Menstrual cups are safe, practical and cheap, but few women have even heard of them. Photo: Alamy

Menstrual cups: safe, practical and cheap alternative to tampons or sanitary pads few women have heard about

  • Sanitary protection is unaffordable or unavailable for many women around the world, some of whom face abuse or hostility during their periods
  • Menstrual cups are reusable and can last up to 10 years, and 70 per cent of women who try them would continue using them
Topic |   Health and wellness

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Menstrual cups are safe, practical and cheap, but few women have even heard of them. Photo: Alamy
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Chinese transgender activist Chao Xiaomi, a gender non-conforming individual, at her vintage clothing store in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Being transgender in China: activist on her struggles, and surgeon on his patients’ biggest challenge

  • Chao Xiaomi says there is still a serious lack of LGBT education in China, and wants to reach out to its smallest and most traditional communities
  • A gender reassignment surgeon says the medical community also lacks understanding, and criteria for surgery can be tough for patients to meet
Topic |   LGBTI

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Chinese transgender activist Chao Xiaomi, a gender non-conforming individual, at her vintage clothing store in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song
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