sexual health

  • '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

  • Shop Now: Sex Education X H&M Is Giving Us Back-To-School Levels Of Excitement

    Is Sex Education the best show on Netflix or is it the best show on Netflix? Duh, of course there’s only one answer, what with its off-kilter humour, every Gillian Anderson scene and the students’ quirky British-American hybrid style. It’s the kind of style we wish we could have had pinned to our back-to-school mood boards all those years ago. Happily, H&M – as ever – is on it, bringing us what we reckon is their best pop culture collaboration yet: a varsity collection inspired by the hit show,

  • 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'.

  • 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.'

  • People have more sex in July than any other month, finds new survey

    It's followed by August, and then June.

  • Women reveal the one thing that most improved their sex life

    From a well-thumbed book to a throw-away piece of advice

  • Allison Mack Now Says She Regrets Running NXIVM’s Sex Cult

    Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Lennihan/AP/Shutterstock (10191127a) Actress Allison Mack leaves Brooklyn federal court, in New York. Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on Monday in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate New York. The trial is expected to detail sensational allegations that the group, called NXIVM, recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader, Keith Raniere Branded Women, New York, USA – 08 Apr 2019 In 2020, the HBO documentary Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cu

  • 'Always ready': Men with erectile dysfunction having more sex during pandemic, study suggests

    'With their partners at home, they wanted to always be ready.'

  • I Tried An At-Home Hormone Test Kit – But How Much Can It Tell Me About My Fertility?

    “Are you sure you want to do this?” my friend asked, genuinely concerned. “What if it’s bad news?” My at-home hormone testing kit had just arrived courtesy of a Dutch company named Grip which tests the hormones which provide indicators of a woman’s fertility remotely for £139. Grip tests the same hormones as any private fertility clinic: Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) which is produced by cells from the small follicles in a woman’s ovaries and is used as a marker of egg quantity. Luteinisizing Hor

  • This Is Our First Look At The New Sex And The City Series

    The new Sex and the City series, And Just Like That…, is officially in production. Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw) posted a photo on Instagram showing her with fellow original cast members Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte York Goldenblatt). Appropriately enough, the trio have the familiar New York City skyline behind them. “Read through our first episodes,” SJP wrote in the caption. “Alongside all the fellas and our newest cast members. Like an ice cream sundae.

  • As Ofsted warns of sex abuse in schools: How can we raise boys to respect girls?

    In light of the shocking recent Ofsted report, how can we raise boys to respect girls and understand what harassment looks like?

  • How Does It Feel To Have A Partner Who Does Sex Work?

    Chris Buck, a photographer and director based in New York and California, has always been drawn to the tension between strength and vulnerability. In his latest series — the book, Gentlemen’s Club — Buck explores that dichotomy within the world of strip clubs. Over six years, he interviewed 40 people — strippers and their partners. Buck’s earliest questions were basic, revolving around some variation of: Are you sure you’re cool with your partner stripping? As he spoke to more couples, though, h

  • Half of coupled-up people say current partner is 'worst sex they've ever had'

    One in five also admitted they'd had more than ten bad sexual encounters in their life...

  • How to overcome intimacy anxiety - and have better sex

    New research found 63% of single people feel nervous at the thought of intimacy and sex after a year of lockdowns.

  • Skins Stars Say They Had A “F—ed” Up” Experience Filming Sex Scenes

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: (UK TABLOIDS OUT) April Pearson arrives at the UK film premiere of “Tormented” at the Empire Leicester Square on May 19, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images) Two of the stars of cult late aughts series Skins described “traumatising” experiences they had on-set of the British TV show — especially when it came to the sex scenes. On a May 17 episode of her podcast Are You Michelle From Skins?, host April Pearson, who played Michelle Richardson, an

  • Sex Therapy Is Having A Moment, Thanks To The Pandemic

    Before March 2020, Addison and Steven were busy. Arguably too busy, although their schedules were filled with things they loved and valued — friends, family, work. But when COVID-19 interrupted their lives, all those distractions fell away. Stuck in their Hamptons’ home with only each other for company, they were forced to confront an issue they’d been avoiding looking at for a few years: their dwindling sex life. They rarely had sex. It had been that way for a while, but when they were busy run