Periods

Tampons or Food?

Jodie Louise Connor | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jodie Louise Connor

TOTM is a campaign we have set up which intends to raise donations of sanitary products, baby wipes and clean underwear for women facing homelessness in and around Manchester City Centre. Lack of access to sanitary products might only be a small part of the daily challenges that homeless women face but I don't think we can underestimate the value of allowing women to maintain their comfort and dignity.

9 Period Hacks To Ease PMS, Bloating And Cramps

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Getting your period sucks, but thankfully, a few simple life hacks can help to make things more bearable. For instance, did you know that upping y...

Women Are Inserting Cannabis-Filled Pills Into Their Vaginas 'To Prevent Period Pain'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Forget ibuprofen or hot water bottles, women in America are inserting cannabis-filled suppositories into their vaginas in a quest to banish period pai...

Can We Give Free Bleeding a Rest?

Bridget Hamilton | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Bridget Hamilton

The reason menstruation is the word on everybody's lips is not as simple as whether or not you would be willing to part with your towels, tampons or menstrual cups. It's about reducing the financial burden on low-income families through outdated taxes.

This Is Why You Get Your Period Every Month

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Periods are a fundamental part of being female. In fact, right now, 300 million women across the world are menstruating. While we know periods can ...

How Did Women Deal With Their Periods? The History of Menstruation

Greg Jenner | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Greg Jenner

The evidence suggests that even in the ancient world, women were using what may seem similar to modern hygiene products. The Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates of Kos, who is known as the Father of Medicine, is widely referenced on the internet as mentioning that small wooden sticks, wrapped with soft lint, might be inserted into the vagina as a primitive tampon.

Are My Periods Normal?

Jordan Errington | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jordan Errington

Schools and society only teach you so much about this perfectly natural monthly event. If you are born with a uterus(including a womb and vagina), unfortunately you will experience periods, not to mention all the interesting side effects. Below I have listed a bunch of them, and many we do not often get the chance to discuss.

Protesting Against 'Luxury' Periods

Natasha Barrett | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

The VAT on sanitary products that was maintained by popular government vote a few months back is an insult to over half of our population. However, it is even more of a problem for specific groups of people; those dependent on student loans, those with particularly low incomes or homeless people, for example.

Girls on Their Period Forced to Sleep in Cold, Wet Huts

Celia Pool | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Celia Pool

K Fayaz Ahmad In the western world record numbers of women are CEOs, the pay gap is narrowing, and in the UK the tampon tax has just been neutralise...

Celebrate Your Period With This Statement Jewellery

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Style

Ever dreamed of owning a period stain brooch, or a bejewelled sanitary pad ring? It's now a possibility thanks to this London-based artist. Lili...

One Quarter Of Men Say They Have 'Man Periods' Every Month

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

One quarter of men say they experience 'man periods' each month - but obviously minus all of the messy stuff. Guys experience symptoms such as feel...

Why the Menstrual Cup Is Revolutionary

Jasmine Irving | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Irving

Women bleeding from their vaginas are an age old taboo. Marketing companies can't even say the word 'menstruation', using euphemisms like 'time of the month' or 'mother nature's gift' whilst blue liquid is used to advertise the absorbency of 'feminine hygiene' products.

Bloody Awful: The 'Tampon Tax' and the 'M Word'

Rose Woods | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Woods

It sadly demonstrates that no matter how loud our female MPs shout out for equality and basic rights for women, their limited presence still isn't enough. Because let's face it lads, they're probably just on their periods right?

How to Stop Period Shame? From the Start

Celia Pool | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Celia Pool

Sure, there may be the odd dinosaur like Bill Cash MP who can't say the word 'tampon' in the Commons. Despite last week's defeat in Parliament, it seems the general feeling is that there are now more people against the tampon tax than for it.

The Tampon Tax: Proof Equality Is Still Far Off

Eloise Hendy | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

At the end of a long, stressful day sometimes only a spot of self-indulgent pampering can help. A bubble bath, a glass of wine, high quality chocolate, and a tampon, fresh from the packet. What could be more luxurious?

Why Heavy Periods Could Be A Sign Of Something More Serious

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Having heavy periods are a pain in the ass. Not only are they expensive (hello, tampon tax) but they can be painful and extremely inconvenient. Bu...

Why a Text From Your Vagina Will Be Gratefully Received

Jessie Thompson | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Tech
Jessie Thompson

Quite frankly, I have no desire to display to the world that The Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh is currently playing on my personal jukebox, and I'd like it if every fourth Tuesday I didn't have to walk around filled with fear and disquiet because the painters are in and I'm wearing camel trousers.

No End to Endo

Tracey Morgan | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Morgan

I suffer from Endometriosis. For those of you who don't know what that means it is usually a very painful and debilitating illness that affects over 1.5 million women in the UK alone, caused by the endometrial lining in the uterus migrating and growing elsewhere in the body.

This Doll Comes Complete With Sanitary Pads

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Lammily doll's got a new fashion accessory - and it's far more important than any handbag or pair of shoes. The Barbie-esque doll, which has previo...

Mum Of Teen Who Died From Toxic Shock Syndrome Wants Others To Learn Symptoms

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The mum of a teenager who died from sepsis while on her period wants others to learn about the dangers of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Jemma-Louise ...

I've Spent Eight Months Talking About Periods - and Here's Why

Bridget Hamilton | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Bridget Hamilton

It only really dawned on me that I had become caught up in a Zeitgeist when a woman I had recently interviewed about her cycle - by connecting with her naively on Facebook - popped up in The Guardian. Our formerly taboo, at best innocuous, monthly cycles are front page news - and I've been watching the whole thing unfold.

This Period Portrait Of Donald Trump Is Bloody Brilliant

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Forget oil paints, one artist has painted a portrait of Donald Trump using her own menstrual blood. And it's bloody brilliant. Activist, artist and...

The Alarming Truth About How Much Periods Cost Women In A Lifetime

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Periods don't just give us cramps, they also cost us an absolute fortune. New research has revealed that British women spend as much as £18,450 on...

Can These Inventions Really Make Your Period Easier?

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Style

It's estimated that 50-80% of women have experienced PMS in their lifetime, so anything that can help ease this er... period is often gratefully recei...

Sanitary Towel Advert 'Fat-Shames' And 'Period-Shames' Women In One Go

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An advert for Sofy BeFresh sanitary towels has managed to offend plenty of women by simultaneously "period-shaming" and "fat-shaming" them. Nice work,...