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What you need to know about having a semen allergy

SEX INJURIES FEATURES: Cervix bruising, vaginal microtears, semen allergy
(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

The pull-out method is not something we’d recommend for the purposes of contraception.

But when you have a semen allergy, it becomes your go-to method of completion for reasons other than not wanting to get pregnant.

That’s because if the person I’m having sex with doesn’t have their timing spot on, or I decide to throw caution to the wind and let them come inside me, my vagina quickly turns into pure fire.

Not in a sexy way, as in ‘your vagina is pure fire’ (which it is, obviously).

In an excruciatingly painful, burning way.

That means that finishing… Read the full story

What Meghan Markle was wearing during her and Prince Harry’s Belfast visit and where to buy

Meghan Markle's style in Belfast today
Meghan’s chic style (Picture: Getty)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a surprise visit to Lisburn in Belfast, Northern Ireland today.

‘Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are visiting Belfast today for their first official joint visit to Northern Ireland,’ a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said.

‘Throughout the day, Prince Harry and Ms Markle will have the opportunity to meet members of the public, to learn how young people are shaping the future of Northern Ireland, and to visit some of the city’s most loved sites.’

Flourless fudgy brownie cookies and 9 other tasty treats you should be baking this Passover

Just make sure you have about 75 bags of matzo meal in the house and you should be good to go

I am not going to lie. Passover is not my favourite festival.

An event on the calendar where you have to thoroughly clean your entire house in preparation and you can’t eat bread and pasta is not always fun.

However, I have found that armed with some really good recipes, you can actually – well, almost – forget about the limitations of Passover and enjoy some delicious sweet treats.

Just make sure you have approximately 300 eggs and 75 bags of matzo meal in the house and you should be good to… Read the full story

Family convert school bus into a seriously stunning modern home

MEET the British woman who packed up her life with her American family into a stunning converted school bus and travelled around the country. Debbie Mayes (33), from Wigan, UK, met husband Gabriel (35), from Angleton, Texas, at a ministry school in Illinois and married after two years of dating. The couple now have four children ??? Gracen (10), Darby (7), Deacon (5), Jovey (almost 2) ??? and made the decision to buy and refurbish a school bus after becoming miserable in their 5000-square-foot house. It cost ??27k to buy and convert the bus into a liveable space fit for their family and the refurbishment took six months. @themayesteam / mediadrumworld.comRead the full story

What is hypersexual disorder and how does it affect you?

*illustration request* 2. What is hypoactive sexual desire disorder?
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For some people, having a high sex drive is not a problem.

They can enjoy a busy sex life with either one partner or many and it is enjoyable, safe and satisfying.

But for some people the urge to have sex can have a detrimental effect on all aspects on their life.

Hypersexual disorder is not about having an incredibly high sex drive – it is an addiction which can wreck someone’s life much in the same way as any other addictions such as alcohol or drugs.

METRO GRAPHICSWhat is… Read the full story

Woman spends half a million to look like Kim Kardashian

PICS BY SUNNIE HEERS / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Jennifer who has spent over trying to look like Kim Kardashian-West went out into the desert near Las Vegas, to replicate the Kardashians famous naked photoshoot where all she wore was a white painted line) - A Kim Kardashian lookalike poses for naked shoot after recent face altering surgery brings total spent imitating idol to HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. Jennifer Pamplona, 25, from Sao Paolo, Brazil, glows as she shows off her curvaceous figure covered in only glittery paint for a shoot inspired by the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star. She has spent a staggeringUSD500,000(350kGBP) transforming close to every inch of her… <a href=Read the full story

Poo, sex and weaning: the top ten topics discussed by new mums

The top ten topics discussed by new mums (Alice Wright) Mum child kid children baby family mums parent mother Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk
Time for a chat (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

Thrust into the strange and confusing world of motherhood new mums will seek out others in the same boat to share concerns and discuss their little ones.

During such an odd time it’s only natural that you’d want reassurance about the new situation you find yourself in.

Whether online, in a baby-group or a coffee-shop gathering the conversation would be pointless and confusing to the uninitiated.

In fact most of it would seem squeamish, strangely scientific or silly.

But when you’re… Read the full story

Let’s talk about the ‘I didn’t rape you’ text

What you need to know about fantasies of being raped/nonconsent
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Let’s talk about the ‘I didn’t rape you’ text. 

The ‘I didn’t rape you text’ is a message that men send to women, the morning after they have sex with them, to make sure that there’s an evidence trail if the woman in question decides to falsely accuse him of rape.

If you read that and felt a bit queasy, you have my sympathy. I feel the exact same way. Hideous, right?

But, it’s something that men on the internet are discussing. So it’s something that we need to talk about.

A writer known as Kid Strangelove wrote the extremely… Read the full story

A Corgi is running for student president at this university

(Picture: Reggie Bee for CSG President/Facebook)

With today’s shocking news that one in 10 puppies in the UK are being dumped, it’s nice to see a dog coming out on top.

Reggie Bee is a therapy dog and resident campus Corgi at the University of Michigan in the US, and he’s got dreams – big dreams.

The pint-sized pooch is a popular mascot at the college, and he’s decided he wants to go one step further – by running for student government president.

‘The time has come to make our dreams of a more canine student government a reality,’ the dog’s Facebook campaignRead the full story

Mum uses breast milk to create amazing marbled glass keepsakes

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Helen Hancock is a professional glassblower. She also has two children, and having developed a passion for breastfeeding, she started working as a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor.

It only made sense to combine those two parts of her life.

Helen chose to do that not by breastfeeding while glass blowing (which would be pretty impressive, if dangerous), but by creating pieces of art by encasing other people’s breast milk in paperweights and bowls.

‘After having my two children, I’ve been working as a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor,’ Helen explains. ‘For some time, I put the idea of my glass blowing career to the back of my mind.

