Contraception

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...

Why Our Reproductive Rights Depend On Difficult People (And How To Become One Of Them)

Genevieve Edwards | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Genevieve Edwards

As front doors go, you probably wouldn't notice it if it wasn't for the ever-present protesters outside. They might prompt you to glance at the sign n...

Woman Who Was Too Overweight For Contraceptive Pill Loses Eight Stone In A Year

PA Real Life Features | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A mum-of-two, who was too overweight to take the contraceptive pill, has lost eight stone in just one year. Elli Pond, 25, said she used both of her p...

Male Contraceptives - Do We Trust Them?

Frankie Leach | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Frankie Leach

The way men reacted to even the side effects of contraception, makes me very skeptical that they would handle the enormous pressure that comes with taking regular contraception. I would love to live in an ideal world where men could be trusted to take contraceptives, but as far as this entire study has shown, I don't think we're anywhere near ready.

Why Two Plasters Give Me Hope For The Future

Claire Morris | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Claire Morris

We are knee-deep in bad news and I've lost count of the number of conversations I have had with people anxious about the future, particularly for women and girls, but I am staying hopeful. And the reason: two plasters.

Male Contraceptive Jab Successful In 96% Of Cases

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A male contraceptive jab has proven to be 96% successful in a trial of 350 men and their partners. The injection helps block sperm production by impac...

'Nasal Spray' Male Pill Could Be A Reality In The Next Five Years

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The male pill could become a reality for your sex life in the next five years, as scientists have made a contraceptive breakthrough. In most heterosex...

Hormonal Contraception And Depression: Why You Shouldn't Rush To Stop Taking Your Pill...

Anita Mitra | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Mitra

These are quite shocking statistics from a relatively large sample size of over 1 million women. However, I believe we should think carefully before women worldwide start ripping out their coils, and stopping their contraceptive pills.

This Herbal Medicine 'Stops The Morning After Pill From Working'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A common herbal medicine used to treat numerous health issues including epilepsy and fungal infections has been found to stop the morning after pill f...

9 Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up Our Feelings Towards Oral Dams

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Sometimes we feel like we’re the only people who know that condoms aren’t the only safe sex protection that exists. Dental dams, which are a smal...

This Is The Perfect Response When Someone Says They Don't Use Condoms

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Look, we get it, no one likes using condoms. They ruin the moment, they make your hands smell like latex and then they lie there in the bin reminding ...

The Mother Teresa Problem: Basic Women's Rights Are Still Being Failed By The Catholic Church

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

Growing up in the Catholic Church, I was taught to revere Mother Teresa as the embodiment of goodwill and sacrifice; she was a woman who devoted her life to making poor people better off, they told us. It was only as I started to analyse her actual effect on 3rd world countries, that I realised she was not a 'friend of the poor', but as Christopher Hitchens put it, a "friend of poverty".

Can The Contraceptive Pill Make You Depressed?

Tayana Simons | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Completely out of the blue I was feeling very low and the only change in my life was this little pill. So of course recognising the difference it made, I immediately stopped taking it. But not everyone has the awareness to realise that it could be the pill having this effect on them, particularly when they haven't been warned that it can have this side effect.

Getting Pregnant Quiz: Can You Tell The Difference Between Fact and Fiction?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Parents

Some couples spend years trying to get pregnant, eating all the right things, having regular sex and keeping track of an ovulation calendar like your ...

If You Rely On Fertility Apps You May Be At Risk Of Unwanted Pregnancy

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Women are at risk of unwanted pregnancy if they're relying on a smartphone app to monitor their fertility levels in place of more traditional contrace...

How Contraception Methods Vary Around The World

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Millions of people around the world use contraception every day to avoid unwanted pregnancies, but the methods of contraception we reach for are very ...