Editorial policy

Your health as a woman is impacted by all the factors that make up your experience of the world: emotional, political, social, cultural, as well as physical and lifestyle. To reliably meet this full spectrum of health needs, The Femedic uses different types of content that require different levels of expertise and investigation. 

We have two content streams:

  • Medical 
  • Editorial

Whether a piece is Medical or Editorial will be marked clearly at the top of each piece, below the featured image and above the body text. 

The Femedic also features sponsored content, which will be clearly marked as 'Sponsored' at the top of the piece.

Medical

The Medical stream is written by qualified medical professionals and responds to questions that are clinical in nature. This means that they are addressing the medical, scientific aspects of health, that often pertain to physical and mental health. They are questions that require a doctor’s expertise to answer. 

This type of content includes questions, guidance, and information relating to:

  • General information about medical conditions: thrush, incontinence, menopause, endometriosis, etc.
  • Symptoms of medical conditions
  • Causes of medical conditions 
  • Treatment options for medical conditions, including advice for prevention 
  • Risk factors and comment on the latest research regarding medical conditions 

All of our medical content is reviewed and updated every two years. You can see when a piece was last updated, and when it is next due for review, at the bottom of each piece. 

Each of our medical pieces references clinical guidance and scientific research to substantiate claims or to reference any developments relevant to that piece. 

These pieces are not an alternative to advice or information from a health professional, including visiting your own GP, or a clinic or hospital. They offer education, supportive advice, and information on women’s health and health-related issues aimed at women within the general public, that seeks to complement qualified and professional advice or information.

Learn more about our doctors 

Editorial

The Editorial stream covers all aspects of health that are non-clinical in nature, including social and political factors, identity, culture, discrimination, gender, lifestyle and wellness, and sharing particular women’s experiences. This content is usually issue and experience-lead, and does not require clinical knowledge or expertise to investigate. It is written by The Femedic’s staff journalists, activists, and women with particular experiences. The Femedic commissions freelance journalists to write editorial pieces that explore issues and stories that add value to the discussion on women’s health. 

This type of content includes:

  • First-person essays or narratives, describing an experience 
  • Feature pieces and investigations into issues, including socio-political developments 
  • Opinion pieces, responding to popular culture, or socio-political developments 
  • Educational pieces breaking down concepts and issues relevant to women’s health, including gender, reproductive justice, racism, ableism, and more 
  • Feature pieces that investigate lifestyle and wellness factors of conditions we cover
  • News on relevant developments in health and science 

There are certain clinical aspects of health that may naturally overlap into some of these discussions, for example, a discussion about lifestyle may have specific considerations for women living with a particular condition or experiencing a certain symptom. Some conditions and topics have an intrinsic and inseparable overlap between ‘medical’ and ‘non-medical’ factors, for example, sexual health is significantly emotional and is directly linked to socio-political issues, including reproductive justice. 

It is our policy to include comment from a qualified medical professional where a piece includes discussion of a medical topic, question, or concern. Each professional's credentials will be listed in the piece. 

Any additional information included that relates to medical conditions will either be accepted general knowledge (i.e. period pain can be distressing) or be reporting on established and public scientific research. All sources will be listed as a bibliography at the bottom of the piece.

Sponsored content 

The Femedic includes sponsored content from brands, organisations, and individuals who share our ethos. We will only accept sponsored content that we believe adds genuine value to our readers. 

Read more about our policy on sponsored content

Read our mission statement

Past last updated July 2019