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Ask a Clinician: How to Make Anal Sex Less Painful
"If you’re feeling anxious before engaging in anal play, or in your sex life generally, some things you can do to prepare to make you feel more relaxed include: taking a warm bath or shower beforehand, breathing techniques, and avoiding a large meal within an hour or two of sex. These things can also help you unwind before having other types of sex."
Ask a Clinician: Does Alcohol Make Depression Worse?
"If you’re experiencing feelings of depression, know you’re not alone. There are resources available to you."
Ask a Clinician: Do Muscle Relaxers Help With Period Cramps?
"Menstrual cramps are usually caused by uterine contractions, so muscle relaxants aren't helpful."
How to Support Your Transgender Child
"If you’re a parent to a young person, there’s a possibility they could come out as transgender and/or nonbinary. Even if you are not a parent—such as a family member, friend, or someone who works with children and adolescents—being a supportive adult and ally is still important."
Trans Youth Family Allies: The Importance of Social Affirmation and Caregiver Advocacy for Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Nonconforming Youth
"How can you better support LGBTQ+ youth—more specifically, transgender, nonbinary, and GNC youth—through social affirmation?"
How to Overcome Internalized Homophobia
"Homophobia is obviously all around us, but sometimes some of the most painful places of exclusion make home deep within our own minds and hearts. Because of this, internalized homophobia is inherently linked to mental health. Identifying these parts of your own sexual identity can be hard, but know that identifying that you may have internalized homophobia can be even harder."
Ask a Clinician: Can You Vape on Birth Control?
"If you vape or smoke tobacco, such as with electronic cigarettes/e-cigarettes or traditional cigarettes, there is certainly a prescription birth control method out there for you."
Don't Know What to Talk About in Therapy? Here's Where to Start
"Whether you’re contemplating therapy, looking for a therapist, or are already currently in talk therapy, it’s important to think ahead about what conversations you want to initiate in each session. Here are some tips for starting your next therapy session on the right foot."
How to Talk to Kids About Nontraditional Families
"Queer family structures and other modern families come in all different shapes and sizes."
Ask a Clinician: How Long After An Abortion Can You Have Sex?
"The 'general' guideline used to be after two weeks or until vaginal bleeding has stopped, but there isn’t any existing clinical evidence to support this."
How to Correct Someone When They Misgender You
"For International Pronouns Day, we asked the FOLX community on how they correct someone who misgenders them, how to practice self-care if you’ve been misgendered, and what advice they’d offer to allies who’ve misgendered someone."
Surgery Letters 101
"Not all medical providers are informed on WPATH guidelines or gender affirming care in general. That’s why it’s important to find a provider who is culturally competent and understands how to write a surgery letter."
Flying With Testosterone, Explained by FOLX
"Since testosterone is a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, it’s important to plan ahead and travel with your prescription drugs correctly."
Ask a Clinician: How Long Do You Have to Dilate After Bottom Surgery?
"Having a ritual can help your body relax and make dilation easier."
My Kid Came Out to Me as Trans/Nonbinary—Now What? Gender Affirming Care and Therapy 101 for Youth and Teens
"The ultimate goal of childhood and adolescence is for someone to grow into their true and authentic selves."