Sex 101 | The Basics

Find out if you're at risk due to underlying conditions or unsafe practices.

This act reduces STI and pregnancy risk, but you should still do research and take precautions.

Consider the fun—and the possible complications—of having a brief sexual encounter.

Labels and rules given to you early on can affect your perception of who you really are.

Once a day, once a week, once a month or any other frequency are all normal.

From that first sensuous caress, your hormones are in overdrive to keep the good times rolling.

If sex causes feelings of guilt and shame, it's time for an honest self-appraisal.

You may not want sex until you're actually having it, but that's not a sign of a problem.

Don't feel weird if you cry after sex or have period-like cramps. Many people do.

From the unconscious to the Oedipus complex, are the pioneer's revelations still important?

A voyage through the back door can end in fertilization, but only if semen takes a detour.

After ejaculating, most men need some time before they're ready to go again.

Let's distinguish fact from fiction throughout this popular sex toy's rise to the mainstream.

Meet therapists who provide hands-on exercises to help you feel more comfortable with sex.

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The female sex drive is very different from men's and should be approached accordingly.

Urologist Kelly Casperson tells women (and their partners) how to live their best sex lives.

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How aging and relationships to sex may change over time.

Therapist and author Ian Kerner talks 'sex scripts' and intimacy therapy.

Your love life will be different, just like everything else in this new stage of life.

It's time to unlearn prioritizing men's sexual gratification over your own.

Perhaps we should be urging peace by communalizing sex like our promiscuous primate relatives.

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Live as your authentic self and find the therapy and services that actually help you.

Resources are scant, but the advice is plentiful, and greener choices are available.

Take the guesswork out of the fine art of oral.

Creativity doesn't have to take a back seat to pleasure.

Can a handful of herbs and amino acids give you results like a porn star? I decided to find out.

The ins and outs of the field have a real impact on which service you should seek.

These misguided beliefs around intimacy can lead to unfulfilling sexual relationships.

From semen for teeth whitening to Coca-Cola for contraception, what are the facts?

A lack of liquid can have serious side effects on your sexual health.

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Things may be starting to slow down, but your sex life can still be wonderful.

Delaying orgasm can help you reach the limit of sexual pleasure—and then shoot past it.

Erotic visions can teach us about our deepest desires if we let them—or they can be meaningless.

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Our body and mind experience and react to sex differently as we age. But it's not all bad.

The 'female prostate' may play a role in female ejaculation, among other things.

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It tends to get really good when people reach their 40s. But health issues can get in the way.

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So you're not a teenager anymore, but you still got it. Right?

Modern sex-positive gatherings are much different, and likely safer, than blasts from the past.

Impulsivity, difficulty focusing and emotional dysregulation are just the start.

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Communication, grounding strategies and time will help you rediscover your sexual self.

Virginity is a social construct we should probably have in our rear-view mirror by now.

Whether giving or receiving, here are the facts to do things safely.

Not wanting to be touched sexually is a valid boundary worthy of respect.

Staying connected after sex can improve the experience as a whole.

There shouldn't be shame associated with any kind of sex, from wild to mild.

Listen to their words; they may help you get in touch with your sexuality and fantasies.

Neurodiverse minds encourage an unconventional approach to intimacy.

When you recoil at the rustle of a condom wrapper, how do you stay in the moment?

Don’t fear the worst. There are many other ways to express love, affection and ecstasy.

A breakdown of the many options.

If you can't isolate, follow these tips to have safer sex during an infection.

Your body says one thing, but your brain is saying something else—it's natural but inconvenient.

Businesses love it, but customers are conflicted.

Tips for kickstarting copulation for the shy and self-conscious.

You'll have to consider your safety, if you can first get past the weird factor.

Sexual health experts weigh in on what causes men's sex drives to change throughout their lives.

Thanks to the pandemic, more of us are feeling less horny.

Prostitutes, porn and Edward VII's sinful chair: How the Victorians were hornier than you think.

No, you're not imagining it—dry spells can affect your mental and physical well-being.

To ensure a better sex life for everyone, society must evolve past patriarchal views.

The actress opened up about sex, fertility and what she wants to teach her teen daughters.

The way you shake it at the club may actually be a biological phenomenon.

What's really going on in our brains when we're busy getting it on?

When overthinking gets in the way of intimacy, it's time to take a step back.

Too much cuddling or sweet talk outside the bedroom might throw cold water on your relationship.

Tantra can improve your relationships, revitalizing your sexual and nonsexual chemistry.

Having sex can be a great stress reliever, but it may not solve your problems.

Learn how to put your best foot forward—each and every time.

A slang expert helps illuminate some of the best (and worst) sexual innuendos over the years.

Communicating your turnoffs can make sex a lot less awkward.

No penetration, no problem. If pain gets in the way of your pleasure, find an alternate route.

Your craving is about much more than just being deprived of physical contact.

Instagram's That Gay Butt Stuff Doctor Carlton offers the anal analysis you need.

You're not a failure if you don't climax. There are much more important qualities to consider.

'Teaching other people about sex helped me realize I needed a break from it.'

More than 'zoning out,' dissociative episodes can prevent intimacy and pleasure.

Post-coital cleanings can feel good, but some experts question if they're necessary.

You met, you're dating, it's going well—is it time to get intimate?

Want to be prepared for penetration? Here's what to choose from for protection and pleasure.

With so many nerve endings, proper stimulation creates 'incredible sensations from head to toe.'

Stress impacts your level of sexual desire, but it may do so differently for men and women.

Celibacy has been redefined and is more prevalent than society recognizes.

While sex declined for many, others got more creative, studies show.

If your birth control lowers your sex drive, take these measures to counteract.

It's a vague diagnosis, but if your low libido is disrupting your life, it may be worth a check.

And why sleeping with a post-sex partner can create a big divide.

Cold, hard technology is heating up—with great results.

Interested in a three-way? Learn the basics before diving into bed with your partner, plus one.

Sex can be a bit more complicated than all you learned in school and from 'the talk.'

Healing after sexual trauma is not straightforward, but it is possible.

There’s a time & place for your furry friend to be in the bedroom.

This is how four people handle wandering thoughts during intimate moments.

Let's set the record straight on how it 'should' be done.

The metabolic process affects how you process food and plays a role in a healthy libido.

An intimate night shouldn't leave your vagina feeling like it survived a high-intensity workout.

The biggest surprises were…well, just read on and you might be quite surprised, too.

Understanding your and your partner's sexuality is a path to a deeper connection of intimacy.

Speedy sex can be thrilling, but faster isn't always better.

And it has nothing to do with your (or your partner's) performance.

When occasional sexual disinterest or discomfort becomes persistent, it may signal dysfunction.

Biting during heightened periods of arousal isn’t only normal: it’s an innate, natural reaction.

Why getting laid in the A.M. may help jump-start your day.

Having less sex does not have to be part of the natural order of aging.

You’re not a whippersnapper anymore! But there’s still time (and ways) to roll in the hay.

While men may give their foreskin little thought, it can be a source of confusion for women.

Our vagina guide covers the ins and outs of lady parts. Learn how to make the vagina happy.

Sex starts way before intercourse—even before anyone’s clothes come off.

Feel too old for sex? You may be under the wrong impression. Sex can still be great as you age.

Recognizing, managing and preventing stress will help you make the most of your love life.

Sex changes as you age, but it still can be just as fulfilling as it was when you were younger.

Romance novels make it appear sex should last all day. What does the data say?

Talking through your sexual insecurities is good for the soul and the best way to overcome them.

The male reproductive system includes many components and you want all of them working properly.