Lube: a Crackpot Theory

I have a crackpot theory about lube, especially as it relates to menopause. Maybe you remember hearing about studies that suggest smiling can actually make you happy. Not just act happier, but actually feel happier.  There was a Welsh study that suggested that people who lost the ability to frown effectively (the study involved Botox injections) were happier than people who could make properly grumpy expressions. While not great news for those of us who pride ourselves on intimidating scowls,

A Lube for all Reasons

A Lube for all Reasons

Lubricants are used to reduce friction. Personal lubricants, usually shortened to “lube,” are used to reduce friction in sexual activities. Reducing friction can ease penetration, prevent uncomfortable chapping, and generally make everything wetter and more comfortable. Vaginas (unlike anuses) are generally considered self-lubricating, but that isn’t true for everyone all the time.  There are many women who do not produce very much natural lubrication, for whatever reason. The hormonal shifts associated with menopause are pretty common cause, though.  So, if

Foria Pleasure Review

Foria Pleasure Review

Foria Pleasure is a pretty simple product concept.  It is coconut oil infused with cannabis oil,  sold as a “female pleasure enhancer.”  Since so many women in perimenopause (and postmenopause) have difficulty with arousal, dryness, and orgasm, Foria could be perfect for helping restore sexual pleasure.  It is expensive —  a 30 ml bottle costs from $75 – $90 depending on where you purchase it, and is currently only available in California and Colorado, though the company may eventually expand to

Sex Ed Book Recommendations – a Book Hugger list

Sex Ed Book Recommendations – a Book Hugger list

  Readings in adult (and not adult) sex ed This wouldn’t be my site if it didn’t have a list of books that I adore.  There will be more, longer reviews later, but here’s a short list of sex ed books to check out if you are looking for something to read offline (or on your kindle, if you want to keep the cover art to yourself).  Links are to my affiliates, Good Vibrations (most image links) or Amazon (text

Perimenopause, Menopause, and Postmenopause: the Basics

Perimenopause, Menopause, and Postmenopause: the Basics

When I was younger, I thought that women’s lives divided neatly into three parts: too young to have a period, too old to have a period, and all the period time in the middle. Puberty was the beginning of the time of periods and menopause was its end. When adults talked about menopause, which they didn’t very often, perimenopause and postmenopause were never mentioned. When I was younger, most people also didn’t think much about women who don’t have periods

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