Womens Health

Life Without Periods: Taking the Contraceptive Pill Back-to-Back

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

'Seriously, you mean I don't have to have a period every month whilst on the Pill?' 'That's correct, you don't have to bleed every month if you don't want to. In fact, you can safely take the Pill continuously without a break for as long as you are on the Pill'. Every time I give young women this information, I hear: 'Why have I not been told this before?

The Latest Planned Parenthood "Controversy" is Fueled by Ignorance

Adam Jung | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

No, America, Planned Parenthood isn't selling baby parts. They're not actually "selling" anything. Like nearly every other hospital or clinic in the country, they provide donated tissue blocks from surgical procedures for medical research; research that has likely saved the life of people you know.

I Don't Look Like Erica Schenk When I Run...But Thats OK

Julie Creffield | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

Now I am all for changing up the imagery we see in the sport and fitness world and having positive role models when it comes to physical activity at every size for a change, but the fact she is a professional model somehow deters from the power of this statement.

Stop Counting Calories for Beach Body Confidence

Juls Abernethy | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Juls Abernethy

For decades we have been told that when it comes to weight loss you need to count calories. Put less in than you use up and you lose weight. It's the perfect equation... except that it isn't! Playing the calorie counting game doesn't work in the long term and even in the short term it may do more harm that good.

The Race to Reproduce

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

Does the young woman of today who wishes to have children not know her own 'ticking biological clock' or is it the case of the medical profession and media being patronising to women, denigrating their choices?

This Woman Has Started A Zine About Periods

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Periods. Approximately half the world's population get them, and yet they remain a taboo subject which is seldom discussed. Thankfully one woman ho...

Before I Die...

Lisa Regan | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Life is so fast paced now, that often we have very little time to just take stock and ask ourselves what it is we want to do, where we want to go or how do we feel about situations, people and ourselves.

Periods After Pregnancy (or How My Body Is Conspiring Against Me)

Louise Parry | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Parents
Louise Parry

My theory is that PMT is the body conspiring against you to try and convince you to become pregnant and have more children, buying into the misguided theory that by making periods completely awful we as women will do anything to prevent them.

Doing My Bit...

Polly Walker | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

This condition can cause all sorts of neurological symptoms, the main one being the most SEVERE AND HORRENDOUS AND DEBILITATING HEADACHE THAT IS ONLY RELIEVED BY LYING DOWN. (In capitals because this is the major defining symptom of this condition - spreading awareness and all that!).

I Don't Do 'Perfect' When It Comes to Hoovering!

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

I gave up perfectionism decades ago! What a relief. However, I will unapologetically try for 'perfect' on some things, like making sure there are no typos in this article. (Now I know for sure some perfectionist out there is going to search for one...should I give them one?)

Why I Decided to 'Live Flat' After Breast Cancer - and Ended Up on EastEnders

Gill Roberts | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gill Roberts

At the diagnosis appointment my surgeon went straight on to suggest a mastectomy followed by a stomach tuck to reconstruct a new breast, and explained how they'd have to reduce the other breast as I was fairly well endowed and it was unlikely they could reconstruct to match.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Get Pregnant if You Have Diabetes

Suzi Godson | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Suzi Godson

Given the importance of good blood sugar control during pregnancy, it is bewildering that the 2015 NICE guidelines do not advise that diabetic women should be routinely offered a continuous glucose monitor for the duration of their pregnancy.

What Happened While I Was Gaining Weight

Jamie Khoo | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Khoo

Yes, I have gained weight. I'm bigger and rounder and fleshier than I've ever been. But I've gained so many other things in the process too; the extra pounds of flesh and fat are just a tiny part of all the other abundances.

Where's Your Raging Redhead?

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

As you burnout you start feeling empty and lost. You find yourself questioning everything you ever thought you wanted, dreamed-of or achieved. Slowly the knowledge and vision of who you were 'meant' to be grows dimmer and dimmer.

The Power of Teamwork

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

You can achieve a lot when all hands are on deck and our journey in the Volvo Ocean Race is proof of the full extent of girl power. However, instead of Scary, Baby, Posh and Ginger, Team SCA has Drivers, Trimmers, a Navigator and a Skipper.

Why the Fantasy of Thin Keeps You Fat

Jacqui Macdonald | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqui Macdonald

Thin seduces so many of us with the promise of a beautiful new life. We daydream about how fabulous we will be when we lose weight. The dresses we will wear. The parties we will go to. The appreciative glances we will solicit whenever we enter a room. Oh to be thin. Life would be perfect. Wouldn't it?

The 'Invisible Loss' of Involuntary Childlessness

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

Facing the reality of not being able to have children is heart-breaking, whether trying to conceive a child naturally, using methods of assisted conception (IVF) or arriving at childlessness by another means.

Bad Vibrations: a DIY Guide to Women's Gynae

Louise V Smith | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise V Smith

Late last year, I noticed some post-menopausal spotting. What a joke: a period at my age. Mildly curious, I went to the NHS website, which featured a middle-aged frump, hands covering her face in anguish.

Why Are Women NOT Having Smear Tests?

Leonie Eastwood | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leonie Eastwood

The smear test itself didn't take long and wasn't particularly uncomfortable. Instead of the cold metal pieces of equipment that were used up until recently, my doctor showed me the speculum - a disposable plastic tool used to carry out the test - and urged me to stay relaxed.

Femfresh Advert Avoids Biological Words For Female Genitals (Again)

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Femfresh have scored yet another spectacular own goal, proving that they are (yet again) unable to use biological words for female genitals. The ne...

The Time My Little Sister Went Viral

Vicki Lutas | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Lutas

Well, sort of.​ With over 4000 shares and likes combined, that's pretty viral by normal, non-Miley-Cyrus-person standards. What was it for? Well, given that she's performed in the West End, worked at Hollyoaks, and sung live on GMTV with our band, it's only fitting she went viral for... err, smear tests.

Freeze Your Eggs if You Intend to Start a Family After 35 - Do People Really Plan Ahead?

Justine Lee | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Justine Lee

I have friends who have had babies easily and happily well into their 40s, but I also know others who are not so fortunate. And I've got friends who were unable to conceive naturally in their 20s and 30s. So what does that tell me? Quite simply, starting a family isn't plain sailing whatever your age.

The Beginning of the End of Breast Cancer Deaths in the UK

Baroness Delyth Morgan | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Baroness Delyth Morgan

Together, we must fund relentlessly, collaborate profusely and campaign effectively until breast cancer ceases to take the lives of the women that we love. Our promise is to tackle the disease from all angles: to prevent it developing, to detect it earlier and to improve the quality of treatment and services for women living with it.

Team SCA Have Made History, and We Can't Believe It!

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

To say that we're all a little bit older and a little bit wiser sounds completely contrived, but it is absolutely true - we are all very different women from those who started the race in Alicante those many months ago.

"Dealing With Involuntary Childlessness"

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

Whatever stage you are at in the fertility journey, becoming a mother or father becomes the centre of your world. Every waking moment you become aware of where you are in your cycle and those on the 'IVF train' have the long and often anxious six weeks journey of hope, excitement, joy and often disappointment.