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7 Side Effects to Prepare for Before You Get the Mirena IUD

IUDs are incredibly effective at preventing pregnancy—but they can also mess with your body.<p>1 You’ll probably experience some cramping<p>The actual IUD insertion process only takes about 5 minutes and it will most likely be accompanied by some cramping (similar to what you feel during your period), …

Women's Health

I’m an Abortion Provider in a State with Limited Women’s Health Care. And I’m Anxious.

A Planned Parenthood director reveals the worries of her colleagues—and patients—as the makeup of the Supreme Court is about to change.<p><i>by</i><p>I am proud …

Planned Parenthood

Here's Why It's OK to be Too Tired for Sex (Sometimes)

You’re tired and don’t want to have sex. It’s the start of a "vicious" cycle you've been warned about regularly, right? You get tired, you don’t want to have sex, you never have sex again, you get divorced. It feels a little ridiculous, but this idea is all over the internet and brunch …

Divorce

Breastfeeding may not be the best choice for every mother, but it's the best choice for every baby.

Had to chime in here. As a lactation consultant I’ve taught thousands of women to breastfeed. I’m appalled but not surprised at the U.S. trying to …

Breast Feeding

15 Infertility, IVF, and Fertility Treatment Myths

There are many misconceptions on fertility, IVF, and fertility treatments in general. Infertility myths are more commonly believed <i>outside</i> of the …

Pregnancy

Everything You Need to Know About Vaginal pH

In case you haven’t noticed, vaginas are complex. On the one hand, they’re self-cleaning and go through a lot during childbirth. On the other hand, …

Wellness

How to Have Great (Quiet) Sex After The Kids Go to Sleep

You don’t have to make a lot of noise to let your partner know you’re having a good time<p>Sex can be described a lot of different ways. Some say its …

Parenting

4 Reasons Why Period Sex is Actually the Best Sex

Seriously.<p>We've written about period sex before, and discovered that despite its perceived *taboo* place in society, plenty of women (and men!), don't care one bit about doing the deed during that time of the month. In fact, a few of the people we polled are of the mind that period sex can be "the …

Menstruation

Guitar Essentials: Barn-Burning Bluegrass Licks

Get ready for some fast, hot picking, because we’re about to take a crash course in bluegrass guitar.<p>Be forewarned, though: this is no sit­ …

Electric Guitar

Three Hot Country Guitar Licks for Rockers

We’ve talked here before about country licks—about how they’ve been used by rock guitarists like Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and Steve Howe, and the …

Guitar

6 signs your relationship is going to last

No one can predict the future — especially when it comes to relationships— but researchers and other experts have zeroed in on healthy behaviors that lead to romantic longevity.<p>"The most successful marriages, the ones that don't suck, are the ones where the partners understand, respect, and …

Can You Orgasm Without Clitoral Stimulation?

There are a million different ways to experience sexual pleasure, and most of them (if not all) will tout the clitoris as the mac daddy of female sexual pleasure. Those sources are correct! When it comes to orgasm, the clitoris reigns supreme. We cannot stress enough how important the clitoris is …

How Quickly Can You Expect to Get Pregnant?

Just how quickly can you get pregnant? While some couples may conceive the very first month they try, most will get pregnant after three to six …

The Fundamental Techniques You’ll Need For Texas Shuffle Rhythm

DescriptionIn this lesson I’ll breakdown the fundamental techniques needed to play the Texas Shuffle style of rhythm guitar heard in “Pride And Joy” …

Fingerpicking: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking

0<p>SHARES<p>The hands of a beginning guitarist are like a couple learning to dance, with one member of the team always straying ahead of the other.<p>Every …

Improve Your String Bends with This Simple Exercise

String bends and vibrato are among a guitarist's most expressive techniques. Testing the accuracy of your bends and vibrato is a good way to judge …

Electric Guitar

Period Blood Colors and What They Mean

When <i>that</i> time of month rolls around, you shouldn’t exactly be surprised by the sudden appearance of red splotches in your undies. Unless, of course, those splotches appear more rusty brown in color than a bright, cranberry red — or are any other shade, for that matter. As it turns out, your period …

What I Wish I Knew Before Having an Abortion

"I wish I had known how statistically not alone I was."<p>The decision to have an abortion can be momentous. As so many women have shared, experiencing this pocedure is something you have to know to understand.<p>Many women who have abortions cite the stigma of talking about them as their main reason for …

What to Get a Friend Post-Abortion

So your friend is about to have an abortion. Of course you want to be there for her, but you don’t know how. Look, making this decision is never simple, and having to make it as a teenager is more than a little terrifying. But it shouldn’t have to be so scary. The worst part of all this isn’t the …

12 Sheer Lingerie Sets Perfect For Valentine's Day (Or Any Time, Really)

Let's face it: You can buy yourself sexy lingerie any damn day of the year you please. Really, the arrival of Valentine's Day just so happens to be a …

Clothing

How to ask out a stranger without seeming like a creep

Like, splurge on ridiculously expensive champagne and jewelry for their partner. Or join a flock of tourists at the top of the Empire State Building.<p>Or ask a total stranger on a date.<p>If you're in that last category (go you!), there's a right way and a wrong way to go about it.<p>Jordan Harbinger, host …

$3,500 Custom Shop Fender vs $150 Squier: Can You Tell the Difference?

16<p>SHARES<p>Many guitar makers offer budget versions of their more expensive models.<p>Some, like Fender, offer entire budget lines—in Fender’s case, the …

10 Things That Can Affect Your Fertility

Many causes of infertility can’t fully be controlled, like genetics, medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, and of …

Pregnancy

4 Small Sex Toys and Accessories That Can Completely Transform Your Sex Life

Visiting a sex shop is often considered an extra little step you can take to spice up your sex life. But buying sex toys, lube, and other products isn't just fun; it's an avenue to the best sex you can possibly have. Vanessa Marin, sex therapist and teacher of the orgasm course Finishing School, …

Preamp crammed inside guitar cable for improved signal quality

R&M Tone Technology has developed a new line of patented active guitar cables to help players inject some life into their guitar sound. Each of the …

Music Production

The Secret Note That Makes the Minor Pentatonic Scale Better

If you’re looking for a way to make your minor pentatonic licks, riffs and solos more interesting, it might be as simple as adding one “secret” …

Electric Guitar

House prices and 9 other surprising things that can affect your fertility

According to new research, soaring house prices in England are reducing the number of babies born, because fewer people can afford their own home and so delay starting a family. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development found that for every 10 per cent rise in house prices, the birth …

The Best Sex Positions to Try This Valentine’s Day

Even if you've tried all the most popular sex positions and then some, it's nice to remember—especially on Valentine's Day—that there are still endless variations on each one. While testing out the lesser-known positions can make your sex life more exciting, a few simple twists on classic ones can …

23 Romantic Love Quotes That Instantly Make You Think of Someone Special

Though it may seem like the language of love is slowly getting killed by texting, all you need is a few reminders that romance is still out there. We looked to Instagram to find beautiful love quotes that will make your heart swell. You might recognize a few or discover your newest favorite, but …

Learn the Guitar Habits of John Mayer

3<p>SHARES<p>John Mayer. One of the most polarizing pop icons of our generation also happens to be one of the best guitar players to sell more than 10 …