We’re sex positive, smart, and we want pretty condoms!

Chloe Pedley Jun 2, 2019 0 comments 0

Dear condom companies, We totally get it. Condoms are marketed to men as your primary user base, and we women are just expected be along for the ride. (pun not intended) We had an inkling that condoms might be letting us down, so we surveyed a bunch of women, smart women, intelligent women, and we found that condoms come up…

Tumblr, Facebook, PayPal and the big bad ban on Sex.

Chloe Pedley Dec 7, 2018 0 comments 0

I’ve been writing as a sex and body positive educator on Polkadotsi for five years now. It’s been an interesting experience finding space to share ideas, content, and spread the idea that bodies are neutral, sex is positive, and talk about all of the things that we should have been taught as children. It seems however, that there’s a section…

I Lost My Virginity to Rape

Chloe Pedley Aug 20, 2018 3 comments 0

I lost my virginity** to non-consensual sex. It’s taken nearly 15 years to  call it rape. It was summer, I was a teenager and I thought I was in love. He was charming, sweet, as sexually inexperienced as I was – and looking back; equally stupid. We had dated for a few hormone driven wonderful months and had at length…

When Sex Isn’t Rainbows and Unicorns.

Chloe Pedley Aug 17, 2018 0 comments 0

Most of us have been sold a lie. Movies, romantic books, and even the social expectations of love and relationships mislead us greatly. Boy meets girl, girl and boy fall in love, lots of orgasms, happily ever after, right?! Apart from being particularly hetero-normative (sorry) and simplistic, it’s a pretty common story for what a lot of us are told…

Birth Stories: Welcome Earthside James Tiberius

Chloe Pedley Jul 8, 2018 0 comments 0

James Tiberius from Fiona Rogerson on Vimeo. JT’s pregnancy was straightforward and healthy – it was a bit of a journey for me, just in the basis that I’m used to connecting spiritually to my babies very early in pregnancy, yet little James and I never felt that connection while he was within me. I spent the 9 months consciously…

27 Snuggly Self Care Rituals For Mums

Chloe Pedley Jun 6, 2017 0 comments 0

Pin this to read later I’m a mum of four little boys. My life is often filled with rough and tumble, penis jokes, farts, and various smells that I never would have considered human. Occasionally we have the help of an au pair, and my first instruction to them is their  role is to make sure the house doesn’t…

Birth Stories: The Arrival of Wee Finn

Chloe Pedley Apr 6, 2017 0 comments 0

I have had four very different births, three of which have been at home with my very lovely midwife. This is the story of my fourth birth, which was by far my easiest most enjoyable birth, but my most challenging pregnancy. We had decided firmly that three children was enough for us. We had three magnificent little boys, and a…

We Need To Talk About Prolapse

Chloe Pedley Mar 23, 2017 0 comments 0

We need to talk about prolapse! Sometimes the weakening of our pelvic floor during and after pregnancy  is enough to cause a prolapse, which is when the internal organs fall through the connective tissue of your pelvic floor. This can be a bladder prolapse, a rectal prolapse, a uterine prolapse, or an intestinal prolapse. Prolapse can also be caused by…

We Need To Talk About Sex During Pregnancy

Emma Stewart Dec 1, 2016 0 comments 0

Sex in the first trimester Is It Safe? As a sexologist I’m very often asked about the safety of having sex during pregnancy – well here’s the good news – doing the nasty when you’ve got a bun in the oven is not only hot, it’s perfectly safe.  If you feel well and sexy – it’s a jolly good idea…

Post Baby Body Positivity

Chloe Pedley Sep 14, 2016 0 comments 0

My babies and pregnancy changed my body forever. Physically, spiritually, and oh did I mention physically? I gained nearly 35kg in my first pregnancy. I felt enormous, I was enormous, and that was perfectly OK because it was a delightful, healthy pregnancy that produced a delightful healthy baby. But once that baby was birthed, and in my arms I was…