Womens Health

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.

A Is for Alopecia

Lisa Ven | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ven

The feeling you have as an alopecia sufferer is initially panic followed by "oh god not again"!? Because the thing is you never know when a patch is going to appear - when it's going to grow back - if it's going to grow back?

Ovarian Cancer and the ROCA Test

Ellee Seymour | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ellee Seymour

A new ovarