• Q&A: I Got A Long Cut In My Vagina During Sex

    Vaginal and vulvar cuts usually heal within a few days, but longer cuts can take a longer amount of time.

  • Q&A: I Experience Vaginal Tearing During Sex, Even With Lubricant

    There are some genital skin conditions that make the genital skin more vulnerable to cuts and tears. One such condition is called lichen sclerosus.

  • Q&A: My Partner Experiences Pain During Penetrative Sex

    Chronic vaginal or vulvar pain is experienced by about 10 to 15% of women in the United States.

  • Q&A: Strong Genital Odor And Oral Sex

    All women have some type of vaginal odor. Interestingly, doctors are trained to be able to distinguish common odors from odors that signal a health problem.

  • Q&A: Genital Itching and Burning After Sex

    A female reader wonders why she is suddenly having genital irritation (burning) after sex.

  • Q&A: Why Is There A Strong Odor During Sex?

    Strong odors during sex - how to tell a partner that something smells off and what some smells might indicate about your genital health.

  • Q&A: Clitoral And Vaginal Dryness, Vaginal Discharge

    A female reader has concerns about vaginal dryness and what certain types of discharge around her clitoris might mean.

  • Q&A: Yeast Infection From Oral Sex?

    Information about the various causes of yeast infections and the possibility of cunnilingus causing a yeast infection in a female partner.

  • Are You Curious About the Clitoris?

    Many women and men are curious about a woman's clitoris - after all, it is sometimes described as a woman's "pleasure center."

  • Q&A: Dry Vaginal Lips, Preventing Dry Itchy Vagina

    Dr. Debby Herbenick answers a reader's question about preventing vaginal dryness or treating dryness in and around the vagina or vulva.

  • Q&A: Semen Allergy: Could I Be Allergic to My Boyfriend’s Semen?

    Dr. Debby Herbenick answers a question from a female reader who is having a reaction to her partner's semen. Could it be a semen allergy?

  • Q&A: Vaginal Tearing and Healing Time

    A reader asks: what causes vaginal cuts or tears and how long do they usually take to heal?