Would A Condom Emoji Encourage You To Have Safe Sex?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Hands up if you know what this means. C'mon now, don't play innocent. Sex can be illustrated in many emoji-filled forms. There's the banana,...

My Experience With an IUD

Shelby Welinder | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shelby Welinder

I couldn't imagine another week with the IUD in me, let alone three months. I'm having it removed, finally, in a few days' time, but I'm faced with yet another dilemma. Do I swear off IUDs for the rest of my pitiful existence? Or do I switch to the IUD I'd dreamed of, a copper coil, as the answer to my prayers?

Lost Libidos, Awkward Sex and Fertility Windows

Ella Mathews | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Mathews

Over the past couple of years, a combination of chronic pain, work-related stress, feeling miserable and all the associated medications have destroyed my libido. Obliterated it even, like sexual napalm.

What Guys Think When Women Ask Them To Wear A Condom

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An eye-opening video shows exactly what guys think about women who insist on using condoms. And, contrary to popular belief, they don't have a bad wor...

Staying Sane When Trying to Conceive

Ella Mathews | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Parents
Ella Mathews

'Relax', they say, 'it'll happen when you stop thinking about it'. I'm trying, I really am. But how do you strike a balance between optimising your chance of getting pregnant and staying sane?

Doctor, What Is My Cancer Risk if I am on the Pill?

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

There is some evidence to show that if women are on the Pill for more than ten years, they may be at a slightly higher risk from breast and cervical cancers, but it is possible that this is because these cancers tend to be picked up earlier as women on the Pill tend to have health check-ups more often.

Women Can Now Inject Contraception At Home

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Taking time out of a busy schedule to pick up contraception from your GP can be a pain. But now, there may be an easier way to avoid unwanted pregnanc...

Most Men Won't Take The Male Contraceptive Pill If It Becomes Available

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Ladies, don't get too excited about the prospect of a male contraceptive pill becoming available in the UK - new research shows that very few men wou...

Taking The Pill Has Prevented 200,000 Cases Of Cancer In 10 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK

Taking the Pill has prevented 200,000 cases of cancer over the past decade, a report published on Wednesday revealed. The study, conducted by the C...

Life Without Periods: Taking the Contraceptive Pill Back-to-Back

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

'Seriously, you mean I don't have to have a period every month whilst on the Pill?' 'That's correct, you don't have to bleed every month if you don't want to. In fact, you can safely take the Pill continuously without a break for as long as you are on the Pill'. Every time I give young women this information, I hear: 'Why have I not been told this before?

Would You Use A Spray-On Condom?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

We've all been through the motions of having to squeeze a heavily lubricated condom onto a banana in sex education class. But now, it looks like fu...

Planned Parenthood Helping to Fight the Steep Cost of Being Accountable for Your Own Sexual Health and Well-being

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

Myself and my small, close-knit ring of friends devoured the likes of Bliss, Sugar and J-17 for all our boy/girl insights and on occasion the more risky mag Look to study up on the Position of the Fortnight. Heady days indeed.

Finally! Male Contraceptive Pill (Not An Injection) Could Be On The Cards

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Since the invention of the female contraceptive pill 55 years ago, women have had to be in the driving seat when it comes to birth control. In fact...

If A Guy Ever Says He's 'Too Big To Wear A Condom' Show Him This

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has come up with the perfect response to any man who claims his penis is 'too big' to wear a condom - by stretching one over her entire arm. ...

The Male Pill Means Men Finally Have To Take Responsibility When It Comes To Contraception

Poorna Bell | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Two years ago we heard it was in the making (you know, only 52 years after the female pill), and now we have a name and a date. It's called Vasalgel, it may hit the market in 2017 and is being developed by the Parsemus Foundation.

Morning-After Pill Made Available For Girls Under 16

PA | By Nina Massey, Press Association | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For the first time, a morning-after pill that is effective for up to five days after sex has been made available to girls under the age of sexual cons...

Westerners Don't Appreciate How Amazing Contraception Is

Faustina Fynn-Nyame | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Faustina Fynn-Nyame

Women in the UK have such an advantage and they don't even know it. They are far more educated about contraception and can make more informed choices. We need to make sure that girls the world over have the same opportunities.

Is This The 'Next Generation' Of Condoms?

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Would you be more inclined to wear a condom during sex if it felt better than wearing nothing at all? Scientists from the University of Wollongong...

Adolescent Girls Need Access and Choice in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Michael Holscher | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Michael Holscher

Flexible and adaptable models must be developed to ensure broad access and choice. Health service teams must adapt their operations to meet the unique needs of adolescents and other underserved groups.

Could The Contraceptive Pill Give You Cancer?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The pill is the most popular form of contraception in the UK, but a new study has found long-term use of hormonal contraceptives can double the risk o...

So We Don't Have to Be 'Like Rabbits'. Phew.

Sally Fraser | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

We had been told about Natural Family Planning at marriage preparation but it was all a bit disgusting, (its not just dates and calendars you know, there is a big emphasis on mucous, its grim) and frankly I don't see the point.

Cash-Grabbing Catholics

Patrick Cash | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Patrick Cash

I won't indulge myself in my own personal problems with the Mass, how the language sounds to my ear a lot like lines Christopher Lee should be spouting whilst dancing around a windswept island in The Wicker Man ('It is right to give Him thanks and praise'), because I'll probably come across exactly as I am. A man who vehemently railed against his indoctrinal upbringing mid-teens when he realised his homosexuality made him, in the Dr Eckleburg eyes of the church, a sinner.

Could The Pill Be Responsible For Your Break Up?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The moment you come off your contraceptive pill could spell the end for your relationship, if this news is anything to go by... A study has suggest...

D-day for the Pill for HIV

Gus Cairns | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gus Cairns

So what just happened is that on 16 October the researchers behind the PROUD trial, in which 545 gay men in England were given daily pills of the anti-HIV medicine Truvada(R) either immediately or after a year's delay, announced that what had been intended as a mere pilot study had been so dramatically successful that they were offering all participants immediate PrEP...

Hopes and Dreams: It's Time to Act

Michael Holscher | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Michael Holscher

Hope has many faces. It is the face of a woman in Tanzania who has borne seven children and finally, for the first time in her life, has access to modern contraception. It is the face of an Ethiopian teenager, married off as a child, who decides to postpone her second baby until she can finish school herself.