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  • Vaginas Deserve Giant Ads Too!

    I read this amazing article today in the NY Times and it really highlights the extreme disparity between the advertising, funding, and basic healthcare of vulvas, vaginas, uterus’ and other... Read more
  • Vaginal Intercourse

    Sex in which a penis or sex toy enters the vagina.... Read more
  • Vagina

    The passageway between the cervix and the vulva. It has many functions: it allows menstrual blood, vaginal fluid, and a fetus or baby to leave the body; it is the... Read more
  • Vaginal Cleaning Fads

    Saw this article in The Conversation recently. I can’t say I had ever heard of cucumber cleanses for vaginas before!  😮 I used to be quite self-conscious about the discharge... Read more
  • Constant white vaginal discharge after fingering

    so I’m in my first ever serious relationship at 21 & have no intention as of yet, of having sex, however my boyfriend and I do a lotmofforeplay, particularl fingering.... Read more
  • Vaginal Atrophy

    Hi Nurse Nettie (and everyone) I just read this really peculiar article and was wondering if there’s any truth in it? I figured it was just some trash journalism but... Read more
  • Vaginal Pain During Sex

    Vaginal pain during sex is more common than you might think. Here, we discuss the different causes of vaginal pain during sex, how you can address it with your partner,... Read more
  • Dry vagina

    my doctor recently said I have a dry vagina. Anyone have any insights?... Read more
  • Vaginal Discharge

    Found this article talking about NORMAL bodily function ... Read more
  • Vaginal Discharge

    What’s normal and not normal? All women have some vaginal discharge (fluid or semisolid substance that flows out of the vaginal opening). It’s a way the body maintains a healthy... Read more
  • Vagina 101

    There’s a lot of confusion about what the vagina ‘should’ look, feel or smell like. So, here are some simple facts (vagina 101) to clear the rumours. The vagina is... Read more
  • What’s the difference between an STI and an STD?

    STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection, not disease. That last word makes all the difference because most of the bacteria or viruses passed on via sex are actually infections, not... Read more
  • Can I get an STI from oral sex?

    While you can’t get pregnant from oral sex, it doesn’t mean that oral sex is a no-risk situation. Oral sex (using your mouth to pleasure someone’s penis, vagina, or anus)... Read more
  • Overcoming vaginismus at 27

    As someone who had been feeling completely alone in this for over a decade and totally unable to get any kind of help here, without even understanding why can’t I... Read more
  • Bleeding after sex. Has it happened to you?

    “Bleeding from inside the vagina after penetrative sex is called post-coital bleeding, and is more common than you might think. There are plenty of reasons why it might be happening... Read more
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Condoms

    Did you know that condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against both unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? When they’re used correctly they’re over 98% effective,... Read more
  • Is queefing normal?

    Okay so first of all if you don’t know what a ‘queef’ is it’s “The sound made when a small amount of air is forced out of the vagina during... Read more
  • Safe sex for young people: how to protect yourself from STIs

    By understanding the risks associated with sex – and doing what you can do to minimise them – you can protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and take control... Read more
  • Is it normal to bleed after sex?

    Bleeding from inside the vagina after penetrative sex is called post-coital bleeding, and is more common than you might think. There are plenty of reasons why it might be happening... Read more
  • Preparing to have sex for the first time

    Deciding to have sex for the first time is a big decision. Being prepared is one of the best things that you can do to make sure it’s  safe and... Read more
  • The complete guide to the internal or female condom

    Everyone knows what a condom is, but hands up if you’ve ever heard of the female condom (also known as the internal condom)? This lesser-known barrier contraceptive gets inserted into... Read more
  • What’s it like getting an STI test in NSW?

    Even though it’s a normal part of a healthy and enjoyable sex life, getting an STI test can sometimes feel daunting. To show that there’s really nothing to worry about,... Read more
  • Can pre-cum get you pregnant?

    Pre-cum (or pre-ejaculate if we want to use the fancy proper name), is fluid that’s released from the penis during foreplay or sex. It usually happens during arousal, and a... Read more
  • Can I get an STI from that?

