Womens Health

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.

Is Olympic Nudity a Feminist Victory?

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Louise Pudge

With women making up 45% of all competitors and a record high of 47.5% of events open to female athletes, this year's Olympic Games in Rio is closer t...

How to Boost Sex Drive and Vaginal Lubrication

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

Throughout life, your body goes through many changes... your vagina is no different. Experiences such as puberty, sexual experiences, pregnancy, labou...

Endometriosis: Why You Have More Options Available To Help Your Symptoms Than Just Surgery

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

Did you know.... 10% of women worldwide suffer from Endometriosis? That's a shocking 176 million. Yet, despite this, very little is known about the c...

Women Explain Why Men Are Really Missing Out By Not Being Female

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The gender pay gap and sexual inequality can make being a woman a pretty unattractive prospect. Then there’s the bleeding once a month and having to...

Woman Writes Powerful Open Letter To Girls Struggling With Body Image

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has taken to Facebook to urge young women to stop obsessing over their weight, explaining that being thin doesn’t make your life better. She...

Benefits of Carb Cycling

David Kingsbury | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

Carb cycling is one of those terms that gets as many articles written promoting it as it does deriding it, although they are usually from people who either don't fully understand it or aren't using it as intended. It's not a new thing by any means. The fact is carb cycling is a method I have utilised with my clients for as long as I can remember. It's been an incredibly useful tool in effective diet planning for decades and I swear by it.

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.

Fact: Smear Tests DO NOT Screen for Ovarian Cancer

Fiona Munro | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Munro

Did you know that smear tests DO NOT screen for ovarian cancer. In fact there is NO reliable screening test available for ovarian cancer!

From Bilateral Mastectomy to Naked Spa!

Mandy Riches | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

I hope through sharing this we can help other women in similar situations. I know I can only speak for myself and I was lucky enough that the nipple-sparing surgery still enabled me to keep some resemblance of what was previously there, but if my experience helps one woman feel slightly better about their future or less scared then I will be happy.

Embracing Chemo-Induced Hair Loss - The Warrior Within

Fiona Munro | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Munro

When I was diagnosed with cancer I had long blonde hair, so the prospect of losing it was a bit of a shock.

When It Comes to Diets, One Size Does Not Fit All

Victoria Wills | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Wills

Ever bought a 'one size fits all' hat, only for it to either cut-off the blood supply to your skull or disappear into the air at the first sign of a stiff breeze? Annoying, isn't it.

A Day to Remember, Or a Day to Forget - Coping With che 'Cancerversary'

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

I was on a course recently where we were asked to introduce ourselves by sharing a memorable date. With a sinking heart, I thought frantically - When did I pass my driving test? Move into my own home? I thought about my first date with my partner - 13th February, twenty-or-so years ago, but really, who wants to admit to having the equivalent of their wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day? (Reader, I didn't marry him).

The Trials of the Lingerie Aisles - Buying Bras after Breast Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

My love of coordinated lingerie is perhaps only one step away from my Mother's entreaties to wear clean pants in case of an accident, even though I would hazard a guess that just before impact it's not just brakes that skid in any road traffic accident.

An Honest Look at Goals

David Kingsbury | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

Most people want it all at once, but fitness is a journey. If you want to last the long road to serious results, then you have to enjoy and embrace the process (not just the results). The process being; various training phases and cycles to yield the best possible results over months and years not hours and days.

Why I Felt So Sad When I Stopped Being a Cancer Patient

Ruth Taylor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Taylor

After I finished treatment I felt under an enormous amount of pressure to be 'normal' and 'happy' again and for life to go back to how it was before I had cancer. I was keenly aware that treatment had been just as tough on my fiancé and family as it had been on me and I was desperate to protect them from any more anguish and worry.

Say What!?!?

Marissa Asli Bangura | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marissa Asli Bangura

Admittedly, the response to Jane's declaration wasn't female camaraderie's finest hour, and all these years later I can still remember that to her credit she (Jane) defiantly held her own. Her crime? To utter the words: "I don't want children."

Coffee, Friendship and Depression

Dawn-Maria France | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn-Maria France

It saddens me to hear that my friends are sometimes depressed. It concerns me even more to hear that they phone up their employers claiming they have 'flu symptoms,' to excuse their absence from work. They hide under the blankets until their mood lifts and the dark thoughts dissipate.

No Consent, No Dignity - Why Sky News Was Wrong in Recording FGM Practices

Tracey Wise | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Tracey Wise

All of my friends and family will tell you, I'm a bit 'odd'. I have a tolerance for things that are a little bit ick, a little bit bloody or gruesome and the ability to talk about things that make most people gag at the dinner table. But as anyone who knows any nurse will tell you, it's really not all that odd.

The Ticking Time Bomb of Cervical Cancer

Robert Music | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Music

We have previously undertaken research which has shown that there are so many reasons behind women not attending screening and these vary across age groups, ethnicities and socio-economic groups. Lack of time, embarrassment and not understanding what the test is for are but a few.

Women Over 50 Are Delaying Cervical Screening, Charity Warns

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Women over the age of 50 are risking their health by not having smear tests, a charity has warned. A survey conducted by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust ...

We Need to Talk about Secondary Breast Cancer

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

The good news is that secondary breast cancer can be treated. The bad news is that it can't be cured. Treatment aims to slow down the spread of disease, to relieve symptoms and give the best possible quality of life, for as long as possible.

Between a Rock and Hard Place: Where Can Vulnerable Women Turn for Help?

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Last week a report into domestic abuse services highlighted a story seldom told, the very high level of need amongst women fleeing violence and abuse and the huge gaps there are in meeting this need.

Should We Be Using Organic Sanitary Products?

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

Walking through Sainsbury's in Wilmslow recently, I overheard a woman complaining to her husband. 'They don't even have any organic tampons, Andy,' she sighed. (This is the sort of thing that happens in Wilmslow. Everywhere you go you hear things that sound like they have been pulled of the 'Overheard in Waitrose' Facebook page.)

Five Menopause Myths and Top Tips

Rachel Lankester | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lankester

Menopause is still a taboo subject and in our youth-obsessed culture, it can often knock a woman's confidence. It certainly knocked mine. But it really shouldn't be that way. Menopause happens to all women if we live long enough and it can mark the start of an exciting new stage in our lives.