Periods

Why More Sportswomen Like Fu Yuanhui Should Shine the Spotlight on Period Taboos

Louisa Gosling | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Gosling

We need to talk openly about this issue to remove the stigma that surround periods, and ensure finding solutions for menstrual hygiene management are included in efforts to improve health, education, and access to sanitation facilities. Fu Yuanhui is one sportswoman who inadvertently shined a spotlight on this issue. But together, we can all help break the stigma surrounding periods.

'Shocking' Survey Finds Majority Of Girls Avoid Playing Sport While On Periods

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

This week, Olympian Fu Yuanhui was praised for speaking openly about painful period cramps after she came fourth in the women’s 4x100m medley relay....

Chinese Swimmer Gives Zero F**ks About Being On Her Period At Rio

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Last week, the world saw red after a leisure centre banned women from using the swimming pool while menstruating. But now a Chinese Olympic swimmer ha...

This Leisure Centre Told Women They Couldn't Swim On Their Periods

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman called out her local leisure centre over a “misogynistic” sign telling women not to go in the pool while on their period. Sophie Tabatadze...

Why Bodyform's New Sanitary Pad Ad Is A Brilliant Step For Girls Everywhere

Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

Menstruation - a perfectly natural bodily process - is no longer something to be embarrassed or ashamed of. It's being normalised and even heralded as something incredible. Something to be proud of.

Menopause Reversal Treatment Offers New Hope For Women Who Want Children

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

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Musician Slams Facebook For Removing Her Status About Period Pain

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A musician has been left “dumbfounded” and “insulted” after Facebook removed a status she had posted about period pain. Melody Pool, from Mel...

Free Periods: Making Sanitary Products Free is a Basic Human Right

Martha Salhotra | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Martha Salhotra

There is something fundamentally wrong in a world where the higher powers are cashing in on our monthly periods and subtly undermining the female gender and its needs. It is not just a female right to be given access to free sanitary products, it's a human right. If Brunel's student union implement free sanitary products for their female students, it's a lesson for all.

Most Fertility Tracking Apps Get it Wrong

Dee Armstrong | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents
Dee Armstrong

Photo: Sam Edwards - Getty Images/OJO Images RF A new study published in the scientific journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology says that most period and ...

Scouts Unite Globally to Challenge Menstrual Taboos

Becky Alexander | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Alexander

Scouts in Madagascar are delivering menstrual hygiene education and helping dispel the mystery and myths that surround periods. They also campaign for clean water and toilets for all. This is a huge issue. More than one billion women have no access to a private toilet, making it difficult to manage their periods hygienically.

Why Women Are 'Still Being Excluded' From Exercise Research

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Women are being excluded from meaningful sport and exercise research because of their periods, a new report suggests. A review of more than one thousa...

Bodyform's Kick-Ass Campaign Empowers Women To Enjoy Sport On Their Period

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When you're on your period it can be tempting to cancel all plans and lie low with a hot water bottle for a couple of days. But the team at Bodyform a...

This Woman's Genius Invention Could Change The Future Of Periods

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Liita Iyaloo Cairney is on a mission to change the face of periods, forever. Cairney, 32, from Edinburgh has created a reusable menstrual device which...

More Than Just Punctuation Marks: Why Periods Really Matter

Caitlin Gruer | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caitlin Gruer

In low income countries, many women and girls don't have access to affordable and hygienic feminine products; instead they are forced to use improvised materials like rags or leaves, which are not only uncomfortable but can also lead to infection or embarrassing leaks.

Third Of British Women Too Embarrassed To Talk About Periods

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

One in three British women admit they are embarrassed about their periods, according to a new poll released by ActionAid. The poll of more than 1,000 ...

This Device Texts You When Your Tampon Is Full

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Worrying about whether your period may have leaked is theworst. You check seats every time you stand up, go to the toilet a thousand times a day and ...

UK-USA 'Period Pride' Demo Launched as Osborne Fails to Scrap Tampon Tax

Laura Coryton | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Coryton

Our overarching goal: to raise awareness of the issue of the tampon tax - in the U.K. the U.S. and around the globe - and to highlight our productive cross-pond, collaboration. And our immediate goal: to demand that the U.K.'s tampon tax be eliminated once and for all!

Woman Who Suffered Period For Five Years Straight Was 'Too Embarrassed' To Seek Help

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When Chloe Christos was 14 years old, she started her period. But instead of lasting for a few days, or even weeks, her period continued for five long...

Daughter Asks Dad To Buy Sanitary Towels, He Can't Handle It

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Last week Tia Savva learned a very important life lesson: never send a man to buy you sanitary products. Savva asked her dad to buy her a packet of sa...

Genius Invention Could 'Switch Off' Period Pain

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

There's nothing worse than crippling period cramps. Thankfully, this could soon be a thing of the past as a group of womb warriors (read: scientists) ...

Two Women Discuss The Past, Present And Future Of Periods

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Over the past 100 years, there have only been three major innovations in feminine hygiene surrounding periods. In 1931, the tampon was invented - by a...

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 ...

Meet The People De-Stigmatising Periods Once And For All

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Just over a year ago, conversations surrounding periods reached an all-time high when a photograph of Rupi Kaur lying on a bed with bloodied pyjama bo...

Student Fights Period Shame By Carrying Spare Tampons, Urges Others To Do The Same

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

We all know that there is a certain stigma surrounding periods. Despite half the population menstruating for the majority of their lives, it is still ...

Dear Endometriosis - You're Fired

S.K. Hartley | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
S.K. Hartley

"I can't take it anymore!" It was a statement I would make more often than not to my husband. I couldn't take the pain anymore, I couldn't take the fatigue, the aches, the excessive bleeding and the desperate need to be normal. But I wasn't normal, at least my body wasn't...