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What it means to be a top, bottom, or a verse in queer sex

Tops, bottoms, and verses (or, “switches”) are terms that refer to sexual preferences within the queer community. Tops generally like to be the more dominant person during sex, while bottoms follow their lead. Verses generally like to switch between sexual positions of power with their partners. Visit Insider’s homepage for […]
What it means to be a top, bottom, or a verse in queer sex
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How to pick the best lube for you, according to sexual health experts

Lube can make penetrative and anal sex more pleasurable experiences. Choose a lube that fits your needs. Some aren’t compatible with condoms and sex toys. The three main categories of lubricant are water-based, oil-based, and silicone-based. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Lubrication, whether it comes from your vagina or […]
How to pick the best lube for you, according to sexual health experts
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5 signs you should switch up your birth-control method

If you’ve used the same birth control method since you started using contraception, you might want to re-evaluate if it’s working for you, gynecologist Dr. Jessica Shepherd told Insider. Painful or heavy periods, conditions like hypertension and high blood pressure, and a recent change in your relationship status are all […]
5 signs you should switch up your birth-control method
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How to talk about STD status with your sexual partner

Talking about STIs with a new sexual partner can feel uncomfortable because it’s not something we were taught to do, but the conversation is essential for your health. First consider what type of confirmation you need from your partner, whether it’s their word or written documentation. Then, be straightforward in […]
How to talk about STD status with your sexual partner
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How to ask for what you want in your sex life

Telling your partner you want to switch things up in the bedroom or try something new can be an intimidating experience if you’re unsure where to start. Therapist Rachel Wright suggested asking yourself what you want first, then creating a safe space for you and your partner to discuss your […]
How to ask for what you want in your sex life