Womens Health

Five Menopause Myths and Top Tips

Rachel Lankester | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lankester

Menopause is still a taboo subject and in our youth-obsessed culture, it can often knock a woman's confidence. It certainly knocked mine. But it really shouldn't be that way. Menopause happens to all women if we live long enough and it can mark the start of an exciting new stage in our lives.

Third Of British Women Too Embarrassed To Talk About Periods

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

One in three British women admit they are embarrassed about their periods, according to a new poll released by ActionAid. The poll of more than 1,000 ...

The Menopause: All Your Questions Answered

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

Menopause is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the ovaries stop functioning (i.e. no longer produce eggs and thus estrogen and progesterone hormones). A main symptom is that the woman's menstrual cycle will stop; hence the name: 'menopause' [menstruation pause]. It's a perfectly natural process so nothing to worry about.

Quick Tips to Keep Health Simple and Keep Weight Off

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sally Norton

We all know that we should be eating a bit more healthily, especially if we are watching our weight, but as a weight loss surgeon and consultant I bristle when people glibly say - 'well of course it's just a matter of eating a little more healthily and moving a little bit more'. They forget the huge contributing factors of willpower, time demands of everyday life and leading brands pushing out confusing health messages.

Panning for Gold: Stories of Resilience after Breast Cancer

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

Being diagnosed with cancer is like being catapulted into another world - the Land of Illness - unlike Mordor, the landscapes are bleached and bright, but just as dangerous. It's a world ruled by men and women wearing white coats, speaking a foreign language, with unfamiliar rules - bad things happen to good people. Unsurprisingly, we are desperate to leave.

Elizabeth Has MRKH Syndrome and She Immediately Felt Abnormal

Cecilia Paul | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cecilia Paul

Little is known of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH), but unsurprising because women with this syndrome, often feel embarrassed, ashamed and, are terrified of anyone finding out that they are different.

Women Aren't Baby-Making Machines, Female Sterilisation Is Our Right

Rachel Moss | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

After four long years of campaigning, Holly Brockwell finally won her battle to be sterilised. On Friday the 30-year-old underwent an NHS operation that will mean she can no longer become pregnant. As a woman who has known for years that she doesn't want to have children, Holly couldn't be happier.

Caroline Flack Opens Up About Body-Shaming Comments

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Entertainment

Caroline Flack has opened up about the effect recent body shaming comments had on her. The former 'X Factor' host was trolled on Twitter during her s...

1 In 4 Pregnancies End In Abortion, Global Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

One quarter of all pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, new global estimates suggest. Research from the World Health Organisation and Guttmacher...

My Ovarian Cancer Journey

Noa Popovsky | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Noa Popovsky

Last year, I was rushed to the hospital a day before Passover, following a difficult chemotherapy session. The side effects became so strong that I needed to go into hospital. I lost a lot of weight, I was completely dehydrated, I had fever, and had incredible pain in my leg.

Woman Who Thought Irregular Periods Were Sign Of Menopause Diagnosed With Womb Cancer

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When Daloni Carlisle began experiencing long and heavy periods approaching her 50th birthday, she didn't consult her GP for months. "I was premenopaus...

Painful Intercourse? Why You Don't Have to Suffer in Silence

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

With the increasing sexualisation of western society, I have noticed that there is one area that women find particularly difficult to discuss for fear of upsetting their partner or appearing abnormal: Superficial Dyspareunia.

7 Myths About The Morning After Pill

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

On Monday a report revealed that the morning after pill costs up to five times more for women in Britain than other areas of Europe. Cue confusion, be...

Morning After Pill 'Five Times More Expensive' In Britain Than France

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The morning after pill costs up to five times more to purchase in Britain compared to other areas of Europe. According to research from the European C...

Poring Over Poo Is Yet Another Example of Increasing Policing of Pregnancy

Clare Murphy | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Parents
Clare Murphy

We support babies by supporting pregnant women. We support pregnant women by fostering an environment of trust where a woman who is struggling with any issue in her pregnancy knows she can confide in those caring for her, and receive non-judgmental support.

Is Alcohol Now the Scourge of Older People and Younger Women?

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tony Rao

I honestly believe that alcohol-related memory problems are hugely under-reported and mistaken for Alzheimer's disease. Ten years ago I would have been treating no more than three people at any one time for alcohol-related brain damage. Now there are at least 10 patients with that in my clinical service.

I Am My Mother's Daughter

Chayya Syal | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chayya Syal

I have always believed that the act of writing is, and always will be, an act of courage and defiance - regardless of how long you've been writing for...

Beauty Detox - Tips to Spring Clean Your Skincare and Beauty Routine

Katy Hull | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Style
Katy Hull

As we've kissed goodbye to the winter months - apart from the very random snow storms recently. We've stepped into all things spring. New life is appearing in all forms. We have beautiful blossom on the trees, bluebells, daffodils, green leaves and the appearance of brighter sunshine and longer days.

Coping with Cancer Induced Infertility

Fiona Munro | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Munro

With the help of an incredible friend I have now healed these wounds. I have 'come to terms' with the news and I have now reached the point where I can write about this in the hope of helping others to understand what it feels like, and supporting those who are walking the same journey.

Six Reasons Why You Should Choose Strength Training Over Cardio

Jean-Claude Vacassin | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jean-Claude Vacassin

Strength training is vital for every single person. Regardless of your age, gender, weight, height, fitness level or even your goals - you should be doing some form of resistance training.

This May Explain Why Some Women Can't Orgasm During Sex

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Time and time again we hear discussions around whether penis size affects how enjoyable sex is for women. But a new study suggests it's actually the s...

Chronic Illness and The Fear of Missing Out

Lizzie Horgan | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Horgan

For the first time in a year I've felt fit and healthy enough to say 'yes' to suppers in, dinners out, to best pal sleepovers, to more volunteering, to the actual circus and even dance floors. Yes, the sweet, sweet dance floor, how i've missed you. And how, I'm quite sure, you've missed me.

Why Coil Insertion Not Performed By an Experienced Gynaecologist Is Very Dangerous

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

I was recently shocked by the gravity of such problems when a journalist informed me that one of her friends had died suddenly following a perforation of uterine body with the coil, aged just 23. This was performed by an inexperienced non-gynaecologist and, unfortunately, the perforation remained undetected until it was too late.

Why This Breast Cancer Charity Used 'Man Boobs' In Its Latest Campaign

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Time and time again social media sites remove photos and videos of women trying to raise awareness of breast cancer. Even when these images have been ...

An Unnatural Transition - Breaking the Silence on Early Menopause

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

By February 2011, I had not had a period for over a year which, according to online information meant I was officially 'post-menopausal.' My body, however, had other ideas and my periods returned, ending up in a reversed menstrual cycle - a three-week period, with one week off. It was hellish.