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Breastfeed? How to Make the Switch from Birth Control to Condoms

This August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month- a time to empower and support women who have committed to breastfeed. The practice provides many health benefits to a mom and her baby, which is all the more reason mothers should take special care of themselves during this time. Choosing an appropriate birth control is often an important part of this process. Doctors recommend an IUD or the "mini-pill" (a progestin-only birth control) starting right after birth.  For many reasons, another popular option during breastfeeding is condoms because 1) it's non-hormonal; 2) in your new, sleep deprived schedule you don't have to keep track and adhere to taking a pill everyday at a specific time; and 3) it's inexpensive and, with no prescription required, it's hassle free! Considering … [Read More...]

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Is My Penis Size Normal?

Melissa White, CEO of Lucky Bloke once said, “Size does matter, but not in the way you might think.” She was referring to the importance of wearing the right size condom. In order to have more pleasurable and reliable safe sex, you need to know what condoms fit your penis size. Beyond that, size really […]

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7 Condoms That even a Condom Skeptic would Love

These Sexy Condoms Will Completely Revolutionize Your Time In Bed! Guaranteed.  Are you someone who hates condoms or has a partner that struggles with condom use? You’re not alone. In her Global Condom Review, Melissa White, CEO of Lucky Bloke, found that most people are unaware that condoms come in different sizes and shapes. Hence, […]

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I’m Trans. Do I Need Birth Control?

All pregnancies require 4 things to get going: a uterus, an egg, a sperm, and for the egg and sperm to come together.   Just like cis-gendered people, not all trans people use birth control to prevent pregnancy. There are important things to consider before waging your chances of getting pregnant. As Juno Obedin-Malvier, MD, […]

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Call for Guest Contributors!

Would you like to be a guest writer for SaferSex.Education? Are you an expert in the field of sexual health? Does your work contribute to a better informed, sex-positive world? We are seeking accurate, entertaining, informative articles on the topics of safer sex practices and sexual well-being. We accept both syndicated content and original guest […]

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Why Your ‘Signature Move’ Doesn’t Work for all Women

It’s a common problem. Maybe mainstream sex advise magazines are to blame, but all too often people assume that those “5 Tongue Tricks” they read about in Cosmopolitan will work for every sex partner, every time. The fact is, everyone is different. As Kate McComb writes, there is no universal best way to please all […]

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Some Lubes are Safer for Anal Sex

Educators have long recommended silicone lube for anal play. However, many also insist on using more low-cost, drug store-available water-based lubricants because water-based is compatible with all types of condoms. The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (The CSPH) reports on a pair of studies that found that silicone lubricant may actually be an all-around […]

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Which of These 4 Types of Female Condoms Is Right For You?

There are hundreds of condom options for penis protection available today, ranging in condom size, material, texture, flavors and more. When it comes to the receptive partner, however, there is only one option. The FC2 is the only internal or female condom approved by the FDA and available for purchase. (We use the common term […]

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When Sex Is Just A Bummer

Have you recently had a sex experience that was less than fulfilling? Sex bummers can put a real strain on your emotional well being. But as Heather Corrina explains, they don’t have to be that way. In this article, Heather offers new and helpful perspective on sex faux pas that can make you thankful for […]

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What Lube Should I Use?

Confused about personal lube? Should you use lube? Which ones should you choose? What are the different types? What is best matched with condoms?  All the answers are made easy and accessible by sex educators Kate McCombs and Louise Bourchier in their video below. They explain why you should use lube, the different types of […]

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How She Made a Condom Hater a Condom Lover

The folks at Condom Monologues share an all too familiar story: You’re in the heat of the moment. Amazing sex is about to begin. So you reach for a condom. But just as you’re about to strap it on your man, he goes limp. The lustful moment swiftly plummets to awkwardness. What do you do? […]

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Seductive At Any Size

Every woman, whether she knows it or not, is a seductress. What is a “Sacred Seductress”? According to sex coach and writer, Kitty Cavalier, every woman- no matter her size, height, race, abilities, etc.- possesses the power of seduction. To be “sexy” comes from confidence in one’s self. Sexiness is knowing that you are “perfectly […]

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Breaking the Hush Factor: A New Book for Talking to Teens about Sex

A new book that teaches adults how to have meaningful discussions about sex with teenagers. Breaking the Hush Factor: Ten Rules for Talking to Teens about Sex is not your typical parenting book. It’s for parents and other adults with teenagers in their lives. It offers practical advice that is purposely inclusive of all genders […]

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4 Apps for Tracking Your Fertility

One of the oldest contraceptive methods is making a big comeback these days. About 22 percent of women use fertility awareness methods (FAMs) according to the CDC, and that figure is increasing every year. More and more women are dropping condoms and the Pill, and picking up new apps that help track their fertility cycle. In […]

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How to Safely Have Sex with a Yeast Infection

