Contraception

Why I'm Fighting The Ultimate 'Sexist Surcharge'

Shamir Patel | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shamir Patel

Imagine the scenario: It's late at night and your partner wakes feeling desperately poorly with a headache. You run downstairs, check the cupboard, and realise that you're out of painkillers. Determined to help ease their suffering, you drive to the nearest shop, reach for the ibuprofen and take it to the till.

Sexclamation! - Part Four

Daisy Mae | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

Here's the thing - the choice of contraceptives now is quite baffling. I can see the mist of confusion settle on women's faces as I start working my way through the clinic leaflets, all about choice. I'm going to write this from the heart, having had 30 years experience as contraception lead for my team.

Stickers To Block A Man's Penis Hole Now Exist, But Sexual Health Experts Disapprove

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A sticker that covers a man’s penis hole to prevent pre-ejaculate from escaping is proving incredibly controversial, particularly among advocates of...

Boots Apologises Over Morning-After Pill Row And Says It's Looking For Cheaper Alternatives

Press Association | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for the way it responded to a campaign calling for it to cut the price of emergency contraception and announced...

Boots Accused Of ‘Straight Up Misogyny’ After Refusing To Make Morning After Pill Cheaper

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Boots has refused to drop the price of the morning after pill over fears it would “provoke complaints” and “incentivise inappropriate use”. Th...

Contraception 101: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Katie Grace | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

The education system should be equipping young people to deal with the real world, and this is a real issue that can have a massive impact on your life. While I don't expect Contraception 101 to replace History or Spanish, it could at least knock a few P.E lessons of the timetable.

Parents Share How To Make Sure You've Answered All Your Daughter's Questions About Periods

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents

Experts and parents agree the best way to talk about periods with your daughters is in an ongoing, chatty way, rather than a formal sit-down that can ...

Without Contraception, Ugandan Girls Are Seen As An Accident Waiting To Happen

Dr Carole Sekimpi | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Dr Carole Sekimpi

We know getting contraception to every woman who wants it is going to be a big challenge, one of the largest ever undertaken. I'm inspired by the future I see for my own daughters and I know we can do it. We have to do it.

The World Needs To Talk About Sex

Philip Goodwin | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Josaphine* was 13 when she started having unprotected sex. "I started having sex at the age of 13 with a 15 year old boy. In my community, most hous...

Half Of Women Who've Had Abortions Experienced 'Failed Contraception'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

More than half of women who had an abortion last year were using contraception that had failed, a new report suggests. According to data released by ...

Taking The Pill Could Increase Breast Cancer Risk More Than Previously Thought

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Taking the contraceptive pill could increase the risk of breast cancer more than previously thought, new research suggests. A study from the Universit...

You Can Now Buy Approved Vegan Condoms For 100% Guilt-Free Sex

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Vegans can now enjoy sex knowing that their contraception is free from animal by-products thanks to a new condom brand. The Green Condom Club has deve...

A Hormone-Free Contraceptive With Fewer Side Effects Than The Pill Could Be On The Horizon

PA | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Women who struggle with side effects of the contraceptive pill may soon have a new option, thanks to the discovery of a non-hormonal method of contrac...

Baffled By Contraception? Here Are The Pros And Cons Of 13 Temporary Methods

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to sex, the go-to contraceptive methods for many are either condoms or the pill. With the development of the male contraceptive pill hi...

Newborn Baby Holds The Coil That Should Have Prevented His Mum Getting Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has shared a photo of her newborn baby son holding the contraceptive device he shared a womb with. Lucy Hellein, from Alabama, US, had become pr...

Contraceptive Pill Protects Against Some Cancers 'For At Least 30 Years'

Press Association | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Women who take the contraceptive pill are protected from some types of cancer for as long as 30 years, a new study has found. Researchers at the Univ...

Meet The 20-Something Women Who Are Fighting To Be Sterilised

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

When 26-year-old tech reporter Holly Brockwell went public with her quest to be sterilised, she sparked a nationwide controversy and added a fresh dim...

A Woman's Choice

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Nitu Bajekal

We all need to stand together to protect women's health and make our voices heard if we are to move toward a more equal society, both for ourselves and for the women who do not have access to reliable contraception and safe reproductive health choices.

This App Is More Effective At Stopping You Getting Pregnant Than The Pill

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re fed up of filling your body up with hormones by taking the pill, but don’t trust yourself to rely on condoms, your contraceptive options...

Male Contraceptive Injection Could Be Just Around The Corner

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Human trials are set to take place for a “reversible” male contraceptive injection. The contraceptive, called Vasalgel, works by inserting gel int...

Emergency Contraception: What's The Big Deal?

Alex Thompson-Armstrong | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Thompson-Armstrong

As a society, we have always learnt to accept trade-offs when it comes to equality - not necessarily by our own doing but by never challenging the status quo, passed down through generations. Women's equality is perhaps the greatest example of this in the UK, but it's something we are beginning to finally challenge.

Further Research Into The Links Between The Pill And Mental Health Issues Urgently Needed

Katie Silver | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Silver

It is important to emphasise that all women react differently to hormonal contraceptives and where they fail for some, they work for others. The point of this piece is not to scare-monger, but to draw attention to the need for more research into something that could have a deeply negative impact on some women's lives. Truly informed choices can only be made... with enough information.

Woman Writes Open Letter After Husband Decides He No Longer Wants Children

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A wife has written an open letter tellings others it’s okay to change your mind about having children after her husband decided he didn’t want kid...

16 Tweets That Show How Empowering Contraception Is For Women

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Women are using Twitter to celebrate contraception and the vital part it has played in their lives. The #ThxBirthControl social media campaign highlig...

Why Women Are Hurrying To Get The IUD

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

In the hustle and bustle of women on the internet encouraging others to go and get an IUD before Trump's inauguration on the 20th of January in 2017, as a woman, it's still important to weigh up the pros and cons of this form of contraception...