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Spanking the monkey. Adjusting the pink curtains. Jerkin' the gherkin. Slapping the oyster. Beef strokenoff. While we all love a good euphemism for masturbation, it's not something that most people talk about freely. This has given rise to a lot of misinformation, particularly when it comes to health. So is self-gratification good for you? Or do abstainers have the right idea?

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As if there weren’t enough sexually transmitted diseases to worry about, Mycoplasma genitalium is now being more closely scrutinised by public officials. A British sexual health organisation recently released new guidelines for stopping it from becoming the next superbug, and the least we can do is be aware that it exists.

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Nope, we're not talking about putting your penis in your lady's arsehole. We're talking about stimulating your arsehole. If you're like many straight guys, your interest in this article just plummeted. Lots of straight men are turned off by the idea of anal play (to be fair, many bi and gay men are too), and as a result are missing out on a whole world of fun. Today we're here to convince you that it's time to stop ignoring your arse.

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Our Bodies, Ourselves began as a pamphlet on women's health in the early 1970s, but soon became the go-to textbook for every young (and old) person with questions about anything to do with puberty, sex, even relationships. The book has been released and updated in numerous editions over the decades, but all good things must come to an end; the non-profit responsible for OBOS has just announced that they are shifting to a volunteer-only model, which means that updates will be few and far between.

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Underwater sex poses a fair number of technical challenges, but people still fantasise about it. Blame movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Wild Things. If you're intent on fulfilling your underwater fantasy, here's how to do it well.

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Dear Lovehacker, I've been living with my boyfriend for over a year now. Everything had been great until these past few weeks. He's been distant and preoccupied, not answering my calls, taking hours to get back to me, coming home late, and so on. Last week after I worked the graveyard shift, I came home and found sex toys in the shower (dildos). He said he used it on himself...

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It's women who get pap smears on the regular, and girls who are more likely to be up-to-date on their human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines -- but a new study confirms that the virus puts men at risk, too. Men were six times more likely than women to have a high-risk type of HPV in their mouth or throat, where it can cause oropharyngeal cancer.

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Video: Sexually transmitted diseases aren't rare -- half of us will have one at some point in our lives. It's important to tell your partner if you find out you have one, and this video from Planned Parenthood shows you how.

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V-juice, vovey-goo, vu-dew… there are many ways to describe the natural fluid that comes out of the vagina. It varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond. So what's "normal" vaginal discharge and what’s not? We take a look at the science.

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Calling itself the world’s first re-engineered condom, the LELO HEX is aiming to drive innovation in sexual health. The condom has a different structural design to the prophylactics you might be used to, and claims to make sex safer. So what exactly does it do differently?

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Some of the people who need emergency contraception the most are the people who might be the most embarrassed (or have the hardest time) going and buying it themselves. What you might not realise: since it's over the counter, you -- as a friend, partner, or parent -- can do that person a favour and buy it for them.

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If the condom broke, if you missed a pill, if you were assaulted and you're worried that a baby might result, you may still have time to prevent that pregnancy. You have to act fast (within days), and you have three options: an over-the-counter pill, a prescription pill, or a copper IUD. Any of these, taken in time, have a good chance of preventing pregnancy.