women's health

If You Can't Stop Googling Your Symptoms, It Could Be A Sign Of This Serious Issue

Do you Google every change in your body for fear it's a symptom of something bigger? Have you convinced yourself you're suffering from an illness you've read about online, to the point of worry or distress? Are you constantly at the doctor's, often…
By Emily Dixon

Lack Of Sleep Could Be The Real Reason You Keep Doing This One Thing At Work

Anyone who's succumbed to a late-night Netflix marathon, only to stumble into work at 8 a.m. the next day, will vouch for the effect a lack of sleep can have on your brain function. But it turns out the impact of sleeplessness goes deeper than a…
By Emily Dixon

Emma Watson's Pro-Choice Letter Is The Most Emotional Thing You'll Read Today

Earlier this May, in a truly historic moment, the Republic of Ireland’s eighth amendment, which made abortion illegal, was overturned after a landmark referendum. Many people came together to show support for the repeal, and arguably, none harder…
By Megan C. Hills

This Is Why Paid Leave For Domestic Abuse Survivors Could Save Lives

"The next Labour government will protect all women," promised Dawn Butler, shadow home secretary for women and equalities, at the Labour Party Women's Conference last week. How does the party plan to do so? In part, by requiring employers to provide…
By Emily Dixon

A New Study About The Morning-After Pill Reveals SO Much About Our Attitude To Sex

The existence of stigma surrounding the morning-after pill will come as little surprise — after all, slut-shaming is as real as it is reprehensible. But the scale of that stigma might shock you. According to a study conducted by emergency pill brand…
By Emily Dixon

Brexit Is A Feminist Issue & These Frightening Statistics Prove It

Two years after the Brexit referendum, Britain's departure from the EU continues to dominate the news cycle. While issues including the Irish border and access to the European single market remain at the forefront of debate, one topic remains…
By Emily Dixon

Here's What The "This Is Us" Premiere Got Wrong About PCOS, From Someone Who Has It

Representation propels acceptance, and when it comes to network television, there is no better platform at the moment than one of the most-watched shows on NBC, This Is Us. The series’ Season 3 premiere aired on Sept. 25 to an audience of 10.3…
By Tanya Ghahremani

#FreePeriods Founder Amika George Just Got This HUGE Award & It's So Deserved

Activist, campaigner, and Free Periods founder Amika George walks a tightrope between being a completely ordinary teenager and an entirely exceptional one. On one hand, the 18-year-old North Londoner is currently ploughing her way through Martin…
By Charlotte Owen

Here's The Truth About Whether You Need To Take A Break From Your Contraception

How much do you really know about the contraception you use, or how you should be using it? Despite the prevalance of contraception use — and the range of choices available on the NHS — too many people remain underinformed, unduly influenced by…
By Emily Dixon

Here's Why Those Common Myths About The Morning-After Pill Are Untrue

The morning-after pill is accessible without prescription in the UK, and often available for free. But myths and misunderstandings continue to surround it, which can prevent people from using the emergency contraception they need. One of the most…
By Emily Dixon

These Everyday Things Could Be Causing Your Headaches & It's So Unexpected

Who amongst us hasn't experienced a headache after a whole day in front of the computer, or a night dancing to music that's just a little too loud? It's fairly easy to identify the probable cause of a one-off headache, but if they're chronic, there…
By Emily Dixon

Sharing Birth Stories Online May Have Caused A Spike In This Little Known Phobia

For many expectant parents, the prospect of childbirth can be a daunting one. But some experience the fear more acutely, so much so that it becomes a phobia. Tocophobia — "a severe fear or dread of childbirth", according to the Guardian — is…
By Emily Dixon

There's A Scientific Reason So Many Women Suffer From IBS & It Explains So Much

Even if you don't have it yourself, you're likely to have heard of one person with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A common factor linking many patients is their gender, with women making up two-thirds of IBS cases, according to experts. While…
By Lauren Sharkey

Yes, Sleeping Too Much Is A Thing, And It Can Lead To These 6 Health Issues

We all know how important sleep is, so it would feel correct to assume that the more sleep you get, the better. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and this includes sleep. There are a number of surprising things that can…
By Carina Wolff

If You're Prone To SAD, The Impact On Your Sleep & Sex Drive Could Be Huge

As winter approaches and the days become shorter, more people begin to experience symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Mental health charity Mind describes SAD as "a form of depression that people experience at a particular time of year or…
By Emily Dixon

Women Might Be Receiving Poorer Healthcare Than Men For THIS Alarming Reason

It's well-documented that women receive poorer healthcare than men: studies have indiciated that women wait longer for diagnoses, are less likely to be prescribed the most effective painkillers, and often see their concerns dismissed by doctors.…
By Emily Dixon

I Beat Migraines By Making Some Unexpected Sacrifices & Honestly, It Was SO Worth It

I have suffered with migraines since my teenage years. At the time, I assumed that they were simply headaches caused by a bad diet and a lack of general hydration. But as I got older, left school, and entered the adult world, I realised that these…
By Lauren Sharkey

These Figures Show Just How Connected Domestic Violence & The World Cup Are

A bleak finding in the wake of the 2018 World Cup: England and Wales saw a "significant rise" in domestic abuse reports during this year's tournament, according to the BBC. The figures per game, released by the National Police Chiefs' Council, far…
By Emily Dixon

Activated Charcoal *Could* Affect The Pill, But Not If You Follow These Steps

Detox ingredients have become big business recently — and one that's really risen in popularity over the past year or so is activated charcoal. But there have been concerns raised about its potential side effects. So, does activated charcoal affect…
By Lauren Sharkey

If You Recognise These 5 Symptoms, Your Period Pain Might Actually Be Endometriosis

Here's the frustrating reality about seeking medical treatment as a woman: conditions are often underdiagnosed, and patients' concerns are often dismissed. That's the case with endometriosis — though not all those who experience it are women. The…
By Emily Dixon