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Around the internet by a pregnancy that ended too soon?

Around the internet by a pregnancy that ended too soon?

There were exactly two weeks between finding out I was pregnant and finding out that I’d had a miscarriage. It’s hard to explain quite how much my world changed in those two weeks – my entire mind was taken up by the pregnancy and all I wanted to do was learn about it. I spent hours on Google, discovering that the bundle of cells inside me was first the size of a poppy seed and then a grain of rice, finding out when my morning sickness would ease off and trying to...

There is now a sheet mask for your vulva and we tried it

There is now a sheet mask for your vulva and we tried it

This is not a drill.

I don’t think I’ve ever posted something online that elicited as much alarm as the time I said I was going to try a vulva face mask. To be fair, my clumsy wording led to some confusion: was this a face mask infused with the essence of vulva? Or...

Vaginismus – what it feels like to be unable to use a tampon and sex

Vaginismus – what it feels like to be unable to use a tampon and sex

Shelby Hadden has made a short film about living with vaginismus. Lynn Enright talks to her about pain, taboos and hope.

Vaginismus is the point at which the vagina takes care of similarly as you attempt to embed something into it. It is the body’s programmed response to the dread of a few...

women in England haven’t had a smear test in almost four years

women in England haven’t had a smear test in almost four years

Cervical-screening rates are at their lowest in two decades.

Public Health England has voiced concerns, after cervical-screening rates in England fell to their lowest for two decades, the BBC reported. One million women aged 50 to 64 haven’t had a smear test for at least five years, and experts say the lack of testing is...

Instagram has become my IVF support system

Instagram has become my IVF support system

When Emma Forsyth couldn’t get pregnant, she felt distanced from her friends – but the infertility community of Instagram rallied around her.

On a stormy Saturday not long ago, a specialist broke the news to me that one more round of IVF was dropped on the grounds that my body had allowed me...

Reproductive rights are about more than contraception and abortion,

Reproductive rights are about more than contraception and abortion,

Reproductive rights are about more than contraception and abortion, says Rebecca Schiller.

Croatian MP Ivana Ninčević Lesandrić broke more than one taboo this October, when she stood in the Croatian parliament telling the minister of health her personal story of obstetric violence: “I had a miscarriage. They tied my hands and feet and began the...

What is the truth about vaccines during pregnancy?

What is the truth about vaccines during pregnancy?

An avalanche of overwhelming health advice, media scaremongering and fake news could be fuelling anti-vaccine fears, says Louise Ridley. She investigates.

When Vicky was pregnant last year, a midwife offered her a vaccination to protect her unborn baby from whooping cough.

Vicky felt conflicted. “My head was telling me yes, do it,...

These are the women battling to put an end to period poverty

These are the women battling to put an end to period poverty

This week, changemakers gathered together for the Project Period event to discuss tackling the worldwide problem.

There are £5,000 that women are having to spend on pads, tampons and the like. However you look at that, it’s a significant amount and, with a figure so high, it’s easy to see how many people struggle...

Followed around the internet by a pregnancy that ended too soon

Followed around the internet by a pregnancy that ended too soon

There were exactly two weeks between finding out I was pregnant and finding out that I’d had a miscarriage. It’s hard to explain quite how much my world changed in those two weeks – my entire mind was taken up by the pregnancy and all I wanted to do was learn about it....

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