Binding

Binding is a technique involving compression of the chest to flatten its appearance. While anyone can practice binding, it is most common among transgender male or nonbinary individuals as a form of gender expression. Designated binders exist, but binders can also be made from materials at home such as sports bras or layering shirts. People…

Hematolagnia

Hematolagnia, heavily associated with vampirism or the “vampire” fetish, is a type of sexual fetish in which individuals experience arousal from using blood or blood-like imagery during sexual activity. The taste, smell, sight, and texture of blood can be stimulating to some.2 Blood play describes the practice of using blood or substances reminiscent of blood during sexual activity. This fetish is…

Effective Communication During COVID-19

Disclaimer: Here at SexInfo, we are not medical or mental health professionals. Our advice should not be taken as a replacement for the advice or expertise of a medical professional or doctor. If you have further needs, questions, or concerns related to anything we discuss in this article or in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and…

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Misinformation and Deceptive Practice

Note: If you or someone you know is seeking an abortion, we recommend researching ahead of time to ensure the clinic you visit is a medically licensed abortion provider, not a Crisis Pregnancy Center. Visit the National Abortion Federation website to find abortion providers in your area and read our article on “Finding a Reputable Abortion Clinic.”  When…

Hijra, The Third Gender of India

Hijra are the third gender recognized predominantly in India, as well as some areas in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. It is an encompassing term that includes eunuchs, intersex, and transgender people. Hijra, once seen as valued religious and spiritual healers, are now socially “untouchable” and marginalized people. Today they live in rundown areas called Gharanas.1 This group faces social, emotional, and…

Hormonal Contraceptives and Antibiotics

There is a widespread belief that antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of hormonal contraception, but research has found no evidence to support this claim. There is no indication of drug interactions between hormonal contraceptives and antibiotics, except in the case of Rifamycin.1 Rifamycin: The Antibiotic Proven to Reduce Oral Contraceptive Effectiveness Rifamycin (other brand names include Rifampicin, Rifampin, Rimactane, Rifadin, Rifamate)…

Conversion Therapy

Sexual orientation and gender identity are essential aspects of an individual’s identity. Sexual orientation is a person’s romantic, sexual, emotional, or spiritual attraction to others based on gender, and gender identity is the sense of “being” a specific gender such as man, woman, genderqueer, agender, etc. Unfortunately, certain orientations and identities are stigmatized by society because they do not conform…

Being Single

Being single is a completely different experience for every person. Some people have been single for most of their life and find confidence and independence in being single. For others, being single can be a scary experience especially for those who have recently ended a relationship because they no longer have someone to rely on. While there…