    Sex is great. But also kinda confusing sometimes. What risks are there for different kinds of sex? And how do you stay safe and take control of your sexual health?... Read more
  • Did I rape her? Uncertainty after few years

    I feel extremely ashamed writing about it but I’d finally like to know what to think about all of these things. I can’t help feeling guilty but I don’t actually... Read more
  • 5 condom myths debunked

    Did you know that condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against both STIs and pregnancy? But for some reason, not everyone wants to use one when they’re... Read more
  • Herpes Pt 1: Everything you need to know

    Herpes might be the most misunderstood infections around so let’s start with the facts. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is usually passed on by kissing, oral sex, vaginal sex or anal... Read more
  • 5 myths about STI testing – busted

    Getting an STI test is a normal part of a healthy and confident sex life, but sometimes it can feel daunting or confusing. But have no fear because we’re here... Read more
  • Is it thrush?

    Um so, my vagina is itchy. Actually, it’s fine now, but last week it was very itchy for three days!! I don’t know if it was thrush and cleared itself... Read more
  • What happens when you get an STI test?

    So i was chatting to a bi friend recently about what happens when they get an STI check. When he went in to a sexual clinic they recommended he did... Read more
  • 6 Things we wish sex ed had taught us

    Remember those awkward Sex Ed lessons? We do. Here is what we wish we’d learnt instead. You don’t need to orgasm Orgasms are great, but aren’t the goal of sex.... Read more
  • Sharing Sex toys and Bacterial Vaginosis

    Recently I’ve started to explore my sexuality and sleep with other women. After a super fun night of sex with a new female friend my vagina started to feel strange... Read more
  • Vulva Lineup

    Calling all people with vulvas! Do you think you would be able to pick a cast/photo of your vulva from a lineup? Let’s say it’s a cast/photo of the fleshy... Read more
  • Silicone and Sex?

    Dear Nurse Nettle, I have recently purchased some silicone lubricant and my main concern is for my partner. I tried the product by smearing it on the forearm, and I... Read more
  • What STI tests do I need?

    Did you know that the types of STI tests you need differ depending on the type of sex you’re having? There are a few different types of STI tests –... Read more
  • Yeast Infection / Thrush

    An overgrowth of naturally occurring yeast in the vagina commonly causing itch, skin irritation, and a clumpy white discharge. The same infection on the head of the penis is often... Read more
  • Withdrawal

    Pulling the penis out of the vagina before ejaculation in order to avoid pregnancy. It is a less reliable form of birth control and does not protect against STIs.... Read more
  • Tampon

    A small cylinder of disposable absorbent fibre that can be put inside the vagina to absorb menstrual flow.... Read more
  • Syphilis

    A bacterial infection that can be transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral sex. It is curable with antibiotics but can cause brain damage and even death if untreated.... Read more
  • Spooning

    A position where two people lie curled against each other, both facing the same direction. It can be a way of just cuddling or sleeping or a position for vaginal... Read more
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

    An infection that can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact: usually vaginal, anal or oral sex. Sometimes referred to as a “sexually transmitted disease (STD)” or... Read more
  • Sexual Arousal

    Physiological response to sexual excitement e.g. erection, vaginal lubrication.... Read more
  • Sex Change Operation

    Interventions intended to alter the sex organs to conform to one’s gender identity. For MTFs, this is usually the removal of the testes and the surgical creation of a vagina... Read more
  • Queef

    The sound made when a small amount of air is forced out of the vagina during vaginal penetration or as a result of certain movements.... Read more
  • Perineum

    The area between the anus and the vaginal opening or the anus and the scrotum.... Read more
  • Morning After Pill

    Emergency contraception pill taken after condomless vaginal sex to prevent pregnancy from that one event. It’s more effective the sooner you take it, but can be used up to five... Read more
  • Menstrual Flow

    Blood, fluid, and tissue that are passed from the uterus out of the vagina during the beginning of the menstrual cycle. Often called a “period.” (see also menses)... Read more
  • Menses

    Blood, fluid, and tissue that are passed from the uterus out of the vagina during the beginning of the menstrual cycle. Often called a “period.” (see also menstrual flow)... Read more
  • Lubricant

    A substance that increases slipperiness and reduces irritation caused by sexual friction/rubbing. Natural lubricants are produced during arousal in the vagina and Bartholins glands on the vulva. Manufactured lubricants (lube)... Read more
  • Hymen

