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Heather Jeffcoat at Healthline.com

You’re on a journey to health and wellness. And we’re right there with you.

How you feel affects every single day of your life, which is why you work so hard to get well and stay well. No matter your journey, we’re here to support, guide, and inspire you. 

We cut through the confusion with straightforward, expert-reviewed, person-first experiences — all designed to help you make the best decisions for yourself and the people you love.

Why Your Vagina Burns
Have you ever wondered why your vagina burns either during or after penetrative sex? Healthline reached out to me for answers to this burning question, and I was glad to reply. Here is a brief synopsis of the article with a link to the full article below.

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Sex should be good. Like, really, really good.

It definitely shouldn’t be painful or uncomfortable, and yet, for far too many people, it is.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), nearly 3 out of every 4 vulva owners will experience pain during intercourse at some point in their lives. And one of the most common types of pain is a burning sensation.

If this has happened to you, know that it isn’t “normal” and you don’t have to “put up with it.”

Read more: Healthline | Why Your Vagina...

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citrus fruit representing vaginal scarring
In this Healthline article written by Gabrielle Kassel on May 29, 2020, Heather Jeffcoat was tapped for her experise on vaginal scarring and its effects on painful penetration during sex, tampon insertion, etc. Here are some excerpts from the article, and a link to the full article is shown below.

Yes, it’s possible to have scarring down there

Experts estimate around 75 percent of vulva owners find sex painful at some point in their life.

Known by medical personnel as “dyspareunia,” there are basically a bajillion different reasons this could happen.

One of them is vaginal or vulvar scarring.

What exactly is it? 

Scar tissue is the body’s way of healing what’s been damaged or injured — it’s the body’s healing mechanism,” says Heather Jeffcoat, a doctor of physical therapy who specializes in sexual dysfunction, pain, and incontinence, and author of “Sex Without Pain: A Self-Treatment Guide to the Sex Life You Deserve.”

Vaginal scarring occurs when scar tissue has developed inside the vagina as a result of injury, damage, or tearing — like during vaginal childbirth.

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Can the Size of Your Clitoris Affect Your Ability to Orgasm?
In this Healthline article the author Janet Brito reached out to Heather Jeffcoat for her advice on how to make the most of your individual anatomy when it comes to achieving the Big O. Here is a brief synopsis, with a link to the full article below.

Q: Can the size of your clitoris affect your ability to orgasm?

I have a larger clit, and I’ve always wondered if that’s why I have difficulty reaching orgasm during vaginal intercourse. I can usually orgasm when using a toy, so I’m not sure why I can’t do the same during partner sex. Is there anything I can do to make orgasm more likely during partner sex?

The size of your clitoris won’t affect your ability to orgasm, but the size of your clitoral hood might.

If your clitoris is covered by a thicker hood, you may have to apply more direct pressure in order to reach orgasm. You may also be able to gently draw back your clitoral hood so that you can more directly stimulate your clitoris.

I find that using a high-speed vibrator, such as a Hitachi wand, works best.

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Is It Possible to Be ‘Too Wet’?

What’s the short answer?

Can pigs fly? Can mules give birth? Can you get blood from a stone?

Can a vagina get too wet during sex?” is just as absurd a question, worthy of being added to the list of Idioms of Improbability.

So, you can’t get ‘too wet’ during sex?

N-O-P-E!

It is, however, possible for the vagina to produce too much fluid (i.e., vaginal discharge) in nonsexual settings, but we’ll get to that below.

Is wetness important?

Without wetness, the rubbing can irritate and even cause little microtears in the delicate vaginal tissues, which increases the risk of infection.

Read more: Healthline | Is It Possible...

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clitoral erections

We all get erections 

Cue your Oprah voice, because you get a hard-on, and you get a hard-on, and you get a hard-on…

That’s right, folks of all genders and genitalia can get erections, not just people with penises!

But chances are you didn’t learn that in health class. So, to help you become more cliterate, we put together this sheet on clitoral erections.

What’s the average increase in size?

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What exactly is a "bad orgasm"?

Bad orgasms are defined as a non-positive, non-pleasurable, or negative orgasm.

And according to a 2019 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, “bad” orgasms can negatively affect a person’s relationships, sexuality, and psychological health.

It’s important to note that bad orgasms can occur during consensual sex or acts of assault. Here, we’ll be focusing on the former.

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