Irina Gonzalez

Irina Gonzalez is a freelance writer and editor, focusing primarily on food, healthy living, relationships, travel, and Latinx issues. Her work has been featured in VICE, Glamour, Women's Health, Latina and more. When she's not working on her book about growing up Russian and Cuban, she's probably reading an audiobook or cuddling with the loves of her life: Her (new) husband Adam and their attention-loving kitties and pup.
Recent Articles

48 Little Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Relationship

Having a perfect relationship is pretty unrealistic since, as you probably already know, neither you nor your partner are perfect people. But that doesn't mean that your relationship should be all fights and no fun. In an ideal world (or at least the…
By Irina Gonzalez

18 Things Men Do In Bed That Women Seriously Don't Like

No matter how experienced you are in bed, there's always a moment that might make you question everything you ever knew before. Sometimes that moment is a good one and sometimes that moment is a bad one. Those bad moments can take you out of the mome…
By Irina Gonzalez

Can You Use Nipple Clamps When Pregnant?

If you're not into vanilla sex, you might wonder what kind of kinky play you can engage in during your pregnancy. Specifically, you might be asking, can you use nipple clamps when pregnant? For some couples, nipple play is the only way to get off. …
By Irina Gonzalez

11 Subtle Indications From Your Body That You're Doing Major Damage To Your Back

Back pain is a pain in the, well, you know. After a day of sitting at my desk all day and slouching over my computer as I type from sun up to sun down, I often rise from my seat with some serious soreness in my back. I know that having bad posture al…
By Irina Gonzalez

Experts Say This Is How Much Caffeine You Should Have In The 1st Trimester

When you become pregnant, you're life changes. All of a sudden, you have a laundry lists of things to do to prepare for your baby, and one of those things is watching what you eat and drink. If you frequent the nearest Starbucks, the you might be won…
By Irina Gonzalez

12 Lisa Frank Back To School Items That Will Melt Your '90s Kid Heart

Lisa Frank has been popular for decades, and with good reason. Its signature colorful creations brightened up the school days of many '90s kids. These days, Lisa Frank is seeing a resurgence thanks to good old nostalgia and an active Instagram accoun…
By Irina Gonzalez

This Is How Far In Your Pregnancy You Can Safely Have Sex

You've probably heard that having sex at the end of your pregnancy can induce labor. I, for one, first heard of this phenomenon when watching Friends. Frustrated by the fact that she's a week past the due date, Rachel tries everything from spicy food…
By Irina Gonzalez

What To Know About Anal Sex & The 1st Trimester

When you become pregnant for the very first time, you will likely have countless questions over the first few months. There will be questions about what you should eat, how your baby should be growing, and how your body will change over the next nine…
By Irina Gonzalez

7 Sex Positions To Try If You Have A Bad Knee & Doggy Style Won't Work

Sex can be tricky if you suffer from physical ailments, like bad knees. A stand-by like doggy style just isn't going to cut it if the thought of being on your knees for an extended period of time brings you pain. Instead, why not do something new and…
By Irina Gonzalez

21 Books Every Kid Should Read Before Kindergarten

Reading is an essential part of childhood, and is associated with many treasured memories. (I for one will always associate Dr. Seuss with bedtime rituals.) But as your little ones grow and begin to get ready to enter kindergarten, you might want to …
By Irina Gonzalez

The Sneaky Skin Problem You Forget About During Pregnancy

When you become pregnant, you might notice that your skin burns a little quicker, dries out a little faster, and breaks out a little more than before you were pregnant. Unfortunately, thanks to hormones, your skin undergoes many changes during those …
By Irina Gonzalez

23 Sexy Netflix Movies To Watch With Your SO That Are Better Than Foreplay

These days, when it's time to settle down to movie night with your significant other, turning on Netflix is pretty standard protocol. I know that it's the go-to for my partner and I, but often we get caught up watching the same old shows that we watc…
By Irina Gonzalez

Try These Sex Positions To Minimize Your Endometriosis Pain

Sex can be great, but it's not necessarily always pain-free — especially if you suffer from a medical condition that affects your sex life. If you have endometriosis, then you already know that sometimes sex hurts. Luckily, there is a way to find out…
By Irina Gonzalez

The Best Sleep Schedule For 12- To 18-Month-Olds, According To Experts

Babies need a lot of sleep, but the amount of sleep depends on their age. A newborn is going to have different sleep needs than a 6-month-old, a 6-month-old is going to have different sleep needs than a 12-month-old. . . you get the idea. If your bab…
By Irina Gonzalez

11 Played Out Tattoos That Tattoo Artists Are Sick Of Drawing

I've always loved tattoos and, as a child, spent days thinking about what my first piece of ink would be. After that happened at the age of 24, I went back to the parlor for two more. But as I get older (and hopefully a little wiser), I can't help bu…
By Irina Gonzalez

How To Explain High-Functioning Anxiety To People Who Think You “Seem Great”

Everyone gets a little anxious sometimes, like when they have to speak in front of a large crowd or are faced with life-changing health issues. But for some people, feeling anxious is simply a part of their day-to-day lives. So much so that they migh…
By Irina Gonzalez

Here's Why Your Vagina May Hurt Like Hell After Sex

Sex with your partner can be incredibly fulfilling. It can be loving and long, rough and quick, and anything in between. Unfortunately, the euphoria can quickly fade when you notice your vagina becomes sore in the minutes after. You might wonder what…
By Irina Gonzalez

8 Signs Your Pregnancy Nausea Is A Much Bigger Issue

Chances are, at least at some point, if you're pregnant you'll spend some time running to the bathroom to vomit. It's not pretty, or fun, but it's usually a normal part of growing a baby inside of your body. In fact, nausea and vomiting is a common s…
By Irina Gonzalez

What Is High-Functioning Anxiety? It’s Actually Really Dangerous

Have you ever been called a "Type A" personality, "anal retentive," find yourself always planning something, or consider yourself a perfectionist? Perhaps people love to point out that you always seem to be busy, or tell you you're very detail-orient…
By Irina Gonzalez

If You Can Answer These 25 Questions About Your Partner, Your Relationship Will Last

Falling in love is great and, if you're anything like me, you probably spent the beginning weeks or months of your relationship staying up late to talk about anything and everything. Eventually, though, those rose-colored glasses fall off and it's ti…
By Irina Gonzalez