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BBC School Report 2018

Students from Watford Grammar School for Girls will be making the news for real on 15 March 2018 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on News Day, but before that you will see many fascinating and topical articles about what is happening locally and nationally.


The worst problem ever. Period.

Report by BBC News School Reporter, Nina (Year 8)


In our school and across the UK, many teenage girls are still experiencing unnecessary pain due to lack of swift solutions.  Many girls with chronic heavy and uneven periods and conditions like PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or endometriosis are suffering.

Doctors are dragging their feet to prescribe OCP (oral contraceptive pills) for girls with gynecological medical conditions as they are afraid of promoting underage sex.  Meanwhile, girls are suffering symptoms like painful cramps and sugar cravings.

I should know and this is what has happened to me. Recently, I have had heavy and frequent periods, huge outbreaks on my nose and have been losing concentration in school. I was prescribed ‘500 mg tablets of Tranexamic Acid’, which should help cramps and thin the blood, but it has proven not to work effectively. Upon returning to the doctors, they had mentioned OCP pills as a possible solution.

But with OCP pills, there are also lots of other problems. 

I went to talk about this issue with Mrs. Barrett, Watford Girls’ medical officer, who advised me that ‘The oral contraceptive pill does have side effects and it slightly increases the risk of getting a blood clot in the lungs or the veins of the leg, so it should only be taken under the guidance of a doctor’. 

This blood clot has the name of ‘Thrombosis’. Although rare, it can prove fatal. Along with this the OCP pill can weaken the immune system in some places, while increase it in others.

of that, as of late, there have been many underage pregnancies. Doctors are worried that if they start giving OCP pills to young people that they will advertise underage sex, resulting in deaths for young adult and their children as they are too young to give birth.

So in the end, I do understand their situation and can sympathize with their problems. But I do wish they were quicker to be able to help girls like me sooner.