There is nothing luxurious about tampons

On International Women’s Day the chancellor delivered the 2017 budget. This was surely the perfect moment to deliver a message to the women of the UK that this government cares about equality and the rights of women. But no, the controversial ‘Tampon Tax’ wasn’t mentioned and we are resigned to yet another year of literally…

Ten Natural Menstrual-Cramp Remedies

Whether you suffer extreme dysmenorrhea (horrifically painful cramps) like myself, or a mild cramping each month, menstrual cramps are at their best irritating and at their worst crippling. I rely heavily on prescribed medicine to get through each month but I don’t enjoy that reliance, whilst I know that the pills can make a big…

I’m having my period, whether you like it or not!

Over the last few months my menstrual cramps have been pretty damn horrendous. Month-on-month the pain has ramped up a notch and all the super-fun side effects that come with it have also been on top form. So, even though I‘m used to having a nasty-ass time once a month, things just felt a lot…

Dear Body, This year I promise to listen to you

  This New Year I’ve promised myself that first and foremost I will listen to my body. I will embrace my menstruation fully and accept that it will get in the way, without exception. I will be transparent when I talk to people about why I can’t join in and I wont be ashamed of…

Why this ‘Always’ ad has me seeing red!

Sprawled out on the sofa during a particularly traumatic visit from Aunt Flo, this Always ad popped up in the break between some appallingly trashy ITV reality TV dating show and an equally appalling home make over show. If I wasn’t already feeling like a hideous, bloated mess, I was by the time the end of…

Campaign for Paid Menstrual Leave

In countries like South Korea and Japan paid menstrual leave is the norm, it is also becoming increasingly more common across China. Female employees are not expected to produce a doctor’s note to explain their absence and their wages aren’t docked as a result of their menstruation. However in the UK there are very few…

Why your boss needs to know about your period

Most of us know that feeling when you’re sitting at your desk with a particularly difficult email to compose and suddenly you need to get to the bathroom and quickly. If like me, you suffer from acute monthly pain i.e. you can’t stand up, the room is spinning and your whole body is screaming out in…

‘It’s because I had my period!’

At this year’s Rio Olympics Chinese superstar swimmer Fu Yuanhui  broke the period taboo and for that we salute her! After finishing fourth in the 4x100m relay, she unashamedly explained that she had started her period the day before and was suffering from menstrual cramps. She must have been gutted that her time of the…