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Why are periods still not taken seriously?

England’s latest policy review puts Women’s health and safety on the line. Recent statements from Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann are just another reminder that our society still has a long way to go before it achieves gender equality. Turning down a proposal to make period products free in all schools, colleges, and public […]

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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 […]

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Writer Flo Perry talks stigma, sexpectations and feminist sex

We’ve all sat through that one painfully awkward sex education lesson, blushing and suppressing giggles as our friend fumbles with a condom stretched over a phallic piece of fruit or veg. We might have shuffled uncomfortably and stared at the floor as our parents tried to explain the ‘birds and the bees’ using as many […]

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The contraception shortage endemic isn’t being taken seriously

As if accessing contraception could be any more of a drag, on the 6th of February, there was a declared shortage regarding a number of pills and injectable contraceptives. With next to nothing being done about it, it is high time for some moral and medical clarity on female contraception. Conclusive evidence of the effects […]

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Lifestyle Wellbeing

Spotlight on women’s health: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

There are many conditions and illnesses that affect women in particular, which are significant, but often go unnoticed. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects approximately one in five people in the UK at some point during their lifetime, and is most commonly found in young women under the age of 30. What can be dismissed as […]

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Demystifying smear tests: there is no reason to be embarrassed

According to a recent BBC article, around three million women across the UK have not attended their NHS-recommended smear test. A 2017 survey found that 35 per cent of women were too embarrassed to go because of insecurities surrounding their body shape, 34 per cent because of insecurities involving their vulva and 38 per cent […]

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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 […]