Womens Health

A Day to Remember, Or a Day to Forget - Coping With che 'Cancerversary'

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

I was on a course recently where we were asked to introduce ourselves by sharing a memorable date. With a sinking heart, I thought frantically - When did I pass my driving test? Move into my own home? I thought about my first date with my partner - 13th February, twenty-or-so years ago, but really, who wants to admit to having the equivalent of their wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day? (Reader, I didn't marry him).

The Trials of the Lingerie Aisles - Buying Bras after Breast Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

My love of coordinated lingerie is perhaps only one step away from my Mother's entreaties to wear clean pants in case of an accident, even though I would hazard a guess that just before impact it's not just brakes that skid in any road traffic accident.

An Honest Look at Goals

David Kingsbury | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

Most people want it all at once, but fitness is a journey. If you want to last the long road to serious results, then you have to enjoy and embrace the process (not just the results). The process being; various training phases and cycles to yield the best possible results over months and years not hours and days.

Why I Felt So Sad When I Stopped Being a Cancer Patient

Ruth Taylor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Taylor

After I finished treatment I felt under an enormous amount of pressure to be 'normal' and 'happy' again and for life to go back to how it was before I had cancer. I was keenly aware that treatment had been just as tough on my fiancé and family as it had been on me and I was desperate to protect them from any more anguish and worry.

Say What!?!?

Marissa Asli Bangura | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marissa Asli Bangura

Admittedly, the response to Jane's declaration wasn't female camaraderie's finest hour, and all these years later I can still remember that to her credit she (Jane) defiantly held her own. Her crime? To utter the words: "I don't want children."

Coffee, Friendship and Depression

Dawn-Maria France | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn-Maria France

It saddens me to hear that my friends are sometimes depressed. It concerns me even more to hear that they phone up their employers claiming they have 'flu symptoms,' to excuse their absence from work. They hide under the blankets until their mood lifts and the dark thoughts dissipate.

No Consent, No Dignity - Why Sky News Was Wrong in Recording FGM Practices

Tracey Wise | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Tracey Wise

All of my friends and family will tell you, I'm a bit 'odd'. I have a tolerance for things that are a little bit ick, a little bit bloody or gruesome and the ability to talk about things that make most people gag at the dinner table. But as anyone who knows any nurse will tell you, it's really not all that odd.

The Ticking Time Bomb of Cervical Cancer

Robert Music | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Music

We have previously undertaken research which has shown that there are so many reasons behind women not attending screening and these vary across age groups, ethnicities and socio-economic groups. Lack of time, embarrassment and not understanding what the test is for are but a few.

Women Over 50 Are Delaying Cervical Screening, Charity Warns

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Women over the age of 50 are risking their health by not having smear tests, a charity has warned. A survey conducted by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust ...

We Need to Talk about Secondary Breast Cancer

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

The good news is that secondary breast cancer can be treated. The bad news is that it can't be cured. Treatment aims to slow down the spread of disease, to relieve symptoms and give the best possible quality of life, for as long as possible.

Between a Rock and Hard Place: Where Can Vulnerable Women Turn for Help?

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Last week a report into domestic abuse services highlighted a story seldom told, the very high level of need amongst women fleeing violence and abuse and the huge gaps there are in meeting this need.

Should We Be Using Organic Sanitary Products?

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

Walking through Sainsbury's in Wilmslow recently, I overheard a woman complaining to her husband. 'They don't even have any organic tampons, Andy,' she sighed. (This is the sort of thing that happens in Wilmslow. Everywhere you go you hear things that sound like they have been pulled of the 'Overheard in Waitrose' Facebook page.)

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...