    A thin tissue that stretches across part of the opening of the vagina at birth. It gradually wears away due to hormones, discharge, general activity, masturbation or penetrative sex.... Read more
  • HBV (Hepatitis B Virus)

    A viral liver infection transmitted through blood, vaginal fluid, semen and saliva. Most people infected as adults will completely recover, but it can become chronic and even life-threatening. Vaccination is... Read more
  • Gonorrhea

    A bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can be transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral sex. It will usually cause significant pain passing urine and pus from the penis in... Read more
  • Genitals

    External sex and reproductive organs, commonly defined as the vulva, vagina in female-assigned people and penis, scrotum in male-assigned people.... Read more
  • G spot

    The G spot (or Gräfenberg spot) is an area of tissue, located about one-third of the way along the upper wall of the vagina. Stimulation of the G-spot can lead... Read more
  • What is oral sex?

    69-er, blow job, giving head, going down, peach eating. Yep, we’re talking oral sex. The official names are ‘cunnilingus’ (for vaginas) or ‘fellatio’ (for penises).  But let’s just stick to... Read more
  • Popping your cherry

    Ever heard the phrase “popping your cherry”? It’s slang for losing your virginity and refers to the tearing (stretching open) or “popping” of the hymen during vaginal sex (penis-in-vagina intercourse).... Read more
  • Let’s talk lube

    Lubricant, or lube, increases pleasure for girls and guys, during sex, making sex more comfortable and enjoyable. Lube is used to decrease friction, which means sex with lube won’t be... Read more
  • Foreplay

    Foreplay is usually a big part of sex – some might even say the best part.  What is foreplay? Foreplay builds sexual arousal and pleasure through physical and mental stimulation.... Read more
  • Sex toys – the low down

    Sex toys can bring extra fun to masturbating and sex. They’re not just for using alone – they’re also a lot of fun to use with someone else too.  Sex... Read more
  • Lumps, Bumps & Itching – Taking Care Down There

    It’s pretty easy to have a freak out when you find a strange lump or bump on or around your genitals. Luckily most of them harmless but it’s better to... Read more
  • Safe Sex Between Women

    Women who have sex with women are diverse. And sex between women is just as diverse. The risk of getting an STI or HIV depends on what kind of sex... Read more
  • Where did the Condom go?

    So you’ve just had sex, but the condom has disappeared? No need to freak out, here are a few steps you can take. Find the condom The first thing you... Read more
  • What does the word “sex” mean to you?

    Have you just started our ‘Have I got an STI?’ quiz but you’re not sure if the questions apply to you? That’s because sex isn’t quite as simple as it... Read more
  • Speculum

    A plastic or metal instrument used to hold open the walls of the vagina so a health care provider can examine the vagina and cervix.... Read more
  • Menstruation

    The flow of blood, fluid, and tissue out of the uterus and through the vagina that usually lasts from three to seven days.... Read more
  • Fingering

    Slang for stimulating a vagina and/or anus with finger(s) either on yourself or another person.... Read more
  • Douche

    A spray of water or solution of soap or medication into the vagina or anus.... Read more
  • Dildo

    A penis-shaped sex toy used to stimulate the vagina or anus.... Read more
  • Cunnilingus

    Using the mouth to stimulate the clitoris, vulva and vagina for sexual pleasure. Also known as oral sex.... Read more
  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Australia. It can be transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral sex. It is curable with antibiotic medication.... Read more
  • Cervix

    The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus at the end of the vaginal canal. It has a small opening that allows menstrual blood to pass from the uterus... Read more
  • 10 ways to be better in bed – via GIF

    Want a session you’ll never forget? 1. Talk Talking about sex, makes the actual sex better. Share what you like and don’t like. 2. Laugh Let’s face it. Sex has... Read more
  • Nurse Nettie reveals the top 10 questions for 2017

    Nurse Nettie is a sexual health nurse who has heaps of experience. She’s the perfect person to give you the very best advice for taking care of yourself and playing... Read more
  • Vaginismus (painful sex)

    I was recently diagnosed with Vaginismus, which is defined as involuntary spasm/contraction/reflex of the muscles surrounding the entrance to the vagina, making penetration impossible and/or painful. So in other words... Read more
  • First-Time Sex Worries?

