The Hormone Diaries Part Five: My First Smear Test

I have finally hit that age that many women in the UK dread, where I was called up for my first smear test. Many women can be really anxious before their cervical screening, as it can be seen as an invasive and painful procedure that you always hear horror stories about. Well, today I’m here to be totally honest and open with you about my first smear test experience, and hopefully give you a little bit more information about why cervical screenings are so vitally important. 

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The Hormone Diaries Part Four: Let’s Talk About Consent

Over the last year or two, we’ve been having plenty of public discussions around consent: from the revelations of the #MeToo movement, which have highlighted just how much work there is still to do, to campaigns pushing for better consent education as part of Sex Education at school, you’d expect most people to be more aware of the importance of consent in sexual interactions. However, recent cases at criminal trials and general discussions surrounding consent online and in the media shows that the topic is still misunderstood amongst young people and adults.

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The Hormone Diaries Part Three: Getting The Mirena Coil

The thought of the coil was always something that scared me a little. Whilst I’m used to going to the doctors and being poked and prodded in my lady areas, the thought of the coil kind of freaked me out. However, after years of battling with the pill, conversations about the Mirena coil began to sound more and more promising.

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The Hormone Diaries Part Two: The Contraceptive Pill

The conversation surrounding popular contraceptive methods, and most often, the pill, has been growing recently, with more and more women and girls opening up about their struggles and side effects. Having worked my way through my fair share of contraceptive pills over the last 8 years, I wanted to share with you all my honest verdict on the pill in the hope that it somewhat educates and enlightens others as to what an “easy-fix” can turn out like.

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The Hormone Diaries Part One: Periods

I am starting this series is to try and normalise discussions amongst women and break the taboo. We’re going to talk about everything from periods to contraceptives, from sexuality to masturbation. I think it’s really important that young girls are not just biologically educated, but have a bit of life experience to refer to. It can be really lonely when you are younger if you are not experiencing what is considered to be normal. So here I am, probably being a bit TMI, in the hope that someone out there will read this and know that they are not alone.

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