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12 Things Married Women Do But Will Never Admit To

I spend so much time bringing my A-game when he's around that it feels a-<i>freaking</i>-mazing to do the complete opposite when I'm left to my own devices.<p>Of course, one time he came home early and caught me in the act. I was standing in the kitchen, eating ice cream with a fork, while working my holey, …

Massaging This Body Part Is Guaranteed To Help You Poop

Because constipation is a super-common complaint—up to 19 percent of us deal with it, states the study, and it strikes more women than men—researchers decided to look into alternative ways to ease that plugged-up feeling besides eating more fiber-rich foods and scoring more exercise. Pregnant women …

9 Women Share the Worst Marriage Advice They've Ever Gotten

"'Whatever he asks for, give it to him.' Um, no. Not doing that." —<i>@giromitch via Twitter</i><p>"My mother-in-law told me women are to obey their husbands and to always make sure there's a hot meal on the table when he gets home because the men are out in the fields working with their hands. Problem with …

6 Common Sex Injuries—And How to Deal

<b>The fix:</b> The reason tearing happens is that you're too dry down there, meaning the fix is pretty simple: Be sure you're lubricated enough before he enters you. "This can mean going slower during sex, or simply using lubricant," says Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., research scientist at Indiana University …

Why You Get Styes—And How to Cure Them

You could also spot a pink dot because you're one of the unlucky few whose eyelids' meibomian glands, which secrete oils, regularly get blocked. "People who have a tendency to have blocked oil in their glands are therefore at increased risk of developing these styes," says Lisa Park, M.D., clinical …

9 Things Sex Experts Really Want You To Know

<b>Sex Isn’t (and Shouldn't) Be Perfect</b><br>"We have a tendency to believe that good partners magically get it right," says sex educator Logan Levkoff, Ph.D. "That good sex isn't at all awkward and people magically know what to do with your body." Well, that’s false. Not only should sex be fun and playful, …

6 Beauty Hacks You Can Do With a Spoon

<b>Create a Winged Cat Eye</b><br>If you’re ready to finally get your winged cat eye technique down to a science, this tip is for you. Line up the spoon’s handle with your lash line, and use it as a stencil to draw a crisp upwards wing, says Miranda Mendoza of SlashedBeauty.com. Then, flip the spoon so that …

10 Fun Ways to Use a Bag of Gummy Penises

They'll make you want to send yourself some d*cks by mail.<p>Yesterday, the Internet exploded (or ejaculated?) with news of a new company called D*cks by Mail that will anonymously send a bag of gummy penises to that you-know-what in your life. It got us thinking about all of the possible things we …

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10 Things Your Vagina Wants You to Know

If those lips could talk (yep, went there), this is what they'd tell you. Read on so you can stop stressing and stay healthy.<p><b>1. Calling it your vagina is OK.</b> <br>Yes, the word "vagina" can sound weirdly formal for something that is attached to your body, but it's not Voldemort. If you need to talk to …

12 Scary Facts Your Skin Can Reveal About Your Health

<b>Yellow Eyes</b><br>Eyes that turn a shade of yellow may be due to a condition known as scleral icterus, which could possibly indicate that your liver isn't functioning properly, says dermatologist Soheil Simzar, M.D.<p><b>Eye Bags and Puffiness</b><br>High-sodium foods and a diet rich in salt can promote water retention …

9 Ridiculous Misconceptions You Can't Believe You Used to Have About Sex

<b>2. Sexual intercourse is when a guy lays on top of you.</b> Thanks to daytime soap operas, any male-on-top-of-female action—clothed or not—was what you considered sex.<p><b>3. Your chances of getting pregnant any time you have sex are 100 percent.</b> You thought babies were pretty much a given the moment you …

The 13 Worst Things About Being Pregnant

<b>The "What Do I Drink at Happy Hour?" Problem</b><br>It's before you can take a test but after the sperm might have met the egg. Do you go for the pinot or keep it safe and order a soda? Wait, are you even allowed to have caffeine?<p><b>Two Words: "Morning Sickness"</b><br>Which should be called "all-day sickness." Or …

Stop the Snore to Improve Intimacy

There is a common nighttime activity that may be hurting your love life and your health. More than a quarter of Americans recently confessed that a snoring bed partner makes them annoyed or angry, according to a new survey conducted by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). …

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Rimming, Pegging, and More: Should You Try These Daring Sex Moves?

Find out whether these moves are for you—and how to give them a try:<p><b>Rimming</b> <b><br>As seen on TV:</b> This is oral stimulation of the anus, á la Marnie Michaels in <i>Girls</i>.<p><b>Should you try it?</b> This wild move is good for women and men who already love receiving oral stimulation and don't mind or are curious about …

How Much Sex Should You Have When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant?

