Earlier this week, The Supreme Court ruled against the appeal challenging the government’s refusal to provide women from Northern Ireland with abortion treatment through the NHS for free. The court was divided 3-2 against the appeal, claiming that they sympathised with Northern Irish women but that there is a need to...

At 11am on the 18th of April, Theresa May called the General Election, and I can honestly say I felt nothing. I felt so empty because politically, I was spent. I know I’m not alone in saying that after a year that brought us Donald Trump, confusing Brexit negotiations, unexpected losses in Labour ‘safe seats’ and the...

When I was training to become a sex therapist, I wrote an essay on masturbation, only to discover that there was hardly any research on female masturbation. I got the impression that researchers didn’t think it was necessary to explore this topic because women just didn’t do that. How wrong they were! Historically,...

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...

Sex should always be fun, so it can be off putting and even scary when pain replaces pleasure. However, pain isn’t something you should be ashamed of: statistics show that one in ten British women between the ages of 16-74 suffer from pain or as it’s medically known dyspareunia, according to BJOG. I think we’ve all...

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)...

When an interview opens with a cup of tea, and closes with a friendly hand job demonstration, you know you’re writing an article for Verbal Remedy. I absolutely love writing about genitals on the internet. Very few things make me happier, other than when my fuchsia decides it can be bothered to grow, or when I find a...

Period poverty is something we’ve long been aware of in the developing world, but recently many of us have had our eyes open to horrifying issues being faced right here on our doorstep. The charity Freedom4Girls, who normally send supplies to Kenya, has for the first time provided towels and tampons to a local Leeds...

There is power in the stories we tell; the stories we tell matter. The impact that a story, a character, or an artist can have on a person’s life can’t be stated enough. Music. Theatre. TV. Film. Books. No matter the medium, telling or listening to a story can not only be an outlet, but a lifesaver. Being surrounded...

Iused to think all women shortlists were degrading, portraying women as a group that should be given places in parliament out of pity, not because of their ability. However, through being social secretary of Newcastle University Labour Society and having the opportunity to speak to women on all sides of the party,...