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We love the church hall workout

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There is a noticeboard. Stuck with a riot of children’s drawings, overlaid with adverts for old-folks’ lunches and playgroups, party entertainers and yoga classes. Traces of glitter spot the parquet looring and, on one bare-brick wall, a plaque marks the occasion of the hall’s opening by an obscure royal. As a clock strikes seven, a group of people, young and old, large and small,file in through the studded oak doors, stopping to chat as shoes are kicked into corners and mats rolled out.

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Welcome to the September issue of healthy! Our intimate health issue is here! The September edition of healthy seeks to end embarrassment around the topic of ‘down-there’ care and give the answers to the questions you won’t find anywhere else. From updates on endometriosis, to an empowering take on orgasms, we hope that this issue will help you to understand your body better. We’ve got a debate on whether or not watching porn can be healthy, advice on the best choice of contraception for you and tips on how you can balance your vaginal microbiome. Don’t worry – there’s no vaginal steaming and not a jade egg in sight! And that’s not all. In addition to our regular features and expert-led content, we’ve also investigated the health impact of microplastics, written about why we’re loving church hall fitness classes and shared some nutritious breakfast recipes for you to try. Plus, we’ve chatted to inspirational women who are paving the way for eco-friendly beauty. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy.

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Every issue we work with our leading experts in the fields of health, wellbeing, natural beauty, fitness and nutrition to review our magazine and ensure our content is balanced. Here they share their thoughts on how we can help women feel less embarrassed about intimate health
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Maddie McMahon has been a doula and breast-feeding counsellor for 15 years, helping women to make their own birthing choices
Some say it’s always antifeminist and degrading, others argue it can be empowering – if done right. Our experts argue it out
Feel tension, tiredness and fatigue loat away as you
Vaginas have come a long way since Galen, the Romans’
Sex therapist Cate Campbell cuts through the nonsense when it comes to the female climax, body part by body part
See the doctor, get a prescription, take it till you want to get pregnant/hit menopause? Yes, us too. Yet our contraception needs to change through our lifetime. It’s time for a rethink
A new blood test could detect endometriosis in 90 per cent of women who have it. But can it change the problems around how we treat this debilitating illness?
New research shows friendly bacteria aren’t just important for our digestion – they can benefit vaginal health, too
Decades in the making, a male pill has been seen as the answer to contraceptive equality. But sexual and reproductive health specialist, Dr Diana Mansour, argues it’s time to invest money and resources elsewhere
After a devastating diagnosis, Candia McCullough resolved to help other women in the same situation
the latest health advice from leading specialists, just for you
We’re hearing a lot about microplastics these days – but what exactly are they and how do they affect us? Our expert explains
Whether you’ve kids going back to school or not, autumn marks the start of coughs and colds season. We asked two experts how to fend them off
You feel unwell, but don’t know the cause – and nor does your doctor. Here’s how to cope
Inflammation is the body’s first line of defence, but may have serious repercussions if left unchecked. Could an anti-inflammatory diet be the answer?
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the best in fitness inspo, trends and church hall classes
Another month, another new fitness trend or boutique gym claiming to offer something different. But there’s a regular of the exercise scene that’s often overlooked – and it’s one that communities need more than ever
Jodie Moss battled depression for years, culminating in an overdose, aged 24 – but exercise helped her though, and this year she finished eighth in the world’s toughest foot race
If you run or cycle to work, here’s the kit to take you there – all officeappropriate for those dash-straightinto- a-meeting mornings
new, healthy and delicious twists on veggie and vegan food
The name might be associated with old-school tech, but the new plantbased fast food is the stuff of the future
Why aren’t we eating fruit any more?
The unique, colourful corner of Portugal that’s Cascais provided Hattie Parish with the perfect mix of fresh, local food and physical activity
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The end of summer is the perfect time to up your morning game, focusing on wholesome, nutritious ingredients that will keep you going until lunch
Cream, butter and eggs might be off the menu – but you can still have a showstopping pudding when the occasion demands it!
Food is vital to hormone health. These plant-based recipes are designed to support your body through your monthly cycle and get you in tune with your natural rhythms
This warming spice can potentially boost your metabolism, protect your brain and lower your cholesterol – and it tastes great in both savoury and sweet dishes
You’d be forgiven for thinking these delectable fruits are more indulgence than health food, but figs are a favourite of the wellness crew – and with good reason
Following a food intolerance diagnosis, former neuroscientist Olivia Wollenberg launched free-from sweet snacks brand Livia’s in her parents’ kitchen. Now, it’s a £1 million empire
inspiration to help you look your best, naturally
Want a regime that is more planet-friendly but still delivers results? These women have done the work so you don’t have to
If you want to get the glow you’ll need to slough off skin cells. But how you’ll exfoliate depends on your skin type. Abigail James explains
We know about anti-pollution skincare – now protective haircare is set to be the next big trend. But what can it do, and is it really necessary?
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With prescriptions for antidepressants hitting record numbers, and patients suffering debilitating side-effects when they stop, healthy asks if it’s time to start looking more seriously at the alternatives
From Joe Biden to Louis Walsh, male invasions of female personal space have been in the headlines. Here’s how to ensure your boundaries are respected IRL
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Meet Hannah Ingham, store manager at Banbridge, Northern Ireland
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Britain’s most successful female Paralympian has claimed multiple golds in swimming and cycling. Now 41, with two young children, she’s still winning world titles for Team GB