It's hard to imagine the words "free" and "birth control" being in the same sentence, especially to the women who have spent years paying upwards of $30 for their montly pills. Yet, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which deals exclusively with women's and reproductive issues, has released a new report that suggests birth control could soon be free and accessible for all American women.
If you are a woman you can relate to the fact then many men always seem “on.” They may work all day, come home exhausted, but if you mention sex, most of them are ready and raring to go. Women are not like this. We need time to make a transition into sexy. A big mistake many couples with small children make is on date night, if dinner is set for 7p.m. they have the sitter come at 6:30 or 6:45. The date may feel hurried, tense, and doesn’t usually end with both people feeling relaxed and amorous.
With all the amazing, elaborate wedding options to choose from out there—the venue, the cake, the dress etc. it’s sometimes hard not to go over budget. However, an easy way to save money is doing your own makeup for the big day. What’s not so easy, however, is still managing to look absolutely fabulous. Luckily, Fox News iMag proves it can be done.
For most of the working world, the blaring of the alarm clock isn't a happy sound. So why not turn that rude awakening into an erotic opportunity with a roll in the 400-thread-count hay? After all, scientists say that people who start their days by having sex are all-around healthier and happier than those who don't. "Having sex in the morning releases the feel-good chemical oxytocin, which makes couples feel loving and bonded all day long," says Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., author of Because It Feels Good. It makes you stronger and more beautiful too: Morning sex can strengthen your immune system for the day by enhancing your levels of IgA, an antibody that protects against infection. And climaxing releases chemicals that boost levels of estrogen, which improves the tone and texture of your skin and hair. Want to max out the morning love? Follow these tips:
The good people at Women's Health have gifted us with a handy guide to having hot sex every single day of your menstrual cycle. As your hormones fluctuate throughout the month, how you like to have sex and how often you orgasm are factors that change dramatically.
It's time to get a little creative when it comes to the least creative sex position in the book: We're looking at you, missionary. Women's Health has come up with six spot-on techniques to make sure you rock this one out. Never have we seen so much detail dedicated to making man-on-top exciting again.
Like margaritas, sex can be even better when experienced al fresco. "Having sex outside awakens the senses," says Sandor Gardos, Ph.D., a sex therapist and the founder of MyPleasure.com. "Feeling the breeze on your skin, smelling the freshly cut grass—stimuli are very erotic." Plus, the fear of getting caught can add a thrill.
You don't have to freeze your eggs to find love, but you may need to adjust your outlook. "Dating success relies on you embracing your life, even if it's not exactly the life you had planned," says Michelle Callahan, Ph.D., a Women's Health contributor and author of Ms. Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success. "Radiating self-assurance makes people want to join you for the ride." Read on for tricks to cultivate that vibe.
We'll say it: After you've been with your S.O. for a fair amount of time, the glow wears off just a bit. You no longer feel like jumping him wherever there's a flat surface and your sex life isn't always super-steamy. If you're not careful, the word "monogamy" will eventually become synonymous with "ho-hum." But, that doesn't have to happen! There are totally ways to keep the fire o' love burning for a very long while. The fine people at Men's Health and Women's Health have a few fabulous tips to make lust last in their Big Book of Sex. Here, we let you in on some of our favorites.
In honor of Women's History Month, we salute 15 women who changed the way we live and love. Who would you add to the list?
What ever happened to your well-rounded nice tight behind? When did it turn into this lumpy thing that sort of just hangs there? You're in decent shape. Or you thought you were, until summer hit and putting on your bathing suit woke you up to the horror of your backside. You're appalled. When did this happen? Yesterday you were 25, and today you're 102. Or so it seems from the looks of your butt. Now what? There's no way you can firm that thing up in 2 weeks, if ever. You're even considering buying one of those miracle creams they advertise on the TV at 2 o'clock in the morning – you know, the ones guaranteed to make you look 16 again with just one application. If only . . . What to do? You're not into plastic surgery, and you don't want to go to the beach in a caftan!
