Health

#Next100Years: A Bloody Novel Way to Tackle Period Poverty

I remember fighting with my Nana when I first got my period. Not just because I was hormonal as f*ck, but because she kept insisting that I use pads when I was determined to try tampons! Despite our monthly bickering, I was lucky. Bloody lucky. I was young, but still fortunate …

The Importance of Good Sex Education

I’m a 14 year old girl in an RE classroom in the roughest high school in the area. Apparently we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe; but I’ve heard that about most areas. I’m with the top set group as usual, so it’s assumed that we’ll be the …

Lady Gaga and the Complexities of Chronic Pain

On Thursday 1st February 2018, our entertainment editor Becki saw Lady Gaga perform live at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. We didn’t know it then, but it was the last date she would perform on her Joanne World Tour. Two days later, she announced the cancellation of the rest of the tour …

Mental Health During Pregnancy

Trigger warning: Discussions of pregnancy including birth horror stories and possibility of miscarriage, mental health: anxiety and depression, and medication.  My first pregnancy came as a bit of a surprise, in fact I’d gone on WebMd and I had convinced myself that I was dying. Pregnancy never crossed my mind, …

Save the NHS, Without the Ableism

Hi, it’s Caroline, your disabled and chronically, physically, and mentally ill health editor! I saw more  NHS professionals during my three years of uni than the average person probably sees in their entire lifetime – GPs, physiotherapists, specialists, and so on. Since then, I’ve just continued to add to that. If I …

GP Appointments are Precious – Treat Them That Way!

Trigger Warning: Mentions of health issues and quality of life. — Admittedly I’m a bit of a burden on the NHS. I was a bit of a self-diagnoser when I was younger; I got myself into a tizz thinking the beginnings of puberty meant I had breast cancer, I’ve had …

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.’ …

My Vagina Doesn’t Work

Hello, I’m Louise, I’m Scottish, I’m twenty-two, I own a tiny cat who is currently yelling right into my ear, and, oh yeah, my vagina doesn’t work. Well, no, that’s not true – it performs a good chunk of the functions that a vagina is meant to. But when it …