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Period products: luxury to necessity

Scotland has become the first country in the world to introduce universal access to free period products. According to the bill that was passed in Holyrood on Tuesday night, November 24, it is legally required to ensure everyone who needs such products has access to them. It is the outcome of the 4-year-campaign led by […]

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Reusable menstrual products are not all-powerful for everyone

Ecofeminism links the eradication of period poverty to the liberation of women. The solution to period poverty? Reusable menstrual hygiene products. Menstrual cups and reusable sanitary pads can be used repeatedly for years at a time before they need to be replaced, thereby also reducing the amount of plastic waste that is produced. Menstrual hygiene […]

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Has medical advice on taking the pill been wrong all this time?

When the contraceptive pill, or ‘the pill,’ first came onto the market in 1960, it revolutionised women’s sexual freedom. Now, over 100 million women globally use the pill as a contraceptive method as well as a way in which to control and regulate their periods. However, new guidelines from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive […]

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Under Threat: eco-friendly alternatives to pads and tampons

At Lifestyle, we are starting a series exploring the issue of sustainability and how small changes can result in us leading more sustainable lives. Each article will cover a different area of everyday life and what changes can be made to limit your individual impact on the environment. We aim to make these changes as […]

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Free sanitary products are a long-needed step in the right direction

As noxious as they are, the issues around sanitary products run so much deeper than some off-colour period jokes made by men who may have never been near a woman. The Scottish Government propose to spend £5.2 million on providing free sanitary products for women – and it could not come sooner. If you aren’t […]

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Toxic Shock Syndrome and our fear of tampons

Opening a box of tampons for the first time can be intimidating. You may not have used them before, you may be quite young and you may be scared about whether or not they’ll hurt to use. The first item that will reveal itself upon tearing open the lid will not provide much comfort. Since […]

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Making periods effortless for every body

Many people face the monthly menstrual struggle of periods: from bleeding and cramps, to violent mood swings. Periods can cause a recurring disruption to everyday life, and many rely on hormonal birth control to regulate bleeding and regain control over their bodies. However, for those who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB), periods are more […]

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Period problems: Megan’s menstrual cup review

Lifestyle writer Megan Burton shares her experience of using a menstrual cup for the first time, providing The Student with the lowdown of the cup’s compatibility with student life. Period problems I hate buying period products. I hate the lengthy process of going into Sainsbury’s, trying to subtly pick out a box of tampons, burying […]