More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Fewer women are dying in child birth, more girls are going to school, increased numbers of women are taking on roles in public office, there are more female entrepreneurs and less poverty. But significant challenges remain, and we are still a long way from achieving universal access to reproductive and sexual health and the realisation of reproductive rights for all.

Protecting Pregnancies With a Slice of Bread - Why We Should Back Flour Fortification

Clare Murphy | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Clare Murphy

There are many circumstances that affect whether a woman decides to end a pregnancy which we simply can't change. We can't conjure up the financial security she wants before she brings a child into the world, however important the campaign for secure maternity benefits and high quality, affordable childcare.

Did Obama Bring Up Condoms With The Pope?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

With beaming smiles, Barack Obama and Pope Francis have emerged from their first 52-minute discussion in the Vatican. But while controversial subje...

How Did The Contraceptive Pill Transform Society?

Katharina Grimm | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katharina Grimm

The pill revolutionised sex and the way women lived their lives. In 1971, just ten years after the pill was introduced in the UK, 47% of babies were born to women under the age of 25. By 2008, this percentage had dropped to 25%.

New Contraceptive For Women Protects Against HIV As Well As Unwanted Pregnancies

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new contraceptive designed especially for women will protect not only against pregnancies, but also HIV. Scientists have created the device, whic...

The Most Cringey Condom Ad That Your Eyes Will Never Be Able To Unsee

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's not mature, but when it comes to thinking about our parents having sex, we assume they have Barbie and Ken genitals (i.e, none) and conceived us ...

Contraceptive Pills Double Risk Of Blood Clots

PA/The Huffington Bell | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women who take Britain's most popular contraceptive pills are being warned they risk potentially life-threatening blood clots. All GPs have been or...

Why Older Isn't Wiser When It Comes to Our Sex Lives

Genevieve Edwards | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Genevieve Edwards

Research published this week by Marie Stopes shows that of 4,000 adults not trying for a baby, a third of women and almost half of the men had unprotected sex at least once in the past year. And here's the surprising part. Around eight out of 10 of those having unprotected sex said they believed it was "very unlikely" that it would result in pregnancy or they'd contract a sexually transmitted infection. When it comes to our sex lives, it seems we cross our fingers and hope for the best. Yet 185,000 women accessed abortion services last year, which suggests that for quite a lot of us, it does happen. Half a million STIs were diagnosed last year too, some of them incurable and life-threatening.

What Took Them So Long to Develop a Male Pill?

Helen Croydon | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Croydon

When scientists announced this week that the male contraceptive pill is a step closer to being developed my first thought was 'It took them 52 years since the female pill to get this far.'

Male Contraceptive Pill 'A Step Closer'

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A male Pill that provides a safe, effective and reversible method of contraception has been brought a step closer by scientists. Researchers identi...

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Your Teenager Becomes Sexually Active

Suzi Godson | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Efforts to persuade teenagers to have safe sex and to use health-screening services seem to be having a positive effect. Looks like that bloke who said "education, education, education" might have gotten something right after all. So, if you have a teenager, here's ten things you need to know before they become sexually active.

Prolonged Use Of The Pill Could Affect This Part Of Your Body

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Long-term use of the contraceptive pill doubles the risk of a leading cause of blindness, a study has shown. Scientists warned that the Pill may pl...

WATCH: New Durex Advert Reminds Men How Annoying Kids Can Be

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Kids! They're adorable... but also, sometimes, irritating. Yes, if you want to put men off unprotected sex, simply remind them of some of the downside...

What does Malala Yousafzai's story have to do with World Population Day?

Richard Ottaway | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Ottaway

This year on World Population Day let us celebrate the unrivalled success that humankind has had in making the world its home, and in enabling civilisation to thrive... It's in all of our interests for us to achieve what we agreed in London a year ago. Let us make the pledges of the London Family Planning Summit a reality.

It's Time For a New Debate on Contraception

Nash Riggins | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

Sex is a part of life, and women need to be aware of how they can effectively use contraception - and more vitally, how said contraception may not directly contradict their religious views. People live and die by the way governments and religions alike try to sweep debates on sex and contraception under the rug - so it's time to stop dismissing these topics as 'taboo'.

'Tis the Season to be Finger Wagging at Women

Clare Murphy | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Murphy

We see women who have become pregnant not long after giving birth, not realising how quickly fertility returned, or after misinformation about the protection breastfeeding provides against pregnancy. Sadly we also see women who simply haven't been able to negotiate contraceptive use with a reluctant partner, as well as women for whom a much wanted pregnancy is no longer possible after a dramatic change in personal circumstances. A recently conducted audit of all women contacting bpas for advice in 2011 found nearly two thirds were using contraception, including condoms, pills, patches and coils, when they became pregnant.

Slut Shaming And Sexual Bullying: Girls Face Struggle At Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

Young girls and women are subject to "slut shaming" and sexual bullying in schools, according to research from an academic and former advisor to the H...

Providing Contraception Through School-Based Sexual Health Services

Simon Blake | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Blake

Evidence shows that high quality sex and relationships education, provided by parents and at school, combined with access to free, confidential sexual health services delays the age young people first have sex and increases the likelihood they will use contraception when they do have sex.

'You Deserve To Know The Truth About Contraception' Catholic Nuns Warn

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK

You deserve to know the truth about contraception! The truth being that it makes women unattractive! That it turns men gay! That it makes men have sex...

Sexual Health Awareness Week: Contraception Myths

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

With the wealth of information available nowadays at the mere click of a button, it's astounding to hear how many sexual health misconceptions are sti...

Scientists Raise Hopes For Male Contraceptive Pill

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle

American scientists have used a pill developed to block a cancer-causing gene to interrupt sperm production, offering the very possibility for the fut...

My Very Own 'Arab Spring'

Lana Citron | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Five weeks accidentally pregnant - Once again at the hospital I lay prone on a bed, my legs hung in stirrups with a blanket covering my modesty. The doctor was in a buoyant mood. It turned out his native Libya, much like my body, was undergoing revolution.

Who Can Possibly be Against 50 Million Fewer Abortions?

Jenny Tonge | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Politics
Jenny Tonge

In reality no-one is "pro-abortion," but rather we, along with the mainstream populace of the vast majority of the developing world, are "pro the right to abortion." Each woman should be allowed and empowered to make her own decision as to whether she continues her pregnancy - according to her health, her morals, her religion, her resources and all the other circumstances she finds herself in.

School Bans Anti-Abortionist Group Over 'Controversial' Presentation

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A school banned anti-abortion charity Lovewise from further visits after the group caused "considerable controversy" among students, the Huffington Po...

Planning for Family Planning - Walking the Talk of the London Summit

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

It's clear that last week's London Family Planning Summit was a success. The vibe at the Summit was electric with many global leaders making big promises. A massive well done to Melinda Gates, who nudged world leaders to pledge more $2.8 billion in support of family planning up to 2020.