    What were/are your biggest worries about having sex before your first time? Any particular worries for a specific act? Or any that you found you really didn’t need to worry... Read more
  • STI and HIV info

    Hello all, Need advice on the below random questions 1. Can a person (Male) gets infected with HIV, by having unprotected Oral Sex with a Sex Worker ? I googled a... Read more
  • The Big O… Orgasms!

    Let’s talk about the big O – Orgasms! What is an orgasm? Having an orgasm or “coming” is what happens when you hit your sexual climax. It’s an intense feeling... Read more
  • bumps ??

    hello, first time asking a question but i hope i can find some useful info (im a tiny bit embarrassed) so i was wondering how bumpy the inside of your... Read more
  • Itchy

    does anyone else get an itchy vagina? including on the insidehow do you find some sort of relief?did you find out what was making you itchy?... Read more
  • discharge

    hello everyone im new here and im very emabrrassed  and its disgusting as well but maybe someone could offer some advice…so…. im having alot of vaginal discharge- get theres different... Read more
  • Hepatitis – everything you need to know

    So what is Viral Hepatitis? Hepatitis is a viral illness that makes the liver sick. The three most common types are: A, B and C. Because of the job the... Read more
  • Please help I am loosing my mind…

    One month ago I had protected vaginal sex with sex a worker and unprotected oral sex and I swallowed her vaginal fluids. I am not sure if the condom was... Read more
  • Flavoured condoms

    I heard from a friend that using flavoured condoms for vaginal sex can cause infections from the flavoured lube, is this true?... Read more
  • Menstrual Cups

    If you’re not happy with using pads or tampons during your period anymore, it may be worth trying out a menstrual cup. What is a menstrual cup? Also known as... Read more
  • Tampon Vs Pad, which is safer?

    Tampon and pad, which  one is safer (from leaking) and easier to use? I never use tampon before, well I don’t like the idea of having a strange object in... Read more
  • Useful Links!

    Hi everyone :smiley:  Here is something I prepared earlier 🙂  Please let me know what else you want to see on the list!!  CondomsPenis 101Vagina 101Oral SexAnal sexPenile dischargeVaginal dischargeHerpesLumps and... Read more
  • Quick Links for common topics

    Hi everyone! :smiley: Just a reminder that here are some links that you can refer back to when answering questions!  Let me know what else you want to see here... Read more
  • Thrush

    It can often make women feel embarrassed, miserable and even dirty. But thrush, also called Candidiasis, is more common than you think! It happens in around 50% of women at... Read more
  • What is gonorrhoea?

    Hey, Nurse Nettie here for a quick chat about gonorrhoea or “Gono” for short. I’ve even heard it called the “Clap” (no round of applause please!). Gonorrhoea is an STI... Read more
  • Wrap your tool

    We’re all told time and time again to use condoms to reduce the chance of pregnancy and STIs. But it’s not very often we’re told how they work. Body fluids... Read more
  • Penile Discharge

    What’s normal? For guys, the urethra runs through the middle of the penis to the opening at the head of the penis (glans), and carries urine (pee) during urination or... Read more
  • What is herpes?

      Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types:  HSV 1 (usually known as cold sores) and HSV 2 (usually known as genital herpes). It’s... Read more
  • What is anal sex?

    Bottom, ring, anus, butt or arse… Whether male or female we all have one! And just like our genitals, our anus is very sensitive and can be part of sex.... Read more
  • What is contraception?

    Talking with your friends and supportive adults, and visiting websites such as Play Safe can help you make healthy choices about how to protect yourself if you’re sexually active. It’s... Read more
  • What are periods?

    Aunty Flo, rags, blob, shark week, have the painters in, closed for business, being a girl, opening the flood gates, the red river, leak week, that time of the month…... Read more
  • Small word. Big expectations.

      SEX. It’s amazing how such a small word can seem so huge. Sex can make us feel curious and excited. It can also make us nervous, embarrassed, and clueless.... Read more
  • Lumps & Bumps

    I’ve been getting questions lately from people worried about lumps and bumps on and around their genitals (penis, vagina, and anal area). To put you all at ease I asked... Read more
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