‘Since September last year, I… Read the full story

What do you do if your kids walk in on you having sex?

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Two women caring for their baby son illustrations (Lesbimums)

No one wants to reflect on the fact that their parents have sex. 

It’s the ultimate buzz kill. It’s also how you ended up on this planet, but let’s not reflect too much on that.

The reality is, parents have sex. Otherwise there would be no siblings. And a healthy, full sex life is an important part of keeping a marriage going. But what happens when that healthy, full sex life results in one of your little darlings walking in on you and your other half doing the nasty?

Well, it’s going to be a stressful situation.… Read the full story

Why do we fart, how to fart properly, and why other people’s smell worse than yours

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It might not be polite dinner conversation, and I’m sure you know someone who pretends they’re exempt from it, but farting is something we all do.

According to doctors, we need to release gas at least 10 times a day, which may seem like a lot.

However, if you’re keeping it to under 22 a day you should be otherwise healthy.

The study of farting is knows as flatology, and it’s concerned with the cause for this, and how to reduce flatulence in people having trouble with excess gas.

Woman holds funeral for her youth on 30th birthday

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Most people spend their teens wishing they were older, and then when they get older, they wish they were younger.

Humans are such fickle things.

Despite being lucky enough to make it to their 30th birthday, many people see it as a terrifying milestone, and one to dread.

Some people see hitting your 30s as the death of your youth, which might explain why one woman held an actual funeral for her youth on the big day.

Mila Blatova thought she’d celebrate her 30th by mourning the loss of being young, and donned black clothing and gothic balloons for the occasion. 

Can your doctor refuse to prescribe you the contraceptive pill if you’re due a smear test?

Some women said they wouldn’t get tested if they hadn’t had a bikini wax (Picture:The Image Bank/Getty)

If you’ve put off your smear test, we understand. We’ve all been there. 

But does refusing to get a smear test (which we all know we should and must do) mean that you should be deprived of access to contraception?

Apparently, according to one Mumsnet user, that’s what’s happening. She posted on the site asking: ‘Am I being unreasonable to think that they can’t withhold the pill unless I go for a smear? Which is pretty much what they told me.’

Reading this, it seemed unlikely that someone would have been told they had to… Read the full story

You can now buy sliced ketchup for your burger

Credit: Slice of Sauce
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If you’ve ever looked at a bottle of tomato ketchup and though, ‘God damn it, I wish you were sliced’, then your luck’s in.

American company Bo’s Fine Foods has developed a solid version of everyone’s favourite condiment, that comes in individual, portable packets.

This would really have come in handy for the corned beef and ketchup sandwiches I used to have as a kid – they were always so soggy come lunchtime.

Despite sounding like a bit of a monstrous food, the slices are actually all natural and preservative-free.

But how did sliced sauce come about?

Easter 2018: how to make vegan Easter chocolates

vegan easter chocolates recipe
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What do you think of when you hear the word Easter? While to some people the word conjures up images of chicks and bunnies, a big family roast dinner or an egg hunt to me it’s got to be chocolate.

vegan hot cross buns recipeHow to make vegan hot cross buns

These little Easter chocolates would make a wonderful gift for a vegan in your life – even if that person is yourself. They are so easy to make and low in sugar. I’ve flavoured mine with some orange extract because I love that chocolate… Read the full story

Cervical health: This is what to expect if you’re having a Lletz procedure

**Illustration request** Cervical health: This is what to expect if you're having a Lletz procedure (Rosy Edwards)
It’s odd but essentially pain-free (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

I’d never even heard of a Lletz procedure before I had one myself late last year.

That might just be me, though. I also thought Mount Everest was in the Peak District until I was 22.

What is cervical cancer, symptoms and how to book a smear test

A Large Loop Excision of the Transformation Zone – or LLETZ for short  – is the treatment most commonly used to remove abnormal cervical cells.

These are usually detected through… Read the full story

The relationship red flags that signal when your time as a couple is over

The relationship red flags you need to know (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

So I have this friend – let’s call her, err… Maud.

Maud and her boyfriend – who we’ll improbably name Skip – recently hit a rough patch and, through her tears, she confessed to me that she felt bored, questioned their compatibility and had been daydreaming about being single.

***FEE FOR REUSE*** Metro IllustrationsHow to end a relationship without being a total dick

As the flow of tears stemmed, she asked my advice – should she end the relationship? To which my answer was a clear and resounding… Read the full story

Gizmo the grumpy dog is judging you

Meet Gizmo The grumpy Griffon, whos constant grumpy expression has caught the eye of the internet. He lives San Francisco and despite the way he looks he actually a very happy dog (on the inside) his owner says he loves to explore new outdoor, nature and urban destinations, Currently, the Giz is a retired child star, enjoying life in the Bay Area, lying in fields naked, while being fed cheese and carrots. Gizmo has almost 100k followers on instagram. Splitpics.uk does not hold, assert or claim any Copyright or License in the attached image. Fees paid to Splitpics.uk are for services only. Such fee does not, nor is it intended to, convey… <a href=Read the full story

You can now visit Starbucks’ coffee farm in Costa Rica

The visitor center at Hacienda Alsacia, Starbuck's coffee farm in Costa Rica on February 26, 2018.
The farm’s visitor centre (Picture: Luanne Dietz / Starbucks)

It’s easy to forget when you’re handed your tall soy latte (in your reusable coffee cup) how much effort goes on behind the scenes to make your daily cup of joy.

And we’re not just talking about the hard slog the baristas put in, getting up at the crack of dawn so they can froth milk for hundreds of bleary-eyed commuters.

Coffee beans don’t just appear out of nowhere and jump into packets.

There’s actually a real science into growing different types of… Read the full story

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