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Contraception myth-busting

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Has anyone else noticed that everyone seems to have an opinion about hormonal contraception? Like, quite strong opinions? But these are often based on ideas that simply aren’t true. Time to bust some myths. Just to be clear before we get started. The ‘hormonal’ in hormonal contraception means oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones occur naturally […]

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Finding the balance: the pros and cons of hormonal contraception

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Choosing whether to use hormonal contraception is a big decision. Especially when you’re the kind of person who struggles with even the little things, like whether you want curry or stir-fry for dinner tonight. Stir-fry… or maybe… curry? In any decision, it’s important to know the facts before you get started. So here goes, we’ve […]

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Hormones: should we shoot the messengers?

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Hormones tend to invoke fairly negative opinions from most of us, particularly when associated with the menstrual cycle. But how much of this reputation do hormones deserve? Are they really as bad as they seem?

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Average age of your first period

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A menarche is a significant point in a young girl’s life. To many, it signifies the start of becoming a woman. You’ve probably already had a chat with some of your friends about how old you were when you had your first period.

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The many faces of PMS

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The symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) feel a lot like an awkward encounter with your ex: incredibly annoying, often painful and seemingly endless.

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Period myth-busting

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Periods have been around for as long as women have walked the earth. So naturally, there are plenty of stories and myths surrounding them.

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Why you feel so bloated on your period

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Here we go again. It’s the week before my period and I just know what that means. My hands and feet inflate and my belly feels like a balloon. How I love the period bloat.

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What women want

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Some would say we want it all, and why wouldn’t we? But sometimes periods can get in the way of all that. A recent survey found that periods can have a big impact on our lives.

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Contraception that can multi‑task

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Did you know that contraception can do more than prevent pregnancy? Three leading experts tell us how: from acne to cancer to controlling periods. Click here for more

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Periods, what a pain

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Cramps, mood swings and that sudden need to find a bathroom… like, now. Dealing with all this once a month is going to have a significant impact on our lives, right?

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What do crocodile dung and tonic have in common?

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Contraception, shock horror, isn’t a new thing. Turns out that for 1000s of years, men and women have wanted to have sex because they enjoy it, not just to create a new life.