Sex in the news: April 2020 edition

With so much scary stuff happening, it can be hard to figure out how to stay on top of the news without getting super overwhelmed. We’re here to help you sort through the chaos and get the latest on sexual health. (And remember: if you’re struggling to access birth control during the pandemic, check out how to get birth control delivered right to your door.)

  1. Why You Should Stay on Your Birth Control During Quarantine, According to Ob-Gyns (Cosmopolitan)

    Going off your birth control can bring back the acne, cramps, and heavy periods you were keeping away. Even if you’re not having sex right now, check out this piece to learn more about why staying on your birth control might be a good idea. If you’re afraid to leave your house to pick up your birth control, find out how to get it delivered right to your door!

  2. Here’s Why You Get Back Pain On Your Period—And What To Do About It, According To An MD (Women’s Health)

    Back pain during your period can be uncomfortable and annoying. Learn more about why you may be experiencing the pain and what you can do to alleviate it in this article, because let’s be real—no one has time for more pain during your period!

  3. What To Do If You’re Anxious About Sex, According To A Psychologist & A Sex Educator (Bustle)

    Lots of people feel anxious about sex at some point, but if you’re experiencing this anxiety all the time then it may be time to explore it a bit deeper. Check out this piece to learn more.

  4. What Does Your Period Say About Your Health? (Forbes)

    Your period and the symptoms you have before, during, and after it could tell you a lot about your health. Wondering what your period says about your health? Read this piece.

  5. Here’s How To Maintain Intimacy If You’re Quarantining Away From Your Partner (Elite Daily)

    Being away from your partner during these stressful times can be hard, and it may call for new ways to communicate and be intimate. Thanks to technology, keeping the flame alive while apart isn’t too hard.

  6. Uh, What Does It Mean If I Feel Burning During Sex? (Women’s Health)

    Feeling burning and pain during sex is way more common than you may think. Seventy-five percent of women experience pain during sex at some point in their lives. This article covers some potential causes and their treatments.

  7. Sex and the Coronavirus: Reader Questions, Answered (The New York Times)

    Dr. Jen Gunter answers readers’ questions about sex and the coronavirus in this New York Times piece.

  8. How Being At Home During The Coronavirus Crisis Can Affect Your Period, According To Experts (Bustle)

    Noticing some changes in your period lately? Stress and loneliness are just some of the things people are experiencing during this time that can affect the menstrual cycle. Check out this piece to learn more.

  9. Why Is My Vagina Dry During Sex, and What Can I Do To Make It Wet? 6 Common Culprits For Dryness, And Your Solutions (Bustle)

    Vaginal dryness during sex can be uncomfortable and can even cause a burning sensation. There are many reasons why people with vaginas may experience dryness. This article explains what causes dryness and how to alleviate it so you can have a pain- and worry-free sex life.

  10. A New Frontier for Self-Love—And Sex Toys—in the Time of COVID-19 (Vogue)

    One silver lining of COVID-19 is that it has opened the doors for self-love for some people. Introducing new sex toys is one way to enjoy self-love. Interested in introducing a new sex toy into your life? Check out this article.

Written by Jacqueline Pelella, MA

Jacqueline Pelella, MA is the Manager of Communications at Power to Decide. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from American University and is a strong advocate for sexual and reproductive rights. In her spare time she enjoys getting out into nature, spending time with her Boston Terrier, and listening to Adele on repeat.

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