Be­tween friends

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Talk­ing to your part­ner about your sex life brings many ben­e­fits, but talk­ing to your friends may also help. A study in the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Sex­ual Health sur­veyed more than 600 women on how often they talked to their fe­male friends about sex and what these con­ver­sa­tions in­volved – top­ics such as gen­eral sup­port, and ad­vice about spe­cific ac­tiv­i­ties, STIs and birth con­trol. Those who were more open with their friends tended to have more sex­ual self-es­teem – feel­ing more con­fi­dent about how they ex­pressed them­selves in bed – and more self-ef­fi­cacy – be­ing con­fi­dent about pro­tect­ing their sex­ual health and ask­ing for what they needed to feel safe.

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