Womens Health

Some 'Tampon Tax' Funding Must Help the Most Excluded Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

George Osborne is already coming under fire for using the 'tampon tax' to fund women's charities, particularly those responding to abuse. Many are (rightly) asking whether women should have to pay tax on essential items to fund the services that help them escape abuse predominantly perpetrated by men. But despite these concerns, more money for chronically underfunded women's services is welcome. Now we must look at how we spend it.

Understanding Anxiety Is the Crucial First Step to Managing Anxiety

Gill Hasson | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gill Hasson

We've all experienced doubts, worries and anxiety; it's normal. Whatever it is that worries you and makes you anxious, it can be an annoying distraction that makes you feel uncomfortable. But too often, anxiety can make you physically unwell and leave you unable to think about anything else whatsoever.

Why I Trust My Consultant

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

We can all be a little more compassionate at work, with people around us, it makes life so much better. Compassion is catching, when you radiate it, it generally comes back to you. Its the compassion that can make all the difference. Life is richer with kindness.

This 25-Year-Old Landed A Modelling Contract, Despite Battling Stage Four Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Style

Dayna Christison was just 22 when she received a devastating cancer diagnosis that would change her life forever. According to Buzzfeed, she had be...

Why the Menstrual Cup Is Revolutionary

Jasmine Irving | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Irving

Women bleeding from their vaginas are an age old taboo. Marketing companies can't even say the word 'menstruation', using euphemisms like 'time of the month' or 'mother nature's gift' whilst blue liquid is used to advertise the absorbency of 'feminine hygiene' products.

Mini HIIT Workouts

Thandi Ejindu | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Thandi Ejindu

At times it feels like we're all living at light speed caring for our families, today's advances in technology and longer work hours. Sometimes the only barrier to you and your fitter lifestyle is time! Some have the luxury of 2-hour workouts but some only have 20-mins at best a day.

Down There: Too Big, Too Long, Just Right: Labiaplasty, What Women Need to Know

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

What is driving this dramatic increase in requests for surgery? Is the reason for requesting surgery, really a deep-seated insecurity that is encouraging women to ask for a potentially mutilating procedure?

What Getting Into Shape Post-Baby REALLY Looks Like!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

For all you mums out there who are sick of being bombarded with pics of flawless and toned celebrity mums just a few weeks after giving birth. And for all you mums sick of all the post baby workout videos hosted by instructors who look too small to do push ups let alone push a baby out of their body, then this is for you!

What Is a Breast?

Liz O'Riordan | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz O'Riordan

Every breast is different, and they can change dramatically over a woman's lifetime. Some are perky, some saggy, they can weigh anything from 100g to 1.5kg, and nobody has an identical pair. I tell my patients that their breasts are sisters, not twins, so when I operate, I'm not promising symmetry and perfection, I'm trying to recreate what they already have.

My Experience With an IUD

Shelby Welinder | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shelby Welinder

I couldn't imagine another week with the IUD in me, let alone three months. I'm having it removed, finally, in a few days' time, but I'm faced with yet another dilemma. Do I swear off IUDs for the rest of my pitiful existence? Or do I switch to the IUD I'd dreamed of, a copper coil, as the answer to my prayers?

The Day My Life Changed Forever

Gaby Dagul | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gaby Dagul

I was away in Spain with friends and I will never forget waiting for the dreaded phone call. I was told Mum was booked in for surgery in just four days' time. I only really heard the words 'cancer', 'surgery' and 'chemotherapy'. I flew home straightaway.

What Happens When Your Breasts Are Removed...

Charlotte Wood | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Wood

So after making the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy due to carrying the BRCA1 mutation the time had come, at the weekend I was at the races with my friends, a few days later I was to have my breasts removed. I did not want to die of breast cancer considering my risk was about 85%. I have watched cancer destroy my family and I needed to put a stop to it.

Secondary Infertility: The Silent Sadness

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

Feelings of frustration and anxiety are enhanced when you are not falling pregnant, and you know you are not infertile. Friends and family will glibly ask when the next one is coming along and first children will grow old enough to ask why they don't have a sibling.

How to Stop Period Shame? From the Start

Celia Pool | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Celia Pool

Sure, there may be the odd dinosaur like Bill Cash MP who can't say the word 'tampon' in the Commons. Despite last week's defeat in Parliament, it seems the general feeling is that there are now more people against the tampon tax than for it.

Egg Freezing - Part of the Problem, or the Solution?

Emma Cannon | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cannon

With National Fertility Awareness Week now upon us (2-8 November), a newly commissioned survey looked at attitudes towards egg freezing. We found that 25% of women would consider freezing their eggs, with this figure rising to 34% in the 25-34 age bracket.

IVF: Latest Research Shows Negative Effects of High Drug Stimulation

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Different dosages of drugs are used by different clinics, with some clinics even using 600 IU of FSH per day which is very high. Some clinics also give "off label" medication during the implantation phase and early pregnancy. It is concerning that there is no regulation as to what drugs are given and in what dosages.

Tampon Tax - It's Not Good Enough, Period

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

What do crocodile meat, edible sugar flowers, flapjacks and helicopters all have in common? These are all items that Chancellor George Osborne and th...

Attempts To Axe 'Tampon Tax' Get Voted Down, But Ministers Make Concessions

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics

The fight to abolish Britain's “tampon tax” was ignited on Monday, as Tory ministers bowed to pressure and offered fresh concessions to campaignin...

The NHS Answer To Whether You Can Drink Alcohol While Pregnant

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is a hotly debated topic. Sometimes, the conflicting advice is so overwhelming it's hard to know where to start. ...

The Silent Disorder: PCOS

Holly Whiting | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Whiting

Personally, I do not believe PCOS to be taken very seriously as a disorder and I feel this to be because, like mental health issues, often the symptoms go rather unnoticed and therefore people don't believe there is anything wrong with you.

Woman Proves Having A Double Mastectomy Is 'Nothing To Be Ashamed Of'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has shared empowering photos on Facebook to prove that having a mastectomy is "absolutely nothing to be ashamed of". Catherine Keeney had ...

TITS - It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Claira Hermet | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claira Hermet

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let it be more than that. Let it be a celebration of the beautiful women we have lost, the amazing ones who are fighting, the ones who like me are taking actions to prevent breast cancer and of course a celebration of all those who stand by us and with us.

Cancer Treatment Is More Than Chemo: Here's The Alternative Side To Surviving It

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When you hear the words "cancer treatment" you probably think of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Both can be gruelling. Blogging on her experience ...


Karen Dobres | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dobres

When my younger sister was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer at the age of 41 and had a bilateral mastectomy, and my Mum aged 71 was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer just the next month, (lumpectomy and all her lymph nodes removed on that side), it wasn't possible for me to feel happy knowing how very much they were suffering.

Fight Like a Girl: A Year Living With Breast Cancer

Helen Bliss | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Bliss

Those of you who are parents will appreciate the fear of leaving behind a child; you learn not to fear death, or the suffering associated with the very treatment that is supposed to save your life. To the contrary, you discover a primal instinct to protect your family at any cost.