sex and relationships

Here's The Reason Your Cycle May Be Out Of Whack After A Vacation

Does travel affect your period? Anecdotally, I can say yes. I traveled full time for five and a half years and when I went to a new country, it absolutely messed with my cycle. After flying somewhere new, my period would come late — or not at all.…
By Emma McGowan

Here's Your Love Horoscope For The Weekend

We’re constantly fascinated by what our zodiac sign says about our lives, whether it's which signs are most compatible or how each sign handles conflict in relationships. That's why Bustle has enlisted Mecca Woods, a New York City-based astrologer…
By Mecca Woods

How Trauma-Informed Yoga Can Be Healing For Survivors Of Domestic & Sexual Violence

When you picture a typical yoga class, you probably envision a room full of flexible folks being taught and having their form corrected by a very hands-on instructor while some ambient music plays in the background... but at an Exhale to Inhale yoga…
By Laken Howard

7 Ways Texting Affects Your Relationship, According To Science

Moods can be illegible in written form, so predictably, the way we communicate these days — almost exclusively via text, what else is there? — can seed a lot of chaos in our relationships. But, at the same time, texting can also improve our unions.…
By Claire Lampen

7 Ways To Make New Relationship Energy Last Long-Term

It's commonly said that the early stages of a relationship are the best. In many cases, it's true. There really is nothing like new relationship energy. But the age-old question is, how do you make it last? If you're not too familiar with it, the…
By Kristine Fellizar

6 Surprising Reasons You Might Want To Use Female Condom

When you hear the word “condom,” most people picture a latex sheath that rolls down over the head of the penis. That’s a “male condom” or, more accurately, an “external condom.” But did you know there’s another kind of condom? It’s commonly called a…
By Emma McGowan

9 Old-Fashioned Dating Tips From Your Mom You Should Actually Listen To

Your mom's dating advice may not always seem that relevant, but there may be more to her comments than you think. While maybe not everything about her dating life can apply to yours, there are some important things to listen to from her end. In the…
By Eva Taylor Grant

7 Things From The Past You Should Tell Your Partner About Vs. 3 You Shouldn't

While it may feel like you need to reveal each and every one of your secrets in order to have a healthy relationship, it's actually OK to be discerning when it comes to what you do and don't tell your partner — especially if the information is…
By Carolyn Steber

This Adult Site Launched A Fund To Help Woman-Identifying Filmmakers Get You Off

Sometimes, mainstream porn feels like a boys' club: Movies made mostly for and often by men, despite the fact that women like a little adult entertainment, too. A 2015 Marie Claire survey of 3,000 readers found that 30 percent watched porn on a…
By Claire Lampen

7 Things To Look For When You're Trying To Find Roommates For The First Time

One of the biggest transitions into adult life is moving in with your first roommates. It can be incredibly freeing and make you see yourself as an actual, real-life grownup — but it's also tricky to get it right. And finding the right roommate is…
By Lea Rose Emery

10 Women Reveal The WEIRDEST Things They Were Asked To Do As Bridesmaids

At some point or another, you may be asked to be a bridesmaid in your friend’s wedding — or perhaps you’ve already been one, and maybe more than once. As a bridesmaid, you’ve probably been asked to help the bride with various wedding-related tasks,…
By Natalia Lusinski

7 Signs They’re Your Soulmate, Based On How They Treat You In Public

A lot can be said about what happens in a relationship behind closed doors. But the way couples act when they're out and about can be a major indicator of the love connection between two people as well. Many of the signs of a strong relationship can…
By Eva Taylor Grant

7 Times It’s OK For Your Partner To Be Friends With Their Ex & 7 Times It’s Definitely Not

While it's natural to jump to conclusions and assume the worst if your partner is friends with their ex, it's important to keep in mind that many people remain friends after a breakup — in a perfectly healthy, mature, and respectable way. "There’s…
By Carolyn Steber

Here's How To Get Over An "Almost Relationship", According To Experts

When we talk about relationships, we normally think in terms of long-term partners — maybe even spouses. For it to be serious or significant, we sometimes feel like we have to be able to put a certain label on it. But the truth is, there are some…
By Lea Rose Emery

7 Easy-To-Miss Perks Of Being Newly Single

Newly single? Maybe you're thrilled to get back out there and date again, maybe you're overwhelmed by the big change, or maybe you're totally dreading being single again and still mourning your breakup. As someone who's back to being newly single, I…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Ultimatums That Are Actually Healthy In Relationships, According to Experts

Ultimatums get a bad rap more often than not, especially in the context of relationships. They're considered unfair, unhealthy, and unjust. However, that's not always the case. In fact, sometimes, ultimatums, in some cases, can lead to healthy…
By Lauren Dana

If Your Partner Can't Say These 7 Things About Their Ex, They’re Still Hung Up On Them

Nobody wants to invest their time into a relationship with someone who's just counting down the days until their ex decides they want them back. So how can you tell if your partner is still hung up on an ex? According to experts, listen closely to…
By Kristine Fellizar

Long-Distance Marriages Are On The Rise Among Young People, And Here's Why

Judith Light has a good thing going. The 69-year-old actress and her husband of more than 30 years, Robert Desiderio, enjoy a long-distance marriage: She lives in New York, a city she loves and refuses to leave on account of its charmingly…
By Claire Lampen

What Will Excite Your Partner About Your Relationship Again, Based On Their Zodiac Sign

At some point in your relationship, you'll likely hit a point where things become comfortable. Sometimes it may become too comfortable, and things may feel routine and boring. If you've reached that point in your relationship and you're looking to…
By Kristine Fellizar

9 STIs That You Definitely Didn't Learn About In Sex Ed

Gonorrhea. Chlamydia. Herpes. HPV. Those are the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that people talk about a lot. When you go for your annual checkup, those are the ones they’re checking for. They’re the ones you learn about the most in sex ed;…
By Emma McGowan