“My girlfriend sometimes has yeast infections.  Is it bad to have unprotected sex?” This question was posed to the CSPH (the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health) as part of their weekly Q&A series. It is a common misunderstanding that sex causes yeast infections. The fact is that sex alone is not the culprit. However, […]

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5 Myths About the Pull-Out Method, Corrected

The pull-out method (also known as “withdrawal” or “coitus interruptus”) involves the one with the penis to pull-out before he ejaculates. Health professionals do consider this a true method of birth control. Did you know that if the pull-out method is done correctly every time, it is almost as effective as using condoms to prevent […]

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Condom Love: Find Out How Amazing Safer Sex Can Be…

You’ve probably been told how to use a condom but have you ever been told how to choose a condom? It’s not a one-size-fits-all proposition. There are sizes, shapes, materials, flavors, lubes- oh my! Melissa White, CEO of Lucky Bloke, to the rescue! She explains everything you need to know, from size to shape, from […]

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Wanted: Men Who’d Benefit From a Snug Condom

Tired of condoms that slip and slide? Lucky Bloke can help! If you find condoms bought at the local drugstore too loose or baggy and often slip around, you are likely part of the 35% of men who require a smaller condom. This statistic may surprise you, but the fact is only 15% of men […]

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4 STI Myths That Get In The Way of a Healthier Sex Life

Think you know everything you need to know about STIs? You might be surprised. There is a lot of misinformation about sexual health and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) running amok. You’ve probably heard some of them (such as the myth that you can get an STI from a toilet seat). Here is Jenelle Marie, founder […]

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Sex School: Condoms = Cancer? Uh, No. (Part 3).

We’ve spoken out against the condom company, Sustain’s irresponsible marketing ploy which insinuates that many condoms cause cancer. The truth is there is no scientific evidence that any condoms are laden with harmful carcinogens. Now the greater sex education community is standing up against Sustain condoms.  The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (the CSPH) has […]

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Condoms Breaking? You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

National Condom Week 2015 is here! From Feb. 14th to Feb. 21st, we are celebrating by providing a new article every day by prominent sexual health advocates focused on condom use and education. Here is Heather Corrina, sex educator and founder of Scarleteen, discussing the common reasons why condoms break. The truth is that condom […]

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WE NEED YOU: Join the #LustforLife Campaign

The #LustforLife Campaign shines a spotlight on the fact that nearly 70% of the 50,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. each year occur in urban communities. In fact, HIV prevalence in low-income urban areas throughout the U.S. is similar to that of countries where USAID has declared HIV epidemics. Among heterosexual people in urban […]

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What Is Cis-Gender?

Gender identity is one of those overlooked concepts in sex education and yet is a basic part of our sexual lives. It influences how we dress, what roles we play in relationships and, to a large extent, what we’re attracted to sexually. So why not incorporate discussions of gender identity within the framework of safer […]

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When to get Tested for STIs/STDs

Did you know that when you’ve been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) there is a duration of time in which the infection cannot be detectable through testing? This is referred to as the window period. During this window period, the infected person can pass on the STI to others. This is why, when […]

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Wetter Is Better: How to Choose the Right Lube

Natural lubrication is commonly believed to happen biologically for all women, all the time. In actuality, many women (and men) find that a little extra lube is worth the investment. Melissa White, CEO of Lucky Bloke, explains the “what” and “why” of the various lubricants available. Don’t miss her helpful video! This article is meant […]

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How To Choose the Best Condoms for You (and Your Partner)!

When it comes to condom information, how do you know which are the best condoms? There exists thousands of variation that explain the same, step-by-step instructions of how to open a condom package, put it on, and dispose of the condom. Unfortunately, very few people learn anything else beyond that. This short-sighted approach allows for […]

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Drink and Be Merry: How to Party Safer

Due to many factors involved when it comes to heavy drink and party safety, one can be guaranteed complete security from STI and pregnancy prevention, or even communicating consent properly. However, it is not simply enough to say, “Don’t have sex when you are drunk.” In real life, sometimes when people party it can lead […]

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How to Tell a Sex Partner I Have an STD

A prerequisite to loving, healthy sexual partnership is trust and honesty. Thus, it is important for you and your sex partner to talk about your STI history and status (if one of you don’t know your status, why not get tested together?). Initiating disclosure can feel worrisome. How may you do it in a way […]

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5 Ways to Have Hot (and Super Safe) Sex with Your Partner

Think you know everything about condoms? Condom use is basic, right? Just check the expiry date, unwrap and roll on. Well, according to Lucky Bloke’s Global Condom Review, most people aren’t equipped with important condom know-how that impacts how good a condom feels. As Melissa White, CEO of Lucky Bloke explains below, the majority of […]

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Should I Let My Teen’s Boyfriend Sleep Over?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions sex educator, Dr. Karen Rayne receives from parents. Most American parents are squeamish and concerned about their teens having sex. The thought of teen sex “under the parent’s roof” is even more unappealing. But Dr. Rayne argues that allowing teen “sleep overs” may actually open the […]