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How to close the female orgasm gap | Shannon Bledsoe

09/02/2018 Shannon Bledsoe 0

Studies show sexual pleasure, self-esteem and satisfaction profoundly impacts our wellbeing. That’s why increasing our ‘sexual IQ’ mattersIn this moment of brave truth telling and female empowerment, it’s time to address one topic that’s been…

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Boots cuts price of morning-after pill across UK

29/01/2018 Nicola Slawson 0

Chemist follows Tesco and Superdrug’s lead on discount after initially refusing to ‘incentivise inappropriate use’Boots has reduced the price of the morning-after pill in all its UK stores after failing to meet its target of a full rollout of the…

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Can an app really provide effective birth control?

15/10/2017 Nicola Davis 0

Technology that tracks women’s fertility has been hailed as being more effective than the pill – and without side-effects. Is this a genuine revolution in sexual freedom?When Apple launched their health tracking app in 2014 and didn’t include any featu…

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Why last night’s VD-laced episode of Victoria should worry modern audiences

02/10/2017 Dr Anne Hanley 0

The Victorians feared the moral and physical implications of venereal disease, but the problems of untreatable infection and inadequate health provision are all too familiar to modern viewers

  • Spoiler alert! Plot points from Victoria are revealed in this blog

In an age before antibiotics, contact tracing and the NHS, a diagnosis of venereal disease (VD) had devastating consequences. Today, confirmed cases of syphilis are at their highest in England since 1949, strains of gonorrhoea are resistant to last-line antibiotics and the NHS faces mounting financial pressures. We are far from meeting the WHO’s goal of ending sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as a major public health concern. Rather, the problems of untreatable infection and inadequate health provision that were all too familiar to the Victorians are again very real.

This is perhaps why viewers of ITV’s Victoria last night could share the apprehensions of Prince Ernest of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (played by David Oakes). Hesitating on a damp, grey London morning outside the consulting rooms of a discreet doctor, he clearly suspects the worst.

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Revealed: Johnson & Johnson’s ‘irresponsible’ actions over vaginal mesh implant

Woman awarded record $57m damages over implant launched with no clinical trial and marketed despite higher failure rate

A vaginal mesh implant made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was launched without a clinical trial, and then marketed for five years after the company learned that it had a higher failure rate than their two earlier devices.

Internal company emails disclosed in a US court case, in which a 51-year-old woman was awarded a record $57m in damages this month, also show that senior executives even briefly considered suppressing unfavourable data that “could compromise the future” of the device.

Related: What does pelvic mesh do and why are women suing over it? – explainer

Related: ‘Scandal’ of vaginal mesh removal rates revealed by NHS records

Related: Vaginal mesh implants: ‘I really thought I was dying’

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