blue you perceive, an orgasm in one woman is not the same as an orgasm in any other woman. It is a unique experience. And although you and I both see blue through our eyes, the complexities of human sexuality and the female reproductive organs mean women may achieve orgasm in multiple ways.

Some women are unable to orgasm in the presence of a partner, but have no difficulty with orgasm with masturbation. Some women can orgasm only with clitoral stimulation, while others can orgasm through vaginal stimulation alone. There are reports of women who experience orgasm through the stimulation of the foot, and Grafenberg detailed in his report women who experienced arousal through ear penile penetration (but these reports are yet to be replicated!).

You are not abnormal or strange or dysfunctional if you cannot find your G-spot. Similarly, you are not abnormal or strange or dysfunctional if you expel fluid during arousal or sex. Sexual arousal, desire and pleasure are individual: if you are unable to find your G-area, work on finding something that does fulfil your sexual needs.

Harry Potter star, feminist and all-round superstar Emma Watson supports a great website for women wanting to explore their sexuality further. Its called OMGYes and is a great place to explore the ways in which different women experience sexual pleasure.

Jane Chalmers, Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Western Sydney University

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This “Golden Trio” Of Sex Acts Is The Key To Female Orgasms

Gaps, for the most part, are considered to be bad. The gender pay gap, for example, is notoriously awful. The orgasm gap the fact that men achieve orgasm a lot more frequently than women during sexual frivolities is also decidedly rubbish, and now, science has waltzed in to save the day by trying to close it.

A group of researchers from Indiana University and Chapman University surveyed over 52,000 people which included a range of straight, gay, lesbian, and bisexual men and women aged between the ages of 18 and 65 and concluded that there is a golden trio of actions that will all-but-ensure female orgasm occurs. That, ladies and gentlemen, is deep kissing, genital stimulation, and oral sex.

The study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, is a curious insight into just how bad the orgasm gap actually is. Of those surveyed, 95 percent of heterosexual men reported that they orgasmed during sexual acts with a partner, whereas just 65 percent of heterosexual women did.

Heterosexual women actually fared the worst out of any category, with bisexual women reaching that hallowed state 66 percent of the time, rising to 86 percent for lesbian women. For bisexual men, the figure was 88 percent, and this rose to 89 percent for gay men.

The aforementioned golden trio is the key way to close this orgasm gap and as the authors of the study note, education is key. Nearly 30 percent of men think that vaginal intercourse is the best way for women to achieve orgasm, and as co-author Elisabeth Lloyd, a professor of biology at Indiana University, told the Guardian: This couldnt be further from the truth.

This is not what an actual orgasm looks like, unless you’re particularly keen on experimenting with food coloring. Jag_cz/Shutterstock

Just 35 percent of heterosexual women orgasmed during vaginal sex alone. On the other hand, 80 percent of heterosexual women and 91 percent of lesbiansorgasmed after the golden trio was applied.

The trio isnt the only thing that helps. Writing in their study, the authors explain that women were more likely to orgasm if they were more satisfied with their relationship, ask for what they want in bed, praise their partner for something they did in bed, call/email to tease about doing something sexual, wear sexy lingerie, try anal stimulation” and act out fantasies.

The biology of the female orgasm is decidedly more complex than the male one that much, the science has made clear, and this new study underscores this fact.

Although its likely something to do with pair bonding and/or the repurposing of an old reproductive necessity, researchers are still undecided on what the biological function of the female orgasm actually is.

Broadly speaking, though, there are two kinds of female orgasm, they arent always accompanied by ejaculation, and psychology has a lot more to do with it than for men.

This study notes that women are about 20 percent more likely to orgasm if the sex is a little more varied and a bit of silver-tongued linguistic devilry is used. On the other hand, regardless of setting, sexual position inventiveness, or affectionate pillow talk frequency, men are no more or less likely to orgasm in most situations during sex.

The male orgasm is necessarily simple, as its essential for reproduction to occur. That, and no doubt the long-standing focus on the male orgasm in society, has meant that the female equivalent has remained so-called mysterious for an inappropriately long time.

Based on their findings, the authors surmise that its a lack of awareness, specifically regarding the more intricate biological machinery associated with the female orgasm, thats to blame for the gap. Female orgasms, simply put, shouldnt be this rare.

Oh, you silly heterosexual men. studiostoks/Shutterstock

[H/T: Guardian]

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Vulva Gallery Wants Women To Know That Body Diversity Is Beautiful

Warning: This article features illustrations of vulva that may not be safe for work. Many, many beautiful illustrations of vulva.

According to illustrator Hilde Atalanta, “all vulvas are amazing and beautiful just the way they are.”

Atalanta would know she is the digital proprietor of the Vulva Gallery, a collection of illustrations that celebrate the vulva in all its glorious diversity. She is also the gallery’s primary artist; all of the portraits showcased on a dedicated website and on Instagram are hers.

