Think it’ll end happily ever after? Over 75% of those who marry the person they...– And other tough-love stats in today’s Frisky Friday, “Sneaking around: So, you’re in love with a married man.”
Fetish Friday: Mysophilia
Don’t do the dishes. No need to sweep or dust. Even better, leave your dirty laundry piled on your bed. Mysophiliacs like it dirty, but not *that* kind of dirty. Their fetish is a sexual attraction to filth. Oh, but it doesn’t stop there. When it comes to Mysophilia, soiled, foul, or decaying material is a turn on. If you’re dating one, things could get messy. We recommend a little mud...
I avoid triggers - things like music with heavy bass, vibrations from riding a...– Wow. Too many orgasms? We’re not gonna lie, it’s tempting to make a joke about not being able to conceive of such a thing—but the condition described in this Huffington Post article actually sounds serious. Maybe a tweak to our tag line? “We believe knowledge is power. We...
Is the Grass Actually Greener in Kansas City?
This summer, I decided to put my love of traveling and meeting new people to the test and go where I have never gone before… the Midwest! My first destination was Kansas City (which I quickly learned is partly in Missouri, not just Kansas State). My assignment? To find out about the Kansas City experience when it comes to dating, relationships, and sex. After hitting up all the KC hotspots,...
On your parents’ health insurance? One more reason... →
From our latest Get on Top post: You’ve probably noticed that we’re fans of the Affordable Care Act—mostly for all it does to make it easier and more affordable for people with insurance to use the birth control that’s best for them. We’ve talked less about our other favorite feature of the ACA, which allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plan...
Will hormones in the pill affect the results of a... →
plannedparenthood: Someone asked us: If I am on the pill, and I had to take a pregnancy test, would the hormones in the pill affect the result of the test? Nope — pregnancy tests are 99 percent accurate, whether or not you’re on the pill or any other form of birth control. The hormone that a pregnancy test detects in your urine is called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and it’s only...
The Rough Guide to Bedsider in Mobile-land
I upgraded from the pill to a more effective method a while ago, but I decided not to let that stop me from enjoying Bedsider’s offerings—especially their “cheeky” text message birth control reminders. In case you haven’t had the pleasure of exploring Bedsider’s mobile side, allow me to show (screen-cap-style) and tell you a little about it. You can set up a birth control or appointment reminder...
If you’re dating an Eproctophiliac, expect romantic candle lit dinners at home where you’re served healthy portions of beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and perhaps some prunes for dessert. Why? Because Eproctophilia is a sexual attraction to flatulence. Gross? Well, we try not to judge. If you fly out of the room when anyone gets a little windy—including yourself—it’s...
Gentle love nips in the right place are good. Chomping on him like a zombie...– If you ever thought about using a scrunchie as a sex toy, this one’s for you. Some excellent (and hilarious) tips in today’s Frisky Friday, “Things that make him go ‘ow’: How not to handle his junk.”
Getting It On: The Covert History of the American... →
Vintage condom tins. A fascinating history of birth control, especially condoms, in the United States since the 19th century. Let’s just say they’ve not been without controversy—but where there’s a will, there’s always a…euphemism.
An Internship with Bedsider (and You)
gynologues: thinkstothink: Can I intern for Bedsider? I’d really love to know how to land that gig. Us too. And hit happy hour. Ooh, we like this question! If you’re interested in interning for Bedsider, send your resume and a writing sample (ideally something more bloggy/article-ey than term paper-ey) to email@example.com with “Bedsider Internship” in the subject line....
Dispatches from a College Sexpert: Dos and Don’ts...
Sex can be hard to talk about even with our closest friends and partners, but the college experience sometimes makes it necessary to discuss it with complete strangers—a.k.a. roommates. There is already a lot to negotiate when you live with someone—especially someone you’ve never met, let alone shared a (small) space with. So here are some dos and don’ts for getting it on in the...
If Bedsider Had an Awkward Love Child With...
It would look like this. (Has our eyes, don’t you think?)
Here’s a Secret: Size Really Does Matter
This article by Annie Shapiro of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP) is cross-posted from RH Reality Check. As an avid sports fan, I spend many hours watching sporting events with my guy friends, and the conversation always seems to veer toward sex. I act annoyed that the boys just have to bring it up, asking me questions I would prefer not answer or consider. But, I must admit I...
Scruff. Stubble. 5 o’clock shadow. These will not do if you’re into Pogonophilia. Why? Because Pogonophiliacs are aroused by beards. Looking to attract someone into this fetish? You may not have to grow a big, bushy, Santa Claus-esque, down-to-the-floor beard, but do go for something full if you want to get a Pogonophiliac’s motor running. We recommend starting with the Chuck Norris before...
School of rock: Getting to know Stevie Nicks →
It’s Frisky Friday again and we’re hoping record-breaking singer, philanthropist, and epic rock goddess, Stevie Nicks will inspire you to let loose this weekend!
Sometimes old ideas die hard. One good example is the old idea that you have to...– If you were ever confused why you were told to wait until Sunday to take the pill, insert the ring, or start the patch, Dr. Sara Kennedy will give you the answers and some advice in the latest Provider Perspective, “Starting the pill: How about now?”.
