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LAMThe Lactation Amenorrhea Method is a natural, short term birth control method in which a woman relies on exclusive breastfeeding after birth to prevent pregnancy.

LAM stands for Lactational Amenorrhea Method

L = Lactational means breastfeeding
A = Amenorrhea means having no monthly period
M = Method

Lesbian A woman who is emotionally and sexually attracted to other women.

Libido Your sex drive.

Lubricant (lube) A thick liquid or gel that is used inside or outside of condoms (male and female) and dental dams to make sex more comfortable and enjoyable.

If you're having anal sex, make sure to use lots of lubricant. You should also use water-based lubricants only because oil-based lubricants - like Vaseline, mineral oil, baby oil, vegetable oil, massage oil - can break down the latex used in condoms.

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Masturbation A form of sexual pleasure where a person touches or rubs his or her own genital area - penis or clitoris. It can be done alone or with someone else. If two people masturbate with each other, it's called mutual masturbation.

Monogamous Relationship A committed relationship where both people date and have sex with only each other and no-one else.

'Morning After' Pill Clinically known as the Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP), the morning after pill reduces the chances of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse.

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Oral Sex A sex act that uses the mouth and tongue to stimulate the genital area (penis or vagina) or anal area. It's also known as 'going down' or a 'blowjob.'

Orgasm A term used to describe the height of sexual arousal for men and women. It's sometimes called a 'climax.' Men usually ejaculate (cum) during an orgasm and some women release a fluid when they reach orgasm.

Outercourse Being intimate with someone without having sex - including oral sex - by simply kissing, hugging, or giving a massage. Outercourse is also sometimes called 'petting.'

Over-the-Counter Medication that you can get without a doctor's prescription.

Ovulation When an egg is released from an ovary.

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Pap Test A test that is used to detect changes in the cells of a woman's cervix. Changes in a woman's cervix can be an early sign of cancer. It's important to get a Pap Test every year whether or not you're having sex.

Patch (the Transdermal Contraceptive Patch) A hormonal birth control method used by only women. A woman wears the 4 cm square patch on her body for one week at a time.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) An infection in a woman's reproductive organs. PID is very painful and can lead to infertility.

Pre-Ejaculate The liquid that comes out of the penis during the sexual arousal period before ejaculation. Pre-ejaculate does contain semen and bacteria, so if two people are having vaginal sex without using a condom, the woman can still get pregnant and either partner can still get an STI.

Pubic Lice (Crabs) Also known as 'Crabs,' pubic lice are a specific form of lice. Crabs are usually found in the pubic area where they attach to the short, coarse pubic hair. You can get crabs when you have sex with a person who has crabs or by sharing bedding, towels or clothing with a person who has it.

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