The answer, surprisingly, is not exactly. “The general guideline for couples with no known fertility issues who are ready to become parents is to have frequent sex, which is defined as sex every day or every other day,” says Elizabeth Fino, M.D., assistant professor of ob-gyn and reproductive …

What Your Hips Reveal About Your Sex Life

Surprisingly, they found that hip width was correlated with the total number of sexual partners, total number of one-night stands, percentage of sexual partners that were one night stands, and number of sexual partners per year of sexual activity. And the strongest association was between greater …

What To Do If You've Been Diagnosed With PCOS

<b>Q: I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and heard that some people manage it through a low-carb diet. Is that true, and should I try it?</b><p><b>A:</b> The short answer: not necessarily. But first, let’s take a step back.<p>Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormone disorder that’s estimated to affect …

8 Surprising Things You Should Never Eat if You're Trying to Lose Weight

"Low-fat" foods are actually your enemy.<p>Lots of experts say it's stupid to forbid yourself from eating certain foods — that denying yourself something you really want to eat can ultimately lead to binge eating and eventual weight gain. So dessert isn't on this list — it's OK to indulge sometimes! …

Powdered alcohol gets Washington OK

Soon you can get your hands on some Palcohol -- or powdered alcohol, for those who don't know.<p>The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved Palcohol for sale. However, spokesman Tom Hogue said despite approval at the federal level, the product is still subject to state …

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8 Insane and Ridiculous Things Women Have Used as Birth Control

If that doesn't make you feel #blessed to have the birth control of your choice at the pharmacy, check out this video of some of the most insane (and completely ineffective) things women have used as contraceptives throughout history. Get ready to cringe:<p>So we can all agree that was terrifying, but …

9 Eating Habits That Are Derailing Your Weight-Loss Efforts

<b>Exercising Sans Carbs</b><br>Low-carb foods might help some women shed a few pounds—but they'll backfire if you're kicking it in the gym. "High-intensity exercise requires carbohydrate fuel, and high-intensity training is what sculpts your body," says dietician Susan M. Kleiner, R.D., Ph.D., a scientific …

How your face betrays your personality and health

We are more than just a pretty face. It turns out the shape, size and even colour of our looks can relay some very important information about our personalities, health and sexuality. David Robson investigates.<p>You might expect a great philosopher to look past our surface into the depths of the soul …

Psychology

The Right Way to Get Rid of Earwax

So when you jam a Q-tip into your ear canal, that disrupts your skin's natural shedding process—and can actually cause your ears to make <i>more</i> wax. Plus, over time, you could push the wax back in your ear canal and create big ol' blockage that needs to be removed by your doctor, says Kim. Ick.<p>With …

19 Slang Terms for Erections, Ranked in Order of Genius

Having a hard time getting excited about the word “boner”? Here are plenty of alternatives.<p>Erections. They’re one of the most basic and important elements of sex. They’re powerful, strong, and fun to play with. So why are we so often stuck calling them “boners,” a name that makes us feel juvenile …

11 Must-Know Oral Sex Tips from Real Women

"Any time my jaw or neck needs a break, I pull back and just focus on the tip. If you have plenty of lube or saliva, you can keep pumping with your hands while you circle, lick, and suck on the tip. Best of both worlds—for both of you!" <i>—Anne G.</i><p>"There's this little spot where the shaft meets the …

8 Beauty Myths That Are Actually True

<b>Tight Buns and Ponytails Can Make Your Hair Fall Out</b><br>Any hairstyle that causes tension by pulling at the scalp and root can lead to scarring hair loss, which means it's not going to grow back. Sub out your regular topknot with one of these loose, pretty hairstyles to save your strands.<p><b>Rubbing Your</b> …

You may be your germs: Microbe genes slipped into human DNA, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Evolutionary diagrams usually connect humans and monkeys with common primate ancestors, but now, scientists say there's a missing link that deserves a spot on that family tree -- our bacteria, fungi, and viruses.<p>Though most of our genes come from primate ancestors, many of them slipped into …

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19 Foods That Aren't Actually Food

Bottom line: Even though you can buy these foods at the grocery store, that doesn't mean you should. Find out how many ingredients it takes to make a fake blueberry—and see what else made our list to find out what should stay off of yours.<p><b>Pasteurized Cheese Snack</b><br>Cheese faking is an art nearly as …

Circumcised v. Uncircumcised: 4 Things You Should Know

<b>2. How HEALTHY it Is</b> <b><br>Uncut:</b> Cleanliness takes an extra moment (rolling back the foreskin to suds up), but even then, "the uncircumcised foreskin has certain cells that bacteria can attach to," says Harry Fisch, M.D., author of The New Naked. <b><br>Cut:</b> Studies done in Africa report that circumcised …