Women's Health

Period products in schools are only guaranteed till June. What happens after that?

"To remove a programme like this … would be destructive.”

Why I had an abortion: Young NZers share their stories

Despite abortion being decriminalised, it remains a divisive topic in New Zealand.

Playing sport with your ikura: NZ athletes help break stigma around periods

"The purpose is to break down menstrual equity barriers in education and in sport."

The clitoris: Explained

What we all may think is the clitoris - is just the tip of the iceberg.

I found out I had breast cancer at 25

Nearly 400 women are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 45 each year in New Zealand.

Anal sex is on the rise but education isn’t catching up

“When I get regular STI checks, I never get asked about anal sex then either - only vagina or oral."

Infertility impacts childhood cancer survivors but there may be a solution

Every year 400,000 young people aged 0 to 19 are diagnosed with cancer around the world.

How NZ politicians reacted to Roe v Wade ruling

A National MP deleted a “distressing” post.

Protest-free ‘safe zones’ now legal outside abortion clinics

The proposed law passed its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday evening.

Talking about OCD with BENEE

“I'm just constantly counting and it got really annoying. At one point, I was counting pumps of face cleanser, and I was just like, Oh, God,…

5 lessons from interviewing 100 indigenous wāhine

Qiane Matata-Sipu shares 5 lessons from interviewing 100 indigenous wāhine.

I’m 27 and Covid-19 gave me a heart and lung condition: Living with Long Covid

“I have completely changed, I've become a shell of the person I was.”

Mai FM host Tegan Yorwarth talks body image, anxiety and balance | Eating Fried Chicken in the…

Tegan joins James Nokise to talk about getting strange messages and dealing with strange expectation

Thousands of women injured during childbirth will be covered by ACC under proposed changes

The Government today announced plans for maternity healthcare improvements

The leading cause of death during pregnancy in NZ is suicide. Over half those women are Māori

Journalist Te Rauhiringa Krystal-Lee Brown shares her story of perinatal anxiety and depression.

If someone has a 50% chance of passing a fatal disease onto their children, should they have kids?

Lillian Hanly has a 50% chance of inheriting Huntington's, a fatal neurodegenerative disease.

From antidepressants to clueless partners: Women tell us about struggling to orgasm

Re: speaks to seven women involved about the orgasm gap.

Corrections says it will stop handcuffing women giving birth

The Government department responsible for prisons says it will stop restraining women in labour or past 30 weeks pregnant. It also promises to stop handcuffing prisoners…

Pleasure study identifies four ways women make sex better

Thousands of women aged 18 to 93 have described specific ways they make vaginal penetration more pleasurable in a new study.

Researchers in the US used information…

NZ will now give bereavement leave for miscarriages and stillbirths

Last night, parliament unanimously passed a bill that will allow people to take three days bereavement leave following a miscarriage or stillbirth.

The Member’s Bill was introduced…

My flat finally threw a period party

Daria and her flatmates throw themselves a belated period party.

Finding out how my Muslim faith views periods

Zahra Shahtahmasebi never really thought about how her Muslim faith views periods. When her’s first arrived she found herself feeling embarrassed, secretive and desperate not to…

My Indian family celebrated my period

When Sudha Kandarpa first got her period, her parents threw a celebration.

These physios have developed a postnatal WOF because mums aren’t getting care

"It's the most life-changing thing bringing a baby into the world and we need to be healthy and at our best to make sure we can…

Most women literally tear during birth but only a fraction are funded for physio care

Many women experience health issues after giving birth, but only a fraction receive funded care.

Let's talk period sex

Ava*, 26, and Ryan*, 27, have been together for two years. There’s something Ava wants to try in the bedroom - she thinks it could be…

Michelle's boyfriend reads her period diary

Bloating, cramps and feeling horny are some of the experiences Michelle's recorded in her period diary. Her boyfriend Chris is going to have a read -…

Fact or Fiction with The Vagina Physio

We sat down with Vagina Physio Caitlin Day to talk about how physiotherapy isn't just for indoor netball injuries - she gave us 10 questions she's…

The Vagina Physio

If you really think about it, periods, sex and childbirth bear a striking resemblance to extreme sports. There’s stress, endurance, pain, endorphins and usually there’s a…