Dispatches from a College Sexpert: 5 Tips for...
With freshmen leaving home for campus and students graduating or spending semesters abroad, long-distance relationships (LDRs) are practically a college requirement. And whether you’re in one with someone from back home or someone from school, it can be hard to imagine getting through it in one piece. (I’ve never run a marathon, but I imagine it’s a bit like that.) As someone who has managed to...
Sex On TV: Why We Likey Lochte
Like most of America, I have a serious Olympic hangover—but I’m not quite ready to put away the American-flag long underwear I wore under my clothes every day for the two weeks of Games. The residual coverage is one of my favorite parts of the whole experience, as Olympians return home as heroes to new endorsements, reality television opportunities, and paparazzi stalking them at every...
Method Monday: Old-School Barrier Birth Control
Happy Method Monday! In honor of back to school, we decided to go back in time to look at some vintage methods that are still in use (mostly) today. Since they share many characteristics, the cervical cap, the diaphragm, and the sponge will share the spotlight this week. The best thing about these methods is that they’re totally hormone-free, which is important to some women for health reasons...
‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’ ~ Erich Segal, Love...– Speaking of love, we kind of love this “Love Quotes for Dummies” post by Kate Bartolotta for Elephant Journal.
Fetish Friday: Avisodomy
Quick! If you raised turkeys growing up or have a pet parrot or finch or something, look away now because you don’t want to know about Avisodomy. Or maybe you do? Avisodomy is engaging in sexual acts with birds. As in flucking a flamingo. To be honest, we can’t even picture roasting a whole chicken, let alone hooking up with one. Can you? No wonder there are so many angry birds in that damn...
Whipped into a frenzy: A beginner’s guide to BDSM →
It’s Frisky Friday! Since we’ve already covered how to play around with spanking and the don’t-try-to-fight-it allure of Fifty Shades of Gray, it’s time for a little primer on BDSM. Curious? So are we.
Somebody better throw us a shower
Things you could have done over the last nine months: Have a baby. Use Bedsider plus birth control and not have a baby. Things you can do right now: Celebrate Bedsider’s 9-month anniversary by upgrading your birth control. Our smoking hot birth control info can guide you to the best method for your body and lifestyle. Send someone a Someecard from the Bedsider collection. Guaranteed to make...
An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are...– Patricia Fry (via modernhepburn) Do you agree?
Dispatches from a College Sexpert: Consent is...
If there’s one thing you need to have before hitting the sheets, it’s consent. It’s the only thing more essential to great sex (or any sex, really) than effective birth control. Consent is the basic notion that you’re receiving pleasure in the way that you want to receive it and giving it in the way your partner wants it. Sounds pretty basic, but there are some crucial details that people don’t...
Mission: Great Sex! →
We’re big believers in the benefits of a healthy sex life, so when we read about Mission: Great Sex! (a campaign from our friends at Lucky Bloke), we had to help spread the word. And if you like the name, you’ll love the goal—to bring safer, more pleasurable sex with properly fitting condoms to people worldwide. Now, you may be asking yourself, how can I be one of those lucky...
Fantasies provide, among other things, a sort of sexual meditation, allowing the...– Hear hear. Quality commentary on the value of fantasy from Barbie Davenporte for After Dark LA.
Fetish Friday: Looners
Have you ever seen a kid lose their balloon at the zoo, then totally lose their mind? Well, Looners can probably relate because they love balloons too. Like, really love them. Like, please-rub-that-balloon-all-over-me-whilst-I’m-naked love them. Some Looners (a.k.a. balloon fetishists) get sexually aroused popping balloons. (They are often called Poppers.) Others like the act of blowing them...
How to fight fair (because makeup sex is better... →
It’s Frisky Friday again. (Sweet!) Since weekends often mean more time with your significant other (and the summer heat can make anyone hot and bothered), we wanted to give you some tips on how to fight fair so you can focus on what’s really important—great makeup sex. And share your own fair-fighting wisdom in the comments if you have anything to add.
If the women who are, presumably, the most knowledgeable about reproductive...– From Maren Shapiro’s “The IUD: What Do Gynecologists Know that Other Women Don’t?”, for My Health News Daily. Intrigued? So were we. The full article has lots of great info about the IUD—and we have plenty to say about it too. Do you think the lady docs are on to something?
A big day for affordable birth control →
August 1st is drawing to a close, but our excitement over birth control coverage with no co-pays/deductibles remains. Our “Get on Top” post (linked above) has more details on what the changes are all about. An excerpt: Happy hump day is an understatement. A year ago we posted about the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) decision to require new health insurance plans...
Dispatches from a College Sexpert: The Wetter the...
Summer brings to mind pools, beaches, and watching our favorite athletes go head to head for Olympic medals in massive aquatic facilities. While water (and swoon-worthy athletes) is great, it’s not the only reason why wetter can be better. So, in the Olympic spirit of striving for excellence, here are some tips I give to students about choosing and using lube. 1) Natural lubrication is...