Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Health & Sex

Font Size

What We've Learned From 'Sex and the City'

From sex toys to infertility, HBO comedy raises awareness of sexual health.

There's Something About Miranda

Miranda Hobbes (played by actress Cynthia Nixon) "is a smart, professional woman and the one of the four women who has the most educated professional background, but she seemed to find it mutually exclusive to a partner," Saltz says. "Women are afraid that if they have a driving profession, they can't have a man too," she says. "It is something that women worry about and it's good to bring up the conflict, but Miranda really lived it out."

However, eventually Miranda did wed her baby's father and true-love bartender Steve Brady (played by actor David Eigenberg) and the family migrated to Brooklyn.

Her Baby's Father?

Miranda became pregnant after having sex with her ex following his diagnosis with testicular cancer. At the time, the two had no plans to get back together.

All's well that ends well, but "talking about the fear of being a parent alone is great," Saltz says.


"It's wonderful how they go into things like how women with vulvodynia are highly upset and disrupted in their emotional and sexual lives and also tell you how little the medical establishment knows of the problem," says Schwartz. She is referring to Charlotte's diagnosis of vulvodynia after reporting symptoms of vaginal burning, itching, and stinging to her gynecologist. Vulvodynia is a sharp, knifelike, or burning pain around the opening of the vagina that is often unexplained.

"It's very useful to get vulvodynia out of the proverbial closet," she says.

The National Vulvodynia Association, however, thought that this portrayal did women a disservice. On the show, the doctor told Charlotte that the condition is mostly just uncomfortable.

But for many women with vulvodynia, this can't be farther from the truth, according to the organization, which is based in Silver Spring, MD.

"Sex and the City failed miserably at portraying the serious and complicated nature of this condition, particularly when the show's gynecologist indicated that it's easy to treat," says Phyllis Mate, executive director of the National Vulvodynia Association, in a news release.

But it did get people talking about vulvodynia, experts agree. In fact, it got us talking about a lot. Fetishes, swinging, homosexuality, and anal sex -- you name it, and the show covered it in some fashion over the past six seasons, and for sure they spiced up water cooler conversation on Monday mornings.

"Sex and the City is a terrific lightning rod that way," says Schwartz.

1 | 2 | 3

Today on WebMD

couple not communicating
How to tell when you're in one.
couple face to face
Get your love life back on track.
couple having an argument
Turn spats into solutions
couple in argument
When to call it quits.
Life Cycle of a Penis
HIV Myth Facts
How Healthy is Your Sex Life
Couple in bed
6 Tips For Teens
Close-up of young man
screening tests for men
HPV Vaccine Future