How Safe And Effective Are Condoms?

Condoms come in various shapes, sizes and flavours, and are usually made of latex. They are widely regarded as cheaper in comparison to other forms of contraception. Male condoms stop sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg while restricting skin-to-skin interaction and contact with genital fluids. As such, they are the only form of contraception that helps prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted diseases. But how safe and effective are they? Here, we take a closer look […]

How to keep sex going over Christmas

Image credit: Instagram/@oliviadbuck The festive season is fast approaching and that means there's a lot of work to be done between now and the big day in order to get ready. However, all this rushing around and then the prospect of hosting family members in whatever rooms you have a spare bed might also mean that the possibility of you and your partner having sex starts to dwindle. What can you do to ensure you don't have a frustrating dry spell in December and can instead keep the intimacy […]

Nice men have more sex than scoundrels

Image: iStock/pixedeli Han Solo might famously have dismissed the idea of Princess Leia liking 'nice men', but a new study has discovered that her protests were probably true. Or, at least, it has found that nice men tend to have more sex than scoundrels. A team at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia researched 3,000 men and 1,500 women to analyse the data from their online dating profiles. It was found that the men who enjoyed the most sex tended to display personality traits […]

Andrea McLean opens up about post-menopause sex

Image: devonyu via iStock The menopause is one of those things that we Brits aren't too brilliant at talking frankly about. We call it 'the change' as though it's some kind of mutation in a superhero film, and it's seen as taboo to discuss it in polite conversation. But it's something that will affect every woman - and with some going through the menopause relatively early in life (sometimes even in their twenties), isn't it time all this changed to reflect modern society? Shouldn't we be […]

'No such thing as normal', concludes study on vulvas

Image: grinvalds via iStock Women should not get hung up on whether or not their vagina looks like other people's - because there is absolutely no such thing as normal, according to the results of a new study. Researchers at Lucerne Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland assessed 657 women between the ages of 15 and 84 over the course of two years. They took a number of measurements, including length of the labia majora and labia minora, distance between clitoris and urethra and length of the […]

Sad stats show women not satisfied by sex

Image: iStock/YakobchukOlena A new poll has discovered that a surprising number of people in Britain are not satisfied with their sex lives - but may be putting up and shutting up instead of doing something about it. The research was carried out by Public Health England (PHE) on 7,367 women aged 16 to 64, who were quizzed about their sexual health and general wellbeing. It was found that across all ages, 42 per cent of respondents reported being unhappy with their sex lives, with 25 to […]

Spouse annoying you? Here's how to get that spark back...

Image: iStock/pixedeli Anyone in a long-term relationship will surely agree that it's hardly all sunshine and rainbows all the time. In fact, there might be days when you can barely stand to look at each other, let alone feel a desire to rip each other's clothes off and jump into bed together. If you've been feeling a little bit glum about your partner lately and want to get that old spark back, then you might be interested to hear the results from a rather unusual psychological study into […]

Vagina ice pops are being recommended to new mums

Image credit: iStock/merc67 Giving birth is one of the most stressful things a female body can do and it isn't a case of it all being over once the baby arrives. After giving birth vaginally, women can experience a lot of pain, swelling and bruising, which can be uncomfortable for a while. But now there could be a simple way to provide some relief after birth. Vagina ice pops for new mums are the latest trend that could help reduce pain and swelling, allowing them to enjoy getting to know […]

Is hot tub sex all it's cracked up to be?

Image credit: iStock/oneinchpunch It's billed as one of the most romantic places to get intimate, after all, there's nothing better than a Jacuzzi, a couple of glasses of champagne and a starlit evening, right? While it may look great in the movies, hot tub sex may not be all it's made out to be. While sitting back in a hot steamy tub with your significant other may sound like heaven, it's probably a good idea not to take things any further. Gynaecologist Diana Hoppe spoke to Men's Health […]

What condom mistakes are you making?

Image credit: iStock/Denis Raev Condoms are pretty easy right? Well, you might think that, but you could actually be making a whole host of mistakes when it comes to your protection. This may not seem like a big deal, after all, if a condom still works what's the problem? But the more mistakes you make, the less effective your rubber is. In fact, you can make a mistake with your condom even before you've made it to the bedroom, putting you at risk of contracting STIs and of unwanted pregnancy. […]