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It’s about time we all spoke openly and frankly about our periods. So grab a cup of coffee, and take a five-minute break from everything. Because this is where our resident bloggers share their views, stories and insights. And they don’t hold back.

The science bit

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 […]

Life

Do periods affect your work life?

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Everyone has bad days at work, but a PMS headache and painful cramps can make it worse. To reduce the number of periods you have, ask your doctor about your contraceptive options, or find out more on our contraception page.

News / Views

Developing pads for the developing world

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We all know how tough our periods can be, the pain, the bloating and the mood swings. But, in a way, we are quite lucky.

The science bit

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.

Life

Stigmatised, shunned and supported: perceptions of periods around the world

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Regardless of nationality, race or religion, half of the world’s population all share in this experience. So, why is there still such a stigma surrounding the subject?

The science bit

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.

Life

Managing your period on your holiday

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Packing the right things is the first step to ensuring you have an enjoyable summer holiday. Sunglasses – check. Towel – check. Tanning oil – check. More pairs of shoes than you really need to take – check. Tampons – check.

Life

Europe’s best toilets

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So last week I had to use a public toilet to change my tampon. I was already feeling cranky and annoyed. And this toilet certainly didn’t help with that. There was no toilet roll. The toilet didn’t flush. And the floor was well, let’s just say I’ve seen cleaner scrap yards.

The science bit

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.

Life

Do periods affect your social activities?

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Everyone likes to have fun with friends, but sometimes when you’re on your period you just don’t feel up to it. To reduce the number of periods you have speak to your doctor about your contraceptive options.

#&*!! Moments

Periods and weddings: not exactly soulmates

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Today’s the day. Your hair is set, your dress is perfect and the venue looks stunning. Your soon-to-be in-laws haven’t yet kicked up a fuss and you’ve even managed to solve that last-minute crisis with the chairs. You’re ready. But then…

Life

Do periods affect your relationship?

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Have you ever found that periods have interrupted your sex life? This doesn’t have to be the case; you can reduce the number of periods you have. Just speak to your doctor about your contraceptive options, or find out more on our contraception page.

Life

Sex and periods: what you really need to know

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Cramps? Check. Bloated? Check. Craving sex and nothing you can do about it? Think again. Let’s set the record straight. Period sex is absolutely fine. You might even feel better for it, but there are a few precautions that you might want to take.

News / Views

Impact of menstruation on women’s lives

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Only recently has the subject of periods, and how they can affect women’s lives, become a talking point. Here two leading doctors discuss the impact of periods and the need for education around the benefit of reducing them.

News / Views

Let’s talk about periods

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Would you prefer your periods to come? Three leading experts discuss the taboo surrounding periods, the need for education and the contraceptive options to reduce your number of periods.

The science bit

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.

Life

Do periods affect your exercise routine?

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When you are suffering from cramps and tiredness, exercise can seem like hard work. This doesn’t have to be the case.

Life

Dealing with a period when exercising

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I didn’t do it to gain attention. I didn’t do it so I could brag about it on social media. I didn’t even do it to get one over on the guy who made a hurtful comment about my appearance. I did it because I’ve been making excuses for too long.

News / Views

Unequal? That’s not even half of it.

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It’s no secret that women have often lived in the shadow of men. And even in this day and age, gender inequality is all around. The places we work, the sports we watch, the adverts that sell to us and even the governments who run our countries.

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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

#&*!! Moments

When periods send you off piste

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Who can resist the call of the slopes at this time of year? Snow-topped pines, fresh mountain air, steaming hot chocolate… bliss. You’re halfway down a crowded piste when, all of a sudden, you get your period. Not ideal, let alone idyllic.

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Stay rock ‘n’ roll at a gig on your period

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You bagged a few tickets before they sold out, you listened to every album in anticipation – including the B-sides that even the band can’t remember doing – and when the gig finally comes round you’re on your period. Not ideal.

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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?

Life

Chinese coils to Colombian chips: contraception around the world

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Our world is an exciting mix of countries and cultures, sights and sounds, people and places. But there is one thing that is constant. Sex.

Life

Tired of tampons?

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Breaking news! The convenient, compact, colourful bag I put my tampons / pads in to nip to the bathroom has become redundant. That’s right ladies. Today, some of the options out there when it comes to sanitary protection don’t even need to be smuggled into the toilet! Shame, because I really liked that bag.

Life

Top 3 European girly getaways

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You, your best mates, some wine, good food and a gorgeous city to explore and dance the night away in – bliss right? Sometimes a holiday with the girls is just what you need, and luckily there are some amazing destinations right on our doorstep…

#&*!! Moments

The worst thing to happen in a lecture

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The first semester of Uni can create a mixture of feelings. There’s sadness at leaving behind what you love and know, but also the excitement of starting something new and being independent.

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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.

Life

So, errrm, Iwanttogoonthepill…

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Talking about contraception and sex isn’t always easy, especially if it’s with someone who you see as older and wiser, such as your doctor.