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I am 50 and a lesbian. For the last three years, I've been with a woman I love very much. We have amazing sexual chemistry.

For the last two years, I have noticed that my clitoris is getting bigger, and the enlargement was a permanent thing. It gets much more erect than it used to and often throbs or twitches after I come.

I am enjoying the heightened sexual arousal, and my girlfriend is thrilled. But why/how is this happening? I hit menopause seven years ago, so it's not some hormone surge. Could our sexual connection cause this? I don't want to ask my gynecologist, though I did notice her checking out my equipment with wide eyes at my last checkup.

Stiffie Needs A Zipcode


"I always like to hear from people who are satisfied with their sex lives and relationships," says author, sex researcher, vulva-puppeteer and archrival sex-advice columnist Debby Herbenick, and I have to agree. Most of our mail comes from people who are unhappy. It's always nice to hear from folks who are having fun.

What's not so nice is that we sometimes have to tell happy-and-satisfied folks that something may be seriously wrong.

"I would strongly encourage her to ask her gynecologist about her enlarged clitoris," says Herbenick. "She should let her know when she first noticed this and roughly how much she thinks it's increased in size."

"You need your doctor to examine your clit and rule out various medical conditions that could cause hormonal problems," says Herbenick. "Sometimes these are benign health conditions; unfortunately, sometimes they include vulvar cancers, ovarian cancers and adrenal cancers."

Some women believe their clitorises "grew" after menopause, but that's not usually the case. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, other parts of the vulva -- such as the labia -- can become flatter or less prominent, which can, in turn, make the clitoris appear bigger. "However, she's been in menopause for a long time," says Herbenick, "and it sounds like the clitoral change happened well into menopause." And amazing sex does not supersize clits: "High levels of arousal usually result in only a temporary swelling of the clitoris," says Herbenick.

So make another appointment to see your doctor, "and keep asking questions until she's sure that medical conditions, such as cancers, have been ruled out," urges Herbenick.

And if your gynecologist doesn't want to discuss it or was too stupid to spot what could be a symptom of lady-parts cancers (!), get a new gynecologist.


My husband is awesome. Unfortunately, his dick is small. It wasn't so bad our first few years; he knows how to work what he's got. But then I had a baby, and I tore. A few days later, my stitches tore. A year later, Kegels aren't helping and both of us are having trouble getting off.

He enjoys anal sex, but it's not really fulfilling for me. I want to get a vaginoplasty to fit him, but I'll have to wait till we've saved up enough money. Please tell me how to have hotter sex with a small dick and a shredded kitty.



"Many women who have had multiple or traumatic births have some degree of prolapse," says Herbenick. (A uterine prolapse, says the Wiki, "occurs when the female pelvic organs fall from their normal position, into or through the vagina.")

"If she did have prolapse," says Herbenick, "she may be a candidate for anterior or posterior vaginal-wall repair, which is quite similar to vaginal 'rejuvenation' surgeries, and then insurance may cover the surgery.

"Some people will say that women shouldn't have surgery 'to please their man,' but I don't see that here," Herbenick adds. "I see two people who want better sex, and she may have experienced some physical changes that have affected that. There are ways to fix it."

Debby Herbenick is the associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, and the author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction -- a book I strongly recommend even though Debby once attacked me with a vulva puppet in a room full of people.


I live in Ann Arbor, Mich. Grange, a local restaurant, has a cocktail called "GGGinger." Is it possible for a cocktail to be GGG?

Curious Cocktail Connection


A cocktail can't be GGG, but a couple of cocktails -- enough to take the edge off inhibitions, not to make consent unpossible -- can induce GGG. And, I'm saddened to report, the GGGinger's Gs refer to three of the gin-based cocktail's ingredients -- ginger beer, candied ginger and ginger syrup -- and not to the Savage Love meme "good, giving and game." Still, Grange co-owner Brandon Johns is confident that his GGGingers have inspired GGG behavior all over Ann Arbor.

"It's been our most popular drink since we opened," says Johns, "so it must be doing something right."

And in other Savage Love memes ...

Former U.S. Senator and current presidential candidolt Rick Santorum "opened up" to Roll Call last week about his "longtime Google problem," a.k.a "the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex" and always the No. 1 search result when you Google the former senator's last name.

"It's one guy," Santorum told Roll Call. "It's unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues."

I have lots of issues. But I take particular issue with politicians who compare loving same-sex relationships to "man on dog" sex, as Santorum has done, or who would ban same-sex marriage and adoptions by same-sex couples, as he has promised to do if he gets elected president. But the Santorum campaign wasn't "one guy." A lot of people were involved -- from the Savage Love reader who first suggested we redefine the name to all the folks who've written about it over the years. (Thanks, Roll Call!)

We're going to be relaunching website that's still giving Rick Santorum fits -- -- in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!


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