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We are the Hotbed Collective.
We are making life better one orgasm at a time with our podcast The Hotbed, and our new book More Orgasms Please: Why Female Pleasure Matters. We also have a decent Instagram account. We are Anniki Sommerville, Lisa Williams and Cherry Healey.

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June 7, 2018

The world is awash with people having aesthetic work done these days - the likes of Love Island, TOWIE and Made in Chelsea have normalised lunchtime lip-fillers and birthday Botox treatments so that I often look around the tube-carriage and wonder if I’m the only perso...

April 9, 2018

The problem with couple’s retreats is that you have to go as a couple.

The concept is a noble one: take a couple away from their normal environment, give them two days when they don’t have to worry about washing pants or what to get in for dinner. Throw in some therapy...

April 2, 2018

Phowar he's a bit of alright. 

He's more than alright.

Oooh he's a sort.

I love a man with chubby thighs.

God a man who is just starting to lose his hair.

God that's gross.

No a ginger man. 

Like Prince Harry.


A man who is bossy.

A man who is the singer in a band.

A skin...

March 3, 2018

So this week we tackle another sex problem with our resident expert Dr Karen Gurney.  She's also known as @thesexdoctor on Instagram, and director of the Havelock Clinic. There is no question too big or too small for Dr Karen so get in touch if you want to share and we...

If you’ve listened to our podcast The Hotbed, you will probably have heard the episode Pelvic Paw Patrol, in which we talk to Dr Amal Hassan and post-natal doula and personal trainer Elizabeth Davies about all things pelvic floor. They talk about how pelvic floor dysfu...

February 25, 2018

We want The Hotbed to be inclusive and have male and female perspectives on sex and relationships. In this post a Dad shares his experience of going through a sex break with his wife and how he looks forward to things picking up again. It's important that we keep these...

January 26, 2018

I was thinking the other day how it's only really recently that I've realised how much my hormonal cycle has impacted my love life. Like most women my age (40, as of this month), I was on the pill from my teens which probably suppressed the symptoms of a normal menstru...

January 19, 2018

Candice Brathwaite is a Presenter, Writer and co-founder of online campaign #MAKEMOTHERHOODDIVERSE. 29 years old and currently pregnant with her second child, she uses Instagram Stories to speak with two thousand women per day during her virtual chat show ‘TEATIME!’ Sh...

January 15, 2018

I wasn’t a particularly early starter, but I always looked older than my age so found that men were hassling me for sex from about thirteen. It didn’t help that I went out to clubs in Soho, and lied about my age, and wore platform shoes and had enormous hair (though I...

January 10, 2018

Well maybe not actually turning 40. I’m sure as I headed through my late 30’s it got better. And if you’re not there yet and you’re filled with fear at the thought of aging, I’m here to tell you, you have nothing to worry about. Last night my husband and I had sex. Act...

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About us

We are Anniki and Lisa, and we want to talk about sex. Sex after a 14-hour day of work and parenting. Sex rather than watching five hours of Breaking Bad. Sex after ten years of being in the same bed as each other. Sex when you're single but none of your friends are. We want to talk about sex without even mentioning penis straws. Like actual grown-up sex. Thank you. Please join in. It's not always easy to talk about it but it's much easier to talk about it together. #backinthesack. 

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