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Endometriosis: One in Ten

Endometriosis is a chronic pain condition that affects one in ten women in the UK. Whilst it has a severe impact on the health of millions, few know about its symptoms or impacts. The NHS website gives a description of the condition, “tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries” which causes pain and issues with fertility. It also states the causes of the condition are largely unexplained, and there is no known cure. Endometriosis UK states it affects 1.5 million women in the UK or 176 million women worldwide, the same number diagnosed with diabetes. One of the most startling statistics they give is the fact that it takes on average “7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis.” Continue reading Endometriosis: One in Ten

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Your “Body Count” Doesn’t Define You

I was recently chatting to some guy I vaguely knew through mutual friends and social media – one of those very casual, getting-to-know-each-other, testing-the-waters kind of talks. “How are you finding your course?” “Are you up to anything fun this week?” Stuff like that. Then, out of nowhere, he asks how many people I’ve slept with. The conversation literally went something like: Continue reading Your “Body Count” Doesn’t Define You

A Guide to Ethical Porn Consumption

Although our society has many faults, we’re undoubtedly becoming more ethically conscious. We’re moving towards sustainable living by boycotting plastic and supporting slow fashion bands. However, our ethical standards don’t hold up when it comes to watching porn.
Porn is everywhere – whether we’re watching it or not. In 2018, Pornhub got 33.5 billion visits. That’s almost 92 million visitors mindlessly wanking to mainstream porn every day. This is probably because most of us shy away from discussing the ins and outs of porn, mainly as there is a vocal contingent that maintains it as the source of society’s problems. Continue reading A Guide to Ethical Porn Consumption

The Only Test You Want To Fail: A Guide to STI Appointments

If your sex education was anything like mine at school, you were probably left feeling clueless. My knowledge of STIs was so limited. I basically just thought if I had funny discharge or an itchy vagina, then I needed to panic. The only thing I did learn was that it’s never a solution to ignore the situation entirely. It’s always better to get checked and know what you might be dealing with. Anything is better than trying to self-diagnose on the internet and convincing yourself you’re dying from some obscure fungal infection. Continue reading The Only Test You Want To Fail: A Guide to STI Appointments

Being Ready: Confessions of a 20-year-old Virgin

I’ve found that being a virgin at 20 seems to warrant three types of general reactions:

The nurse with wide eyes in the Sidwell Sexual Health Clinic congratulating me wildly, whilst I sat awkwardly waiting for her to give me my first pack of contraceptive pills.
The immediate labelling of me as “frigid” or a “prude”, words to this day that I really fucking hate.
Slight embarrassment/awkwardness, like the way people looked at me during my first game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ in Freshers’ Week, when I was the only one that didn’t drink to ‘never have I ever had sex.’ Continue reading Being Ready: Confessions of a 20-year-old Virgin