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What's noteworthy: You'll have to enter your age and gender to access the app, but there's no age restriction to access health information (for example, we tried both ages 12 and 21 and couldn't find a difference in the info given). You also have to enter your gender (female, male, or "other"), and from there, the app takes you to common questions about topics like birth control, pregnancy, and LGBTQ health. If you don't see your question listed, you can also submit one to be answered.
What you should know: Weirdly enough, there are zero "common questions" listed under the LGBTQ health section, which seems egregious. You can also use the app to find nearby health centers whether you want to find one close to work, school, or your home. Services at these centers are available regardless of whether or not you have insurance, though keep in mind you'll likely incur fees.
What's noteworthy: If you've ever had an embarrassing sex question — and let's face it, we all have — Juicebox is here to be the best friend who has your back and doesn't spill your secrets. The app functions as a Q&A for users to ask questions and get answers from "sexperts." You can ask your own questions, or browse through some commonly asked questions.
What you should know: There's also a community forum in which you can ask questions or share experiences with other users.
What's noteworthy: With Maven, you won't even need to leave your bed to see a doctor. The app allows you to choose your health concerns and be given a few options for expert doctors to FaceTime with. And sexual health isn't the only thing Maven offers doctors for. It also allows you to choose from categories like fitness, period concerns, emotional wellness.
What you should know: It does cost a decent amount of money: One session with a doctor will run you about $35, and if you need another, that'll obviously be more money out of your pocket. That may be cheaper than many IRL sessions if you don't have health insurance, though, so it's your call (literally).
My Sex Doctor Lite
What's noteworthy: To use the app, you have to agree that you understand that it's for informational purposes only, and isn't a substitute for actual medical diagnoses, which seems prudent. You can search through a variety of "topics" such as menstruation and sexual orientation. There are also more sub-questions under those categories that the app answers for you, such as "what does queer mean?" or "how long is a menstrual cycle?" There's also a dictionary that you can search through, with terms like "asexuality" and "spontaneous erection." And with its comprehensive symptom checker, you can enter in a symptom to see if it might be related to a sexually transmitted infection (just don't psych yourself out too much).
What you should know: There are two other versions of the app, My Sex Doctor, and My Sex Doctor Plus, though My Sex Doctor Lite is the only free one.
What's noteworthy: This app, created by the University of Oregon, is basically a Wheel Of Fortune for all your sexual health questions. You can "spin" a pair of wheels by choosing a body part (like your mouth) and another object or body part (ranging from someone else's mouth to a sex toy).
And with each pair of options, it also offers you the STI risks that come with the interaction, some safer sex practices to consider, and advice from experts.
What you should know: It also comes with a disclaimer that every app really should come with — before even getting through the app, you have to agree to the terms: "By clicking Continue, you agree that you will express and obtain explicit consent from everyone involved before engaging in a sexual act. Explicit consent means voluntary, non-coerced, and clear communication that indicates a willingness to engage in a particular act."