Period Shaming

By Sheila Harrington Jane Garvey, one of Women’s Hour’s presenters, recently sent a pre-show tweet saying that she was going to be talking about how women feel about having sex while on their period (period sex). Some of the replies she received were as follows: ‘Crikey’ A range of disgusted GIFs ‘It’s just eeewww to Continue Reading

Redefining Strength

What does it mean to be strong in a world where it is defined by stoicism and physicality? Is it still possible to strong when you exist beyond these categories? The more people I meet, the more I begin to realise that strength is to exist in the face of adversity. And adversity exists in Continue Reading

Sandwell and West Birmingham Healthcare Trust partners with Cysters

Cysters have formed a partnership with Sandwell and West Birmingham Healthcare Trust to tackle issues around women’s health, including period poverty. Period poverty is on the rise in the UK and Sandwell and west Birmingham is known to be one of the most deprived areas in the country meaning that many people will be struggling Continue Reading

Founder of Cysters defies trolling and gets Special Recognition at Pride of Birmingham Awards

What. A. Night. And not one we thought we would ever be writing about. After all, this wasn’t part of our plan. We simply wanted to Inform, Educate and Empower women to make informed choices on their reproductive and mental health. Who would have thought a grassroots organisation, who have never received funding to pursue Continue Reading

Virginity – A Social Constraint?

I’ve always believed that the concept of virginity was a social constraint. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s taken me years of constant unlearning to get to this point. My belief that it is a social constraint doesn’t mean that I don’t think that virginity and sex doesn’t carry emotional weight. Because it does, and it Continue Reading