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Getting emergency contraception/abortion in Edinburgh

Living in a new city, it is important to make yourself aware of the services around you that you will need. Emergency contraception and abortion services may be vital in your time at Edinburgh. Naturally, condoms burst, pills are missed, and we just have unprotected sex and regret it later. That’s why we have alternative […]

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In Poland, the Handmaid’s Tale is now a reality

Imagine a world in which women cannot decide about their bodies, health, and future. Welcome to 21st century Poland. On the 22nd of October 2020 Poland’s government-controlled constitutional court has officially removed severe or fatal fetus impairment from the list of permitted grounds for abortion. From now on, abortion is only legal if the pregnancy […]

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Three years and still no diagnosis: my experience with the NHS

My first experience with birth control was when I was 17. I went into the nurse’s office alone without any real knowledge. All I knew is that I just wanted to regulate my periods. She didn’t talk to me for very long; she took my blood pressure and asked me as few basic questions. Then […]

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Sexist NHS ad promoting emergency contraceptives sparks outrage

The NHS has been lampooned this weekend for the emergence of highly sexist adverts promoting emergency contraceptives to young women, asking them whether they had considered that they would have to give up stilettos and lipstick if they were to become mothers. Because apparently young parenthood is a matter of consideration exclusively between a young […]

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An injectable contraceptive, with no hormonal side effects?

Men may soon have access to a new convenient option for male birth control. Scientists at the California National Primate Research Center have been running extensive tests on a product called Vasalgel. Designed to be safe, less invasive, and reversible, a small amount of the gel is injected into the vas deferens, the tube that […]

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We need to reevaluate the forms of contraception on offer

The recent trial of a men’s contraceptive pill has resulted in a 96 per cent success rate, heralding promises of a new form of contraception. Unlike the majority of birth control options, the new pill seeks to control the reproductive system of men not women, highlighting the gender bias in current birth control methods, where […]