Category: Health & Exercise

It’s very easy to believe that women are “too complicated to understand” – but even despite natural variations, some general patterns of pleasure exist and need to be acknowledged. One of the first sites attempting to demystify female pleasure and get people to reap the benefits is an interesting new platform called...

I‘m Laura, and I have major depression and generalised anxiety. For the past few years, my illness has defined both myself and my educational experience, to the point of having to repeat my final year of university. Below I talk about attempting to balance my mental illness with my education, how I fought (and lost)...

I’ve had cystitis so many times that I can remember episodes like holidays. I’ll chuckle to myself as I’m walking to work, like I’m reminiscing over a nice cocktail or sandy beach… Ahh, the time I got it at my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding… that was a good one. The best by far was after a weeklong camping trip in the Scottish...

I told him. I didn’t say the word, abortion, but I told him. In that moment it felt like, by just telling him, he would understand. To me, when I hear that word, there is a myriad of locked-in memories, emotions, gut reactions, tensions in my body. My breath catches; I feel and hear my heart beating. For the first...

Dear Anxiety and Depression, As the two of you live together, I hope you don’t mind that I don’t write to you both separately. I also apologise that it’s taken me so long to reply to your messages. You get in touch so often and yet I don’t ever get the opportunity to respond. Well today that changes. We’ve had a very...

You were very big that day. Not big in any physical sense of the word but just … imposing. You were one of the first doctors that I’d ever visited in my entire life that wasn’t my GP. To this day, I remember my knees trembling a little bit, my toes wiggling in the trainers I had on, my hand sweaty in my mum’s hand...

Happy New Year, everyone! I try not to get sucked into all the hype around new year resolutions and all that crap. Really they are all designed just to make women feel guilty and overweight! Yuck. I posted a statistic on my Facebook page saying that allegedly 92% of people who set new year’s resolutions have given...

It’s no lie that this year, like every winter, the NHS is feeling the strain. Every winter we have more patients and less funding to contend with, and that is manifesting as longer A&E waiting times, but should we be worried about using the health service when we need it? The short answer is no. The big secret is to...

Five minutes into a conversation with Rosy, founder of EVERY MONTH, I’ve decided that we have to be friends (sorry Rosy, you don’t get a choice). Verbal Remedy is running this piece on Rosy’s project EVERY MONTH, a Manchester-based DIY campaign that crowdfunds money for period packs, which are then donated to food...

It all started with a kalamata olive loaf… Finding a job these days is not easy; we all know this. For me it took seven months and about eighty rejections, but finally that day came where I received a phonecall to say I was being offered a job. I celebrated in the expected manner: went to the pub at 11am on a Thursday...