Welcome to The V, our weeklong series devoted to all things sex and reproductive health. This is a safe space free from "taboos," because there's no reason anyone should feel awkward talking about their bodies. That said, we'll be clearing up any misinformation on the subject, starting with this huge misnomer: The "V" in this case doesn't refer to the vagina, but the vulva, which is the anatomically correct term for external female genitalia (including the opening of the vagina). Stay tuned all week for need-to-know guides on birth control, tips for taking your orgasm to the next level, real-life stories about endometriosis, and everything in between.
Original Illustration by Lauren Johnstone
It can happen to any of us: Things are going great in your relationship… until they aren't. Your sex life can dwindle for any number of reasons—you get busy, stressed, exhausted, or a mix of all three. But there are ways to make things a bit more interesting.
First thing: Communicate with your partner. If you're feeling off, chances are your S.O. feels it too. After you've talked, it's time to look into some options. I reached out to a few experts on the subject for tips on easy (but effective) ways to get back on track. Unequivocally, they cited meditation as a really valuable option. Find the best meditation technique for your personality, and keep reading to find out why it works.