sexual health

  • ‘You Don’t Trust Your Body Anymore’: How Breast Cancer Warps Survivors’ Relationship With Sex

    For the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, there’s still a lot of hushed whispers around breast cancer. Beyond diagnosis, surgery, and treatment, breast cancer can metastasise itself in unexpected ways — changing relationships with sex, partners, body image, and identity. While one in seven UK women are at risk of the disease, the squirmy intimate details of life with and after breast cancer remain taboo — a sentiment survivor Rebecca Angus knows all too well. Going through menopause i

  • Netflix confirms Sex Education will be back for season 4

    Everything you need to know about Sex Education season 4 after Netflix confirmed the teen comedy-drama would be back, including plot, cast and air date.

  • R. Kelly Facing Life In Prison After Being Found Guilty Of Racketeering & Sex Trafficking

    This story contains discussion of sexual violence. Please proceed with care. Updated September 27, 2021: Months after being charged and indicted for nine grave federal crimes, R. Kelly is now facing a potential life sentence after a federal court in New York found him guilty of the charges. The trial, which began in mid-August of this year, saw Kelly and his legal counsel attempting to push back against the laundry list of claims made over the past several years. Fifty different witnesses — 45 o

  • How To Rent The Amazing House From Sex Education

    While watching Sex Education, have you ever wondered what it might be like to live in Jean and Otis’s beautiful hillside home? If so, you’re in luck, because the 100-year-old Norwegian chalet is available for short-term holiday lets. “The Chalet” (to give the house its official name) isn’t listed on Airbnb, but is available to rent through a private website. It’s located in the village of Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley in Herefordshire, a few miles from the Welsh border and the pretty historic to

  • What Sex Education Gets So Right About Aimee’s Sexual Assault Trauma

    Content warning: This article details instances of sexual assault and may be distressing to some readers. The hotly-anticipated third season of Sex Education has dropped on Netflix, and was eagerly lapped up by fans who have had to wait well over a year and a half to get the next instalment of the school-based series, typically chock-full of shock, spills and plenty of sex. But while Sex Education’s key focus point follows Otis as he navigates his new relationship with Ruby, while grappling his

  • Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood: ‘My Character’s Sexual Assault Challenged Me’

    Content warning: This article details instances of sexual assault and may be distressing to some readers. Sex Education has always strived to explore various facets – the good and the bad – of sex and self-discovery. And in its third season recently released on Netflix, the show continues to explore a sexual assault storyline in a way not many youth dramas do. Last season, viewers witnessed Aimee Gibbs (played by Aimee Lou Wood) getting on a bus on her way to school. She smiled at a man behind h

  • The Internet Is Obsessed With These Two Sex Education Characters

    Warning: Minor spoilers for season three of Sex Education are ahead. The new season of Sex Education is finally here and such an event that it even has its own H&M range. Season three introduces a smattering of new characters including a villainous Moordale headteacher played by Girls actress Jemima Kirke, but it’s a couple of OG cast members who are hoovering up much of the online love. They are Ruby (Mimi Keene), whose main relationship in the new season is with Otis (Asa Butterfield), and Ada

  • 'Surge' in cheating this month as workers return to the office, survey finds

    Almost half of people have reassessed their relationship during the pandemic, a survey has found.

  • A Japanese Man Was Hollywood’s First Sex Symbol So Stop Emasculating Our Asian Leading Men

    As someone who would gladly die smothered in Daniel Dae Kim’s beefy mommy milkers, the desexualisation of Asian men completely truly befuddles me. Onscreen, Asian men are whittled down to little more than asexual tapeworms via neutered stereotypes: the weirdo foreigner (Silicon Valley’s Jian-Yang), the techy nerd (The Big Bang Theory’s Raj), or the ambitious Yappie (that one gay Asian guy in the Sex and The City movie). These types of characters are always in service of the protagonist (99.9% of

  • Looking for a festive buzz? Here comes Lovehoney's 2021 advent calendar

    Put some kink in your Christmas countdown with this sex toy advent calendar.

  • Strategic Consent: “I Had Sex With My Boyfriend To Stop Him Abusing Me”

    Warning: The following includes descriptions of domestic abuse which some readers may find upsetting. This is an extract from Rough: How violence has found its way into the bedroom and what can we do about it by Rachel Thompson. Philippa* was in an abusive relationship with a man when she was 21 years old. She would have sex with her boyfriend in order to make him stop verbally abusing her and physically attacking her. ‘He never raped me, and he didn’t try to make me have sex when I’d told him I

  • Does TikTok’s Sex Pillow Trick Actually Work?

    Sometimes, you encounter a TikTok hack that changes your life. Maybe you’ve made some permanent adjustments to your skincare or beauty regimen; maybe, a viral trend informed your go-to breakfast recipe. But the latest life-altering trick is as simple as it is sexy: Basically, next time you’re hooking up, grab a pillow. Sex educator @sassyrededu2 describes it best. “When your partner asks or puts your pelvis on a pillow… keep them!” she writes in one TikTok. “They like a lift for their pleasure g

  • Can Poo Chat With Your Partner Lead To The End Of Sex?

    Welcome to Bathroom Break, Refinery29’s series all about poo and the complicated relationship we have with our bowels. To see the rest of the articles, click here. “I don’t usually poo when my partner’s in the flat,” says one of my colleagues, thoughtfully. “I usually just wait until he’s gone to the shop or something.” “I go to the bathroom when I’m about to have a shower,” says another. “While the water’s running, of course.” We’re in our weekly R29 editorial meeting, talking about poo (there’

  • Freeze-dried sperm delivered on a 'postcard' offers new hope for fertility treatment

    'The sperm never expected the day would come when they would be in the mailbox'.

  • How My Wife & I Moved Forward With Fertility Treatments After Miscarriage & A Stillbirth

    Welcome to Refinery29’s Fertility Diaries, where people chronicle their joyous, painful, and sometimes complicated paths to parenthood. Have your own Fertility Diary to share? Contact us, here. History: When we first began trying to conceive, my wife and I expected that my medical history and the fact that we’re an LGBTQIA+ couple would present challenges. But our fertility journey ended up being more complicated than we expected. Age: 33Location: MichiganOccupation: Medical ResearchHousehold In

  • Alex Scott reveals why she has ditched dating apps in hope of meeting someone organically

    The ex-footballer and presenter described herself as 'single and ready to mingle'.

  • How The NHS Is Contributing To Fertility Treatment Inequality

    For Modern Queer Family, Refinery29 reported on how LGBTQ+ people spend astronomical amounts of money to start a family as they are left with no choice but to pursue private care or follow more dangerous routes. During that reporting, we noticed a gap in the available data. We decided to investigate and can reveal that the NHS is not centrally recording information about how easy it is for LGBTQ+ people to access fertility care. In England, access to fertility services is complicated. Fertility

  • The First Cast Photo Of The Sex And The City Reboot Is Here & Fans Can’t Stop Talking About It

    Leave it to the die-hard Sex And The City fans to give their honest and unfiltered opinions on the first cast photo from the series’ highly anticipated reboot And Just Like That. Since Sarah Jessica Parker posted the teaser for the revival in January, fans have been eager to revisit the lives of the women, whom they last saw in the 2010 film Sex and the City 2. While HBO Max has yet to announce a premiere date, the streaming service released the first cast photo of the SATC reboot with Sarah Jes

  • 'The elderly are not immune': Man, 83, diagnosed with HIV

    'We must debunk beliefs that older adults are not sexually active.'