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Talking about sexual health with your doctor doesn’t have to be awkward

Let’s be honest, talking about sex and sexual health with health professionals can be awkward. But if you’re having sex, or thinking about having sex, it’s important to be able to have these conversations with your doctor, so you can have healthy and enjoyable sexual relationships now or in the future. To help make it as relaxed as possible we’re going to tell you why you shouldn’t worry, and give you some pointers for your next visit.

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The good, the bad and the ugly truth about hair removal

There’s a hair down there … actually there’s a few. There’s no getting around it, we all have hair. Some of us more than others, and let’s admit it, we’ve all had the: ‘Does everyone’s pubes look this way?’ thought pass through our minds. The truth is, whether you’re hairy just in your nether regions or have a bit more fuzz going on, you’ve thought about hair removal. I mean, it’s normal, you see people on TV, the internet, porn and everyone seems to have taken hold of a grooming style, so what do you do? Go bald like a porn star? Do a bit of manscaping? Does it even matter? We’ve got the lowdown and of course some LOLs about the bush.

Like a bald eagle

Going completely hair-free came into popularity in the mid to late 90s. There’s plenty of ways to get this result, you can shave (prepare for a few days of insufferable itching afterward), wax, and of course laser.

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Body, Relationships, Sex

Sex-slang de-coded: what it all means from “bang” to “bae”

Do you make love, do the horizontal dance, copulate or mate? There are a thousand ways to talk about sex without literally using the word ‘sex’, but they all mean slightly different things. In fact, there’s a whole vocabulary around the world of relationships in general. In order to navigate these tricky waters, here’s a bit of sex-slang, de-coded.

All the way – To have sex with someone.

Bae – means ‘before anyone else’ and is usually used in reference to your partner, lover or crush. i.e. ‘I can’t wait to catch a movie with my bae tonight.’

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Insider’s guide to vaginas – everything you should know about discharge.

What is vaginal discharge?

Well, first up, it’s important to know that vaginal discharge is completely normal. It’s your body doing some housekeeping, basically clearing out bacteria and dead cells and generally working to keep your vagina clean and protect it from germs. Discharge is also your vagina’s way of telling you what’s happening down there – whether you’re aroused, that your period is coming, or that you have an imbalance or infection.

What’s normal?

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The stuff about reproductive anatomy you actually want to know

We all learnt about the birds and the bees at some point in our lives, whether it be the awkward chat with your parents or during health class at school, but how much did they really tell us? Sure, we all know about penises and vaginas, but what about all the other stuff? And they more often than not skipped over the parts that explain how your reproductive anatomy works when it comes to sexual pleasure and also about how diverse our body parts can actually look. This can lead to a whole range of confusion when it comes to feeling confident about your body and how to pleasure yourself and your partner.

Family Planning NSW have got your back and have created the Body Explorer tool on their Body Talk website – hallelujah! This tool lets you explore the typical male and female reproductive anatomy both internal and external so you can get up to speed up on all those important details you may have missed out on. Check it out for yourself and get to know your body – Body Talk.

You’re welcome!