Author: Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves

Nature or Nurture? The ‘Science’ Behind Man Flu

This week, Dr Kyle Sue published a feature in the BMJ about ‘man flu’, showing some of the science behind the phenomenon. Of course, the media took hold of it and gave it a very simplified angle, and then Twitter reduced it down even more to ‘feminism vs men’s rights’ (why …

What’s it Like to Have a Dental Sedation?

Trigger Warning: Dental treatment, needles, blood and drugs (prescribed). — ‘It’s at the top, it’ll just twist out, no problem’ The shaking of my head is my way of saying ‘Sayeed, I appreciate your no-nonsense approach to my dental treatment, but there’s literally no f*cking way that’s going to happen.’ …

Pregnant People and the Importance of Language

Recently, as always seems to happen, the media sunk their teeth into the latest stories they could use to bash both trans people and feminists in the same breath — the lobby to the UN to refer to those who are expecting as ‘pregnant people’, rather than ‘pregnant women’ or …

My Activism is Not For Profit

It’s that time of year again – when newsreaders get crucified if they don’t pin a bit of black plastic and red paper to their lapel. But it’s also the time of year when our favourite failed political party, Britain First, push their support for our troops on unsuspecting Facebookers …

Welcome to Movember

You’ve probably heard of the annual moustache-growing that’s currently going on – and if you’re someone who is into kissing men, you may have even felt it in previous years as well. The Movember Foundation are all about doing quirky things to raise money for three main areas of what they …

Contraception and Me: The IUS and IUD

“Contraception and Me” speaks to real people about the contraception experiences and gives you their honest answers. Each month, we’ll look at a different kind of contraception. This month, we’re looking at ‘the coil’, also known as the Intrauterine Device (IUD) or Intrauterine System (IUS). To protect people’s privacy, we …

We Must Stop Listening to Royals Talking About Our Pills

Trigger Warning: Discussions of pills, mental health conditions and suicidal thoughts. — A recent Daily Mail headline ran with a quote from the British Prince that many of us hold dear shaming people that take medication. Yup, Prince Harry told doctors how to do their jobs when he said “we must stop …

The Science behind Antidepressants

Trigger warning: This article discusses depression and suicidal thoughts. — There are lots of different drugs used to treat mental health conditions, and you may have (like I was several years ago) been handed a prescription and had literally no idea what the drug was or what it would do. …

Contraception and Me: The Contraceptive Injection

TW: Mentions of mental health conditions and weight gain and loss issues. Mention of abortion. “Contraception and Me” speaks to real people about their contraception experiences and gives you their honest answers. Each month, we’ll look at a different kind of contraception. This month, we’re looking at the contraceptive injection. — …