Bloody your pants — it’s time to fight

Ladies, ladies, the planet around us is dying. It’s time to do something. We all banded together to stop using plastic straws (even if the paper ones do get a bit soggy in our mojitos) and since our switch, the turtles have completely stopped dying. We need to do the same but this time for […]

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Endometriosis: let’s talk about it

March is the awareness month for endometriosis, a chronic gynaecological condition that affects 1 in 10 people who menstruate. At those odds, we all know someone living with the condition – so why do many of us know nothing about it? Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows […]


The pill: past and present

2021 marks 60 years since the pill was first made available to women in the UK. It is fair to say that the pill has changed our society and women’s place in it, affording us the ability to choose when to start a family, to have control over painful periods, to pursue further education or […]


Menstruation: Let’s talk about it

Judy Grahn, an American poet, wrote: “Menstrual Blood is the only blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken about and almost never seen…”. Menstruation stigma is a form of sexism. With negative taboos surrounding us, society has understood menstruation to be […]


New Scottish law makes history with period product bill

The Period Products Bill recently passed Stage 1 as February came to a close, setting Scotland on track to ending period poverty. The Bill is for an ‘Act of Scottish Parliament to secure the provision throughout Scotland of free period products’, introduced by Monica Lennon MSP. If introduced completely, it will be ground-breaking and will […]

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Endometriosis: more than just period pain

Despite the feminist progress we have made in the past century, the male body still dominates the world of medicine. As Caroline Criado Perez points out in her recent book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in the World Designed for Men, medical students learn about “anatomy and female anatomy”. This leads to a situation where […]


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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Bloody Hell: a discussion of PMS and what it really means

Premenstrual syndrome, commonly referred to as PMS, is the kind of thing that everyone should’ve been taught about in sex-ed but instead, we were given a couple of tampons and that was the end of it. Despite the many peer-reviewed research papers that have been published over the last century, some people still insist that […]