Women's Sexual Health and Gynaecological Issues

We're talking all things relationships, sex and women's health. Find out everything you want to know about 'down under' with our guides to contraception, periods, fertility, and all that's in between.

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Why taking a break from your pill isn’t the “detox” you were promised

May 22nd 2018 / Anna Hunter

“Clean” contraception and taking a “cleanse” from hormonal contraception is increasingly touted as the natural option and better for your health. We predict a ‘clean eating’ style backlash, and here’s why >>>

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Caroline Hirons: “I’m desperate to change how we talk about our bodies”

May 17th 2018 / Anna Hunter

The skincare legend on why she’s championing The Eve Appeal Get Lippy campaign, how a smear test could’ve made all the difference to her grandma and why it’s time we all got comfortable with talking about all things gynaecological >>>

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A realistic ‘trying for a baby’ timeline if you’re 35+

May 4th 2018 / Anna Hunter

If you’re planning a ‘honeymoon’ baby or want to improve your chances of getting pregnant in the near future, here’s your ‘need to know’ on starting a family later, from tweaking your diet to when to stop taking contraception >>>

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I used a contraceptive app - and got pregnant

May 2nd 2018 / Anna Butterworth

Anna Butterworth wanted a contraceptive that didn’t have a negative impact on her mental or physical health, or the environment. She switched to a contraceptive app, and ended up having an experience she didn't bargain for as a result. Here’s her story >>>

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What I wish I’d known the first time I had sex

April 29th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Seven women speak candidly about what they would tell their younger selves and how their feelings about body and sexual confidence have evolved >>>

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The most common fears about childbirth (and how to conquer them)

April 25th 2018 / Rosie Goode

Plus the childbirth myths never to believe >>>

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Cramping up? This is why your period is so painful

April 17th 2018 / Anna Hunter

It’s not just an excuse to stay off games: doctors have compared the pain caused by menstrual cramps to that of experiencing a heart attack. If you’re one of the 20% of women suffering from painful cramping, read on for relief >>>

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What your vaginal discharge is trying to tell you

April 4th 2018 / Anna Hunter

It’s the topic that sexual health experts are asked about the most, from women of all ages. From smell to post-sex secretions and douching, here’s your ‘no holds barred’ guide to what’s “normal”, and what’s not >>>

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Do women’s periods really sync up?

March 22nd 2018 / Martie Haselton

It’s a widely held belief that those who live together will eventually experience the syncing up of their menstrual cycles - but is there any truth to it? Evolutionary scientist and author Martie Haselton has the answer >>>

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Tight leggings and spin classes increase the demand for vagina surgery

March 16th 2018 / Anna Hunter

At least, according to one plastic surgeon. Dr David Cangello puts a 39% rise in labiaplasty surgery down to cosmetic concerns when wearing gym leggings and comfort issues on a bike saddle… >>>

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Finally, women who experience heavy periods are being taken seriously

March 15th 2018 / Anna Hunter

Thousands more women will be offered a new test by their GP to help to identify possible causes of heavy menstrual bleeding. It’s about time too… >>>

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HPV decoded: 9 things you might not, but need to know

March 8th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

The Human Papilloma Virus - its symptoms, prevention and treatment explained by a gynaecologist and someone who has it >>>

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HANX: “We’re all about positive sexual health and female empowerment”

February 25th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Designed ‘by women for women,’ luxury condom brand HANX looks to empower as well as protect. We caught up with founders Sarah Welsh and Farah Kabir to find out more about its vision and mission >>>

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Why aren’t more women buying and carrying condoms?

February 20th 2018 / Anna Hunter

1 in 5 of us feel embarrassed to buy them, but a ‘by women’ brand of condoms is looking to change all of that. Here’s how HANX is set to change your sex life, and tired old stereotypes at the same time… >>>

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Extreme periods: what to do when menstruating is making life miserable

February 18th 2018 / Anna Hunter

Flooding, cramping, mood swings and even vomiting- severe, debilitating menstrual symptoms can be scary, painful and have a dramatic impact on daily life. Here’s a guide to what could be going on, and steps that could make ‘that’ week of the month better >>>

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Period pollution: how to reduce your plastic footprint

February 16th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Reusable sanitary products have come leaps and bounds - the days of bulky nappies and uncomfortable rags are long behind us. Meet the ones set to make their mark >>>

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5 passion killers that can ruin your Valentine’s Day and how to avoid them

February 14th 2018 / Jackie Lynch

More than one-third of us suffer from low libido and everyday issues such stress, bloating and exhaustion can easily dampen the mood. Jackie Lynch, Nutritional Therapist and author of Va Va Voom: The 10-Day Energy Diet, has these simple 'up-for-it' energy fixes >>>

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Stress, sex and sperm: what a fertility expert wants you to know

February 14th 2018 / Anna Hunter

Emma Cannon has been helping women to conceive for over 20 years. Here are the main issues she comes across, some of which may surprise you… >>>

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The Wonder Down Under: the vagina book that the world needs

February 13th 2018 / Anna Hunter

From shattering ‘the hymen myth’ to learning the truth about the clitoris (it’s FAR larger than you probably realise) and underlining how great discharge can really be, here’s why girls, women and humans everywhere should add this to their reading list… >>>

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My first period: real women share their stories

February 13th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From bathroom pep talks to period parties, we’ve all got a unique tale to tell >>>

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7 new wave vibrators that hit the spot in style

February 12th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From ones that are controlled by your smartphone to vibrators that adapt to your body, the future of sex toys is here. Meet the products that promise style, substance and satisfaction >>>

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The modern woman’s guide to contraception

February 12th 2018 / Anita Sturnham

Out of all the contraception options out there, which one’s right for you? Dr Anita Sturnham explains the factors that you should bear in mind when making your choice >>>

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Win! An intimate cosmetics bundle from Miss Vivien worth over £300

February 12th 2018

**THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED**We've teamed up with Miss Vivien to offer one lucky Get The Gloss reader a chance to win a selection of luxury sensual cosmetics worth a combined total of over £300 >>>

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Luxe skincare for ‘down there’ - the new brand that’s pushing boundaries

February 11th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

If you thought intimate products were all just Femfresh and KY Jelly, think again. New luxury brand Miss Vivien is breaking down skincare stereotypes one product at a time >>>

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10 things you need to know about endometriosis

February 1st 2018 / Judy Johnson

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition that affects 10% of women - here’s everything you need to know about symptoms, causes and treatment >>>

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