I am writing this in desperation. I have always thought of myself as a smart, strong woman and recently my entire self image is falling apart before me. I am finally at a point where my career is starting to give me back all the energy I've put into it over the years, but it looks like my love life is insisting on going in the opposite direction. I have had two relationships in the last 6 months. The first lasted 4 months, which I ended not a moment too soon (and probably quite a few too late) realizing that we couldn't be less compatible. It was a luke warm relationship at the best of times so I'd be lying to say that I missed anything more than the habit. Maybe I'm still lying to myself about that because the rebound I had was a torrid affair. It was someone I met online after midnight, only 12 days later -hardly a classy first date. I guess I deserved what was to come. We had what felt like an amazing connection and talked till dawn (5 hours!), and then of course, had amazing sex. It was everything sex with my ex was not, and I drank it like a parched woman. The thing is, a few hours into this mind blowing affair, he started getting more and more demanding about ejaculating inside me, which I of course, refused. However, as his insistence grew, my resistance, for some reason waned, and I found myself bargaining with him instead of walking off in a huff like I should have. He eventually produced a print out of his latest STD testing (3 months ago), which showed he was completely clean. At least to the main things that came to mind at the time. I eventually succumbed (I wasn't even on the pill at the time) and a month of a strange tug-of-war relationship ensued. During this time he began to divulge more information about himself, including the fact that he is facing a jail sentence for assault and that he was incarcerated for psychosis for a few days. Also that he was given meds he stopped taking. Upon questioning he said he was diagnosed with "Bipolar Disorder". He talked about a woman "raping" him with whom he has 2 children, in another state. he also had this strange fascination with getting me pregnant against my will which I of course did not indulge. I know WHY on Earth would any woman in her right mind hang around to see how this plays out? I really truly should and do know better, have ran miles in the opposite direction for much fainter whiffs of dangerous men, yet this time I had a strange compulsion to stay. I think the fact that I was depressed and alone when we met helped forge this fake bond that kept feeding my imagination that we somehow have a connection only we understood. At some point this month he sold his condo and it was all I could do to prevent him from moving in with me. His answer to this was after using my apartment "to store" a lot of his things he completely ignored me for a week. Now don't get me wrong I am not a needy woman but his attitude was completely "oh your sole reason for breathing is so I can talk to you about this highly complicated move". It really wasn't that complicated, but whatever. Moreover the last time I saw him we had rough anal sex (I use the word "we" here very loosely) and he walked out. Anyway, during that week I had gotten tested again for STD's (he did too), I know we got it backwards normally people get those tests then take step 2 but I plead temporary insanity. His tests were fine but mine unfortunately showed that I was a carrier of Hepatitis B. He was thankfully immune to this already so I didn't give him anything, but when I tearfully called him to explain my results his only answer was "oh so I guess no fucking around huh?" and then moved on to talk about his apartment! This after a week of being treated like a doormat pushed me over the edge and I broke up with him on the phone, to which his response was "ok cool" and hung up. The moment of crowning charm was 3 days later when he texted me that "he is now available" and would I like to go for dinner?!!! Really??! Now my absolutely favorite moment of this entire story, 3 days post official break-up (10 excruciating days post above mentioned episode of anal sex), the pain suddenly becomes even worse and I develop a fever! I had fever and chills for 3 days with headaches, muscle pains, and horrible anal pain that I thought was still due to the aftermath of the anal sex. I finally took a look in the mirror to see what was happening and realized that I had an outbreak of vesicles all around the perianal area, typical of herpes. This happened only an hour ago and I am still in shock. I just found out I had Hepatitis B and anal herpes in the same week! I want to cry and shout at the same time and laugh all at the same time. To boot I am still trying to get him to take all his things out of my apartment! I really don't know where to begin wrapping my head around all of this. I have never felt more along (I recently moved here from far away) and it seems like my fresh start is exploding in my face. Its all I can do now to pray for my sanity.
Unfortunately, but maybe not surprisingly, the rate of infidelity is on the rise among men and women under the age of 35, according to a study at the University of Washington Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors. While men admitted to cheating at a rate of 20 percent, the women were not too far behind in how often they stepped out on their man as 15 percent reported cheating in their marriage.
A crummy new trend is emerging for newly weds: infidelity. Women's Health mentions a small, growing trend of men cheating within the first year of marriage. A part of this infidelity is ascribed to uncertainty about the future and it's possible that all of the focus on the wedding and the honeymoon has shortchanged any planning for the real happily ever after.