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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

Aug 10, 2020

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion broke the internet and climbed up all the charts with the release of their new song WAP, which is an acronym for Wet Ass Pussy. Her we use the term SWAP, not only because we swapped out our photos for theirs in the artwork, but because herein we want to discuss the Science of Wet Ass Pussy. We start off with the definition of WAP and breakdown the discussed part of the female genitalia relevant to it. We learn that the key component to WAP is vaginal discharge as a lubricant. Dr. Ruth Arumala, black woman ob/gyn, gives us information about the contents of vaginal discharge and ways of supplementing it if one desires. Dr. Jasmine Abrams, an international behavioral research scientist, educates us on the research related to women's health as it relates to vaginal lubrication. We then end out the episode being educated by Portia Brown, a black woman sex coach and sex educator, who schools us on practical ways of loving and optimizing our body's vaginal lubrication. This is a research and education-based episode between women who also relate personally to the topic.

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E15 Of The Research Her. No Basic Vaginas. How to Avoid Bacterial Vaginosis w/ Dr. Ruthie Arumala

The Vaginal Microenvironment: The Physiologic Role of Lactobacilli

Dynamics of the Vaginal Ecosystem—Hormonal Influences


Come as you are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.

Pussy Prayers Black Girl Bliss

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