Getting Braces Soon? Here’s What You Should Know

We’ve all heard the horror stories of having braces but here’s some factual information. Look, I’ve been there, the day I found out I had to get braces, I thought my life had ended. I was balling crying to my mam trying to figure out a plan where I could convince my Orthodontist that he

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The HPV Vaccine: A Comprehensive Guide

  You’ve probably heard the advertisements for the HPV vaccine on the radio in recent weeks. We asked our favourite Doc, Dr Sharon O’Donnell to explain it for us…   While there has been a lot of discussion about the HPV vaccine, the fact of the matter is that it will undoubtedly save lives and

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Routines That are Damaging Your Brain

8 Habits That are Damaging Your Brain

Routines may be boring at times, but for some of us, they help us to plan and stop us from stressing too much about how our day is going to pan out. Also, our brains have, quite frankly, enough to be dealing with. All of those routines become habits, and some are good, but some

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Social media

Things I Wish I Knew about Social Media Earlier

Social media is everywhere around us these days – Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat… the list is endless. We are all guilty of spending too much time scrolling through the latest posts or checking how many likes our recent selfie has gotten. But it was when I started to spend hours obsessing over what my friends

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love your body

Five Ways to Love your Body

Warning: Talks of body image, diets and body negativity. We are often told that we should love the body that we are in, and how strong is the new skinny.  Do we actually follow or believe this advice or do we still focus on the areas of our bodies we want to change? The following

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Black women in sport

Sport and Body Confidence

  This was sent to us by a teenage girl within the Shona community. Our website is a safe space for young women to share their experiences and how they have overcome tricky situations. By sharing our stories, we can ensure that girls across the country will know that they are never alone, no matter

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What is Gaslighting? By TooIntoYou

This post has been submitted by Woman’s Aid as part of their campaign #TooIntoYou What is Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse. It happens when the person you’re going with, or even your ex, makes you constantly question your own feelings, memories and reality. They do this to make you unsure of yourself

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Turns Out The Gym Isn’t That Scary

This isn’t going to be another one of those preachy articles or Insta posts that guilt you into going to the gym or make you feel terrible that you don’t go. Trust me, I’ve been there and only recently I’ve begun to find my feet in the gym. It’s true that exercise and the gym

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5 Life Lessons I Learned from Vicky Phelan.

This post was written by our founder, Tammy in 2018. Vicky was a hero to all of us, and inspired the entire Shona community. She taught us so much about speaking up for ourselves, trusting our gut, and being advocates for ourselves. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Jim, her daughter Amelia, her

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Eating Disorders, How To Help

Up to 200,000 people in Ireland are reported to have an eating disorder, causing up to 80 deaths per year. You would struggle to find any female who says that they are happy with their body as we, by our nature, focus on the bad, and not on the good. We compare ourselves to others

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What Pride Means To Me – By Raevynna

My name is Raevynna and today I’d like to share with you what Pride means to me. Pride month can mean a lot of different things to different people, after all, each person experiences and interprets Pride in their own unique way. For some, Pride is pretty self-explanatory, it’s about being unashamed and unapologetic of

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What’s the craic with… THRUSH???

Oh no sweetie, we’re not talking about the bird kind of thrush, the other kind! Most women and girls will suffer from Thrush at some stage and usually its starts with a rather awkward itch. Luckily for us, we’ve spoken to our medical professional friends and asked them to explain it in full, and tell

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Are My Boobs Normal?

How long do we spend looking at our boobaloobas in the shower and wondering if they are normal? (Spoiler alert, of course they are?) We’ve reached out to some of our besties (look at us having doctor friends) and here is some info we have gathered from our experts… Boobs, jugs, knockers, tits, mammary glands-

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Why Can’t We Talk About Periods???

Oh.. are we not supposed to go there? Would you prefer we hadn’t brought it up? Aunt Flo, shark week, red ribbon, things, yolks, crimson wave, time of the month, women’s trouble, flowers, the painters. Here is a helpful list of about 1,000 alternative words you can use. Because it’s a well-known fact that if you

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Turning Red – A Review By Aoife

“Turning Red” is a heart-warming coming-of-age movie from Pixar Animation. It follows the story of Mei, a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl who (inconveniently!) transforms into a giant red panda whenever she experiences strong emotions. Throughout the course of the film, we see Mei navigate the difficulties of growing up and balancing her parent’s wishes for her

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EDAW: Moments of Freedom – By Megan

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and once again, Megan wanted to write something about where she stands now in relation to her recovery from anorexia. This is something Megan has been writing about for Shona for the past 5 years. Eating Disorder Awareness Week is here again!! It can be quite an overwhelming week for

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Why Water Is Your Best Friend

Okay, can we all agree that we are constantly being told to drink water and why it is so important to stay hydrated? Why does anyone need to be told to drink more water? It’s obvious, right? Well, this may seem boring to you, but let’s explore why it’s so important. It will wake up

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