Anonymous: On what placebo pill do girls start their period? I just had sex with my new boyfriend for the first time last week. We used condoms, and I’m on the pill. I have taken 4 placebo pills already. I’m spotting, but my period isn’t coming, and I’m having heart attacks. I keep getting told by friends that a lot of them don’t start their periods till the last placebo and going onto the new pack of birth control. Am I worrying over nothing?
If you just started taking birth control, then it might take awhile for your body to regulate to the hormones. Your starting date depends on a number of factors like your own body’s natural menstrual cycle, the type of pill you are on, and diet. With my birth control (Sprintec), I usually menstruate by the third day of placebo pills. You should not be worried. You had protected sex and are taking an oral contraceptive.
If you continue to never have a period on birth control, or it becomes irregular, then I suggest you see your doctor. S/he may want to switch you to a contrapcetive with different hormone levels in order to better accommodate your body.
Just out of curiosity, what does Dr. Bronner's taste like? I've used it as laundry detergent, but never toothpaste...
Did any of you happen to catch Independent Lens on Monday night? They aired a great documentary called Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, all about the history of Wonder Woman and female superheroes. Me, being the comic book fan that I am, loved every minute of it. They interviewed lots of notable women, including Gloria Steinem, Gail Simone, Kathleen Hanna, and adorable little comic book fangirls. In addition to Wonder Woman, the doc also discusses other strong television heroines like Buffy Summers and Xena. I highly recommend you give it a viewing.
You can stream the program in its entirety here on the PBS website until June 14.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
My sister sent me this Playtex Fresh + Sexy Intimate Wipes advertisement she she found in her recent issue of Glamour magazine. The tagline reads, “A clean beaver always finds more wood.” The copy at the bottom says, “Introducing new Fresh+Sexy wipes by Playtex. The before and after intimate wipes that get you ready for whatever comes next. CLEAN WHERE IT COUNTS.” According to Playtex’s website, these wipes marketed for men and women are “specifically designed for use before and after sexual activity – so you can feel confidently clean and ready for whatever comes next.”
Readers, I just want to tell you there’s nothing wrong with a quick splash of water and toilet paper. We all know quickies happen and can be quite the turn-on, but being fresh out of a bedroom romp doesn’t mean you’re dirty “WHERE IT COUNTS” (or any other place for that matter). You don’t need to wipe yourself with a mixture of citric acid, fragrance, and propylene glycol. You smell just fine. Save your $7.50 and buy some Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap instead. That stuff is so natural — I’ve even brushed my teeth with it.
fresh + sexy wipes
fresh + sexy
Anonymous: Hi, I’m a straight female, and I recently started having sex with a guy who is uncircumcised. I’ve heard a lot of negative connotation about uncircumcised sex, how its dirty and easier to get diseases. Is it really all that bad?
No no no no no no no — there is nothing wrong or dirty about an uncircumcised penis. They work the same as circumcised ones and serve the same purposes in life. You have nothing to worry about.
Addendum: As hallowsbethyname pointed out, by “clean”, I mean hygienically and with a partner who you trust has been tested recently since sleeping with you and always practices safe sex.
Do you have a certain tag where there are the sex ed censorship issue posts?? i'm giving a speech on it.
“I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.” Willie Nelson on gay marriage, read the whole exclusive interview on texasmonthly.com! #willie #gaymarriage #humanrights Photograph by Gary Miller (at Texas Monthly)
Can I just say that the positive changes the US is undergoing is incredible? I’m shocked at how fast we’ve changed in since my mom came out in the 90s. As a small, awkward, shy, and insecure adolescent with a gay mom, I tried my damnedest to make sure no one at school knew about my unique family. Now it’s 2013, and people are heading out in droves to support marriage equality — no matter their sexual orientation or family makeup. No matter the outcome of the events at the Supreme Court, I just want to say thank you for becoming more tolerant and accepting. You’re making shy and awkward kids from families like mine extremely proud.
A 2001 study published in The Journal of Sex Research found 317 different slang terms used by men and women to describe the vagina. The most common were cunt, fanny, pussy, vagina, muff, beaver, twat, minge, vag, and snatch, and many others fell under different semantic categories such as gender, plant, animal, and money. It’s no wonder some people giggle before they utter the word “vagina.” There are tons of euphemisms and catch-phrases we can use to avoid the v-word all together.
“Ask me about my boundaries. Ask me about my desires.”
Communication is sexy!
The Steubenville coverage has shown we clearly still need to have this conversation. Might as well instigate it with adorable kitten tea towels.