Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: Tales of the Unex-speculum

As worrying new research is published about how many women sidestep their smear, we asked Standard Issue contributors to recount memorable moments from the examination table.

Living with dementia

Five years ago, Justine Brooks’ mum was diagnosed with vascular dementia. As Justine has discovered, it’s a disease that moves the goalposts.

Interview: Penny Briscoe

It was announced last week that former GB canoe coach Penny Briscoe would be Paralympic GB’s Chef de Mission at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Jen Offord caught up with Briscoe for a chat about her illustrious career, and the changing attitudes towards the movement.

It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer… Commando

In this series, Lucy Nichol proves you never know who mental ill health will come after next by celebrating the diverse qualities and eccentricities of her lovable friends and acquaintances. This week, she gets on board with a former marine.

Seeing red

Periods are a pain in the parts at the best of times, says Cath Janes, so imagine it being 10 times worse. Thank goodness for Bloody Good Period, then.

Diary of a fat lass: Stepping away from the stilton

Feeling crappy in head and body prompted Janine Rudin to make some changes in her life – and make the kinds of promises to herself that are keepers. This week, she’s retrieving her step counter from the cheese board.

Here be dragons

Debi Gliori experienced her first terrifying bout of depression in 1984. Three decades on, and through many more years spent in the grip of depressive illness, her beautiful book Night Shift has emerged.

Baby bumps

The physical aspects of pregnancy are easy to list, says Cariad Martin, but what about the ways it alters your mind?

My cast life

Early detection and treatment of hip dysplasia (DDH) is vital to prevent lives being blighted by disability, pain and early hip replacements, says Natalie Trice, founder of DDH UK.

Sportswomen to watch in 2017

Women’s sport is going from strength to strength – and about time. We asked our Jen Offord to point out the names we should be looking out for this year.