Womens Health

Helping People Understand Life During and After Breast Cancer

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

Understanding the pressures from society to get 'back to normal' after the death of my wife, it's evident that many women find it very difficult to do just that after breast cancer. The mental and/or physical scars remain, even though the world around sees a person who has 'beaten it'.

Is Exercise Bad for Me?

Laura Knowles | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Knowles

One woman gets stronger, fitter and healthier. The other woman frequently injures herself, picks up colds she cannot shift, starts to experience sleep disturbances and nightmares and her body fat increases. Why such a difference in experiences?

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Let Endometriosis Spoil Your Sex Life

Suzi Godson | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Once sex becomes associated with pain, the mere anticipation of post-coital discomfort can make a woman with endometriosis avoid sex and it is hard for their partners not to interpret this as rejection.

BRCA1 and My Preventative Double Mastectomy

Charlotte Wood | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Wood

If my mum had this surgery all those years ago I would still have her here to guide me. Instead, I have a memory box full of random items such as an old pill box and her hospital bands. To most people these might seem like junk, but to me it's all I have left of her. Now and then I go and sit on the floor and empty the box and read some of the notes in there and her old diary.

Why We Need to Keep Talking About Abortion

Erika Garratt | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Erika Garratt

Many have told me that my petition is restricting freedom of speech. This is not about banning protests, just moving them to a safe distance away from women accessing the clinics. If these protests are about educating women about abortion (which I find to be an incredibly patronising reason) and not to intimidate, then I cannot see why a legal buffer zone would be an issue for them...

10 Women Will Receive Womb Transplants For First Time In UK

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Ten British women without wombs will get the chance to carry their own babies after doctors received the go-ahead for the first ever womb transplants ...

Stop Putting Pressure on New Mums

Amy Ransom | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

So when, exactly, are new mums expected to look after their own nutrition? When are they supposed to make a healthy meal or think about eating their five-a-day? The reality is, it's often far easier to reach for a slab of cake or a couple of chocolate digestives.

If You're Decision-Shy We Should Chat!

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

Come to think of it we have been raised and trained to take decisions very very seriously. We were told, "If you make the wrong decision the sky is going to fall!" Oh, ok, not in so many words, it was probably more subtle, more like...

I'm Not Recovered Yet, But Recovery Will Do

Kat Pugh | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Once again my mind had become full of numbers and targets and filled with this concept that every minor set back was an enormous failure. Suddenly the all too familiar ritual of daily weigh-ins and calorie counting became habitual and without thinking I was slipping back into the icy grasp of anorexia, who I had tried so hard to separate from.

It's Time for the Leather! Meeting, Training and Getting to Know Mr Will Power

Lisa Regan | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Did you know that will power is an actual muscle that you can train? You might have known this subconsciously when you avoid temptation and say no to that chocolate cake you had been lusting after, this refusal would have been like doing 100 squats in terms of growing that will power reserve.

Doctor, What Is My Cancer Risk if I am on the Pill?

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

There is some evidence to show that if women are on the Pill for more than ten years, they may be at a slightly higher risk from breast and cervical cancers, but it is possible that this is because these cancers tend to be picked up earlier as women on the Pill tend to have health check-ups more often.

No End to Endo

Tracey Morgan | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Morgan

I suffer from Endometriosis. For those of you who don't know what that means it is usually a very painful and debilitating illness that affects over 1.5 million women in the UK alone, caused by the endometrial lining in the uterus migrating and growing elsewhere in the body.

My Cancer Journey

Amanda Adams | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Adams

It's funny how just when things are going well life decides to throw in a major curve ball. Well that's just what happened to me, and this is my story. On June 13th 2012 my life as I knew it changed forever. This was the day that I was diagnosed with colon cancer.

We Need to Talk About Vaginas

Athena Lamnisos | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Athena Lamnisos

The worst conversation many of us will ever have will relate to deadly diseases such as gynaecological cancers. And one thing is very clear to me - these diseases don't discriminate; they can affect women at any age. Nearly 20,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer and almost 8,000 die within five years.

Mum Of Teen Who Died From Toxic Shock Syndrome Wants Others To Learn Symptoms

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The mum of a teenager who died from sepsis while on her period wants others to learn about the dangers of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Jemma-Louise ...

Cara Delevingne Joins Stella McCartney To Support Breast Cancer Awareness

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Style

Cara Delevingne may have swapped fashion for the big screen, but the 23-year-old has made a brief return to modelling for Stella McCartney's new linge...

We Must Fight the Stigma of Having a Stoma

Davina Jowett | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Davina Jowett

It took me years to come to terms with my stoma. At my lowest point I weighed only four stone, I had Clostridium Difficile and a blood clot. My marriage had gone past saving and I left my husband.

A Letter to My Body on My 27th Birthday

Alice-May Purkiss | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice-May Purkiss

My bitterness towards you comes and goes. I know it's going to take me time to trust you again. But equally I've watched with amazement at how you've taken on this new challenge with aplomb. You've been prodded and poked and stabbed and jabbed. You've healed and strengthened and moved on and adapted.

I've Spent Eight Months Talking About Periods - and Here's Why

Bridget Hamilton | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Bridget Hamilton

It only really dawned on me that I had become caught up in a Zeitgeist when a woman I had recently interviewed about her cycle - by connecting with her naively on Facebook - popped up in The Guardian. Our formerly taboo, at best innocuous, monthly cycles are front page news - and I've been watching the whole thing unfold.

Does Your Job Give You Blisters?

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

One of the things that leads to burnout faster than anything is being in a lousy fit job! We've probably all been there at one time or another in our working careers (I know I sure have). So, how do you know if you are in a lousy fit job? Well...

Newlywed Dies Of Cervical Cancer After Being Told She Was 'Too Young' For Smear Test

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A 25-year-old has died from a rare form of cervical cancer after being told she was "too young" to have a smear test. Emma Fisk, from Selby, North ...

The Alarming Truth About How Much Periods Cost Women In A Lifetime

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Periods don't just give us cramps, they also cost us an absolute fortune. New research has revealed that British women spend as much as £18,450 on...

The Birth Plan, Really?

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Birth doesn't always allow for a 'heads up' on what is likely to happen. Are we giving some women the idea that they will be in control of something that really is an unknown, just by calling it a 'Birth Plan'? We can only really be in control of how we respond to some events, not the events themselves.

It's Time to Open Up: Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Athena Lamnisos | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Athena Lamnisos

Not having those conversations can cost lives. So what's stopping us on this one? The dictionary definition of vagina is very straightforward: 'the part of a woman's body that connects her outer sex organs to her womb'. It's an anatomical term, and should be used without shame.

Pop the Kettle On ...It's Time to De-Stess

Juls Abernethy | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Juls Abernethy

beyond its role as a national streiotype what if I told you that taking one cup of tea each day could reduce your stress levels, make you feel less emotional and more in control, improve your working memory and give you more mental clarity.