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Everything You Need to Know About Plan B
Wondering what the difference between the abortion pill and Plan B is? Not sure if it’s too late to take Plan B? Want to know what to expect after taking it? Concerned that taking Plan B will affect your long-term fertility? You’re not alone. We’ve been fielding a lot of questions about plan B lately, so we sat our founder Kirsten down to give us answers. Here you go.
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Goop Lab x Betty Dodson’s Orgasm Method
Goop Lab has been hit with a lot of scepticism and criticism but the third episode changed the way one of our teammates orgasms, and we think that’s a pretty big deal. In the ‘The Pleasure Is Ours’ episode, 90-year-old feminist sex educator Betty Dodson teaches Goop Staffers her orgasm method, which involves a mix of heavy breathing, body rocking, clit stimulation and penetration. If you have a hard time orgasming (or if you always have that
I’M-FROZEN/CAN’T-BREATHE tension orgasm and want to see what else is out there), we recommend you watch it. In a clinical test involving 500 women with anorgasmia, 93% were able to orgasm after learning Dodson’s method. 😮
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Barbie Was Made to Meditate with You.
Well, maybe not you specifically but the new Wellness Barbie has kid-friendly guided meditations built into her necklace. She’s also more flexible and has yoga clothes, in case you want to do yoga with her. Mattel hopes that this new Barbie can teach kids to embrace self-care and wellness. Fingers crossed they’re right. (Also, does anyone make meditation necklaces like Barbie’s for real humans? Because a necklace that plays guided meditations and lights up sounds kind of clutch.)
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Vaginismus on Sex Education
Two Netflix recs in one newsletter feels like too many but between Sex Education, Sex Explained, Big Mouth and Goop Lab’s The Pleasure Is Ours episode, there really is a lot of solid content on there when it comes to sex. We especially loved the last episode of Sex Education Season 2, where one of the main characters shares that she has vaginismus (“my vagina is like a venus fly trap”) and then goes on masturbate with her partner. It’s amazing because it (A) sheds light on a very real and painful condition that most people know nothing about and (B) shows that having vaginismus doesn’t mean sexual pleasure is off the table. Here’s an article about what the episode got right, plus more details on the condition. (A heads up that the article contains spoilers!)
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Notifications & Distractibility
How are the many notifications you receive throughout the day affecting your focus, your productivity, and your mental health? And how much of that can you really blame on the tech? Might the deeper issue actually be our always-available culture, the expectations of others, and your own attention distractibility? This article encourages you to do a probably-much-needed notification detox while also calling out its limitations.
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