Contraception

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 ...

7 Myths About The Morning After Pill

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

On Monday a report revealed that the morning after pill costs up to five times more for women in Britain than other areas of Europe. Cue confusion, be...

We Need to End the Shame Around Taking the Morning After Pill

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

At present there are too many are unnecessary hurdles in the way - whether it's time, money or the need to explain yourself - I dread to think how many women are put-off going altogether. In short: the morning after pill needs to be free and easy to obtain. We need better education, information and awareness about options and availability.

Morning After Pill 'Five Times More Expensive' In Britain Than France

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The morning after pill costs up to five times more to purchase in Britain compared to other areas of Europe. According to research from the European C...

How This Woman Hopes To 'Empower Women' With New Female Contraceptive

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In a world where female equality is becoming even more prevalent, safe sex still relies on a man wearing a condom. Apps such as Bumble are now giving...

Sick Of The Pill? Seaweed Beads Could Be For You

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

With mood swings and headaches among the side effects, finding a contraceptive pill that suits your body can be a minefield. But preventing pregnancy...

Why Coil Insertion Not Performed By an Experienced Gynaecologist Is Very Dangerous

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

I was recently shocked by the gravity of such problems when a journalist informed me that one of her friends had died suddenly following a perforation of uterine body with the coil, aged just 23. This was performed by an inexperienced non-gynaecologist and, unfortunately, the perforation remained undetected until it was too late.

This App Could Be Almost As Effective As The Contraceptive Pill At Preventing Pregnancies

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Most people use fertility apps to figure out when the best time is to conceive a baby, but it turns out there may be a completely different use for it...

This Illustrated Zine Is Celebrating Vaginas Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Vaginas are great - and this zine wants to tell you just how great they are. Rachel Rolseth has created the publication (think of it as a low-budget ...

Brave Young Women Are Sharing Their Awful Experiences Of Using The Pill

The Huffington Post UK | Catherine Wyatt | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A woman encouraged to take the contraceptive pill after her requests for permanent sterilisation were refused has spurred others to share their experi...

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Get Your Hopes Up About a New Male Pill

Suzi Godson | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

In 2013, she received $4.7million to work on male contraception, and two days ago, at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting, she revealed that by tinkering with an existing male oral contraceptive, her team had made some progress in finding a non-hormonal pharmaceutical solution to prevent sperm reaching maturity...

Why You Should Wear A Condom During Oral Sex

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More and more people are contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through oral sex, a leading health expert has said. Dr Peter Greenhouse, ...

Woman Pays Tribute To Contraceptive Coil In The Weirdest Way

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has paid homage to her contraceptive coil in the most ironic and hilarious way - by framing an ultrasound scan of it and popping it on her fri...

Contraception After Pregnancy

Dr Shazia Malik | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Shazia Malik

Once you and your new baby are home you will begin to settle into your new life as a family. This period can be full of many emotions, obviously enormous happiness but also, having a new baby -especially a first baby - can be somewhat stressful too.

Condoms That Feel 'Like Human Tissue' Could Revolutionise Safe Sex

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Move over latex. Condoms that feel exactly like human skin could soon be a reality. Researchers hope to make sexy time a little more sensual with ...

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...