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You may recall my relationship spring cleaning show from earlier this year, about knowing when it’s time to call it quits. Well today’s podcast is all about what comes after the breakup!

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81dfc91a9f285173d1e26291a2f10fd6If you’re sexually active, there’s a good chance you’ve heard these dreaded four little words:

“You should get tested.”

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are definitely the LAST things you want to be thinking about when getting hot and heavy, whether it comes up pre-or post-play. But with 110 million Americans infected at any given time, chances are you’ve felt that pang, knowing something isn’t quite right down there. And as awkward and uncomfortable (literally) as STIs can be, living with one that is undiagnosed is infinitely worse. Continue Reading

Bedroom MythbustersSex is instinctual for most living creatures. Except for certain exceptions like salmon, seahorses and single-celled organisms, sex is the foundation of survival for most species. As human beings, we’re lucky to have also evolved into a mental capacity for actual sexual enjoyment. With it being such an important and central part of our identity as a species, you would think that we’d be experts, right? WRONG. Continue Reading

81dfc91a9f285173d1e26291a2f10fd6Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Infections… Just reading the phrase feels uncomfortable. We are conditioned at a young age to believe that STDs are one of the worst things that can happen to us and that if we catch one, our love lives are over. They are intimidating to talk about and are commonly misunderstood.

Having an STD is not a dating death sentence. Plus, all STDs are different; the bacterial ones are curable or treatable, while only a few (the viral ones) are incurable. They all have different symptoms that have different effects on our bodies, while some might not even display symptoms at all. And have I mentioned how common they actually are? According to the American Social Health Organization, one out of four teens in the U.S becomes infected with an STD each year. By the age of 25, half of all sexually active young adults may contract an STD. Continue Reading

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 1.42.48 PMCondoms are ubiquitous. When it comes to preventing sexually transmitted infections (and pregnancies), condoms are usually the first choice. After all, they are inexpensive, easy to get, and good at their job—most of the time.

Using a condom during intercourse can be up to 98 percent effective in preventing the spread of STIs. But condoms are only as good as their users. When used incorrectly or inconsistently, condoms can be rendered completely ineffective.  Continue Reading

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 11.24.24 PMWhether you’re packing up to return to dorm life or have graduated to the school of life, there’s no argument that there are plenty of things left to learn, both in and out of the bedroom. This month, we’re going to be taking it way back to the basics of real-life sex ed: knowing exactly what you like and gearing up with what you need to get there.

True this class doesn’t come with syllabus, there’s no set course description to guide your way, but lucky you – You are going to get a list of required materials to help you get an A+ (and not just for effort).  Continue Reading

collegehookupsbedAs someone who just recently put college in her rearview mirror (okay, it was two years ago, but still…) this time of year still hits me with a wave of nostalgia.

In grade school, September brought with it the memories of pencil boxes, crisp white notebook paper and the mandatory Lisa Frank trapper-keeper (don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about). Now, I can’t breathe in the crisp autumn air without picturing Orientation Week keg parties, late night dorm room hangouts and the sea of strangers that I would soon call my lovers and friends. Continue Reading

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