The gallery’s mission is clear: “The only way to change the way […] individuals experience their bodies is to educate them, and others, about the natural diversity,” she explained in a statement to The Huffington Post. She does so by drawing the many manifestations of female genitalia, over and over again, with few details spared, discussing the variety in her captions along the way.

Thanks to decades of body-conforming fashion ads and a pop culture sphere dominated by ideals, women haven’t always felt that diversity is beautiful. Moreover, a desire to fit into preconceived notions of beauty doesn’t just apply to the ways ladies scrutinize their waists, lips and breasts. Some women seek perfection in their vagina, too.

“In the past decade there has been an enormous increase in labiaplasty amongst young women,” Atalanta explained. Labiaplasty, she clarified, is a cosmetic surgery meant to partly or entirely alter the size of the labia minora (the inner folds of the vulva). “In my opinion, labiaplasty because of cosmetic reasons isn’t a good development. No vulva-owning individual should have to undergo this just because they want their vulva to look like the ones they see on the internet.”

Throughout our exchange, Atalanta used the term “vulva” over “vagina,” correctly noting that the vagina is only the internal part of the female genitals. While we tend to agree with Lindy West, who said that “at this point in our linguistic evolution [the vagina’s] become a general term for the general lady-area,” Atalanta makes a strong case for vulva usage:

The vulva consists of the external part of the female genital organs: the mons pubis, the labia majora and labia minora, the clitoris and the clitoral hood, the bulb of vestibule, the vulval vestibule, urinary meatus, greater and lesser vestibular glands, the vaginal opening, the pudendal cleft, sebaceous glands, the urogenital triangle (anterior part of the perineum), and pubic hair. I think we shouldn’t reduce the vulva just to its birth canal, when there’s so much more to it than that! 

Ultimately, Atalanta says she finds it very difficult to see how far many individuals go to “reach the ‘perfect’ looks.” Not that she doesn’t understand why it happens. “Like so many teenagers growing up, I’ve also been insecure about my own body,” she added.

But she hopes that the Vulva Gallery can, in whatever small way, contribute to the way people view the broad range of body diversity particularly, vulva diversity, reiterating to HuffPost: “They are perfect just the way they are. Because diversity is beautiful.”

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Heres What Sex Looks Like From INSIDE The Vagina

Warning: This video is not safe for work. Or home. Or the bus. Or prison. Basically, its completely obscene but since it counts as science, were going to show it.

A couple of participants had cameras attached to all of their saucy parts and jiggly bits, and then were filmed having sexual intercourse in the missionary position. Via a tiny lens placed inside the vagina itself, viewers can get a close-up of the penis as it enters, stimulating the clitoris and the front vaginal wall, where the G-spot is located.

Further cameras placed on the womans nipple and the man’s penis provide different perspectives on the effects of sex on the body, which, unsurprisingly, tends to get rather excited before making a mess all over the camera, thus bringing the scientific experiment to a close.

While all this is going on, the woman may experience an orgasm of her own, which announces itself in a number of ways, including muscular contractions and a sensation of being able to feel ones own heartbeat in the vagina. This happens as a result of direct stimulation of the clitoris, which, as viewers can see, is one of the missionary positions big selling points.

Both the clitoris and the glans (the head of the penis) contain a high number of nerve endings, which send sensory information to the brain when they become stimulated, resulting in the release of large amounts ofdopamine and oxytocin. These are responsible for the feelings of pleasure and intimacy that accompany orgasms.

So, now you know.

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I have herpes and my partner and I have lost our libido

She insists I wear a condom and is going through the menopause, leading to dryness, and I am experiencing premature ejaculation

My partner and I have been together for 15 years but the sex has always been a bit hit and miss. I get occasional bouts of herpes and as she is, understandably, worried about it, she insists I use a condom, which I hate. She has also been going through her menopause, leading to dryness and tightness. Neither of us has any libido and, to top it all, I have become a premature ejaculator.

As you and your partner have discovered, physical changes associated with ageing, health issues or infection can have profound effects on intimacy. But people who dont work on the sexual aspect of their relationship miss out on the pleasure, relaxation and comfort that sex can provide. I can understand if it seems overwhelming, because you have multiple challenges, but, individually, none is a big problem.

Early ejaculation can be treated, and it is important to address this as soon as possible because it is probably a primary underlying reason for your stated loss of libido. Herpes outbreaks and condom-use can certainly diminish desire, so it would help enormously if you could manage to reframe both as mere inconveniences.

The problem of vaginal dryness due to hormonal changes, which your partner is experiencing, can be addressed in a number of ways, through hormone supplements, creams or lubrication, and by changing your lovemaking technique to whatever is most comfortable for her. Be frank, and express your willingness to try to return to a more comfortable, anxiety-free erotic connection.

Pamela Stephenson Connolly is a psychotherapist who specialises in treating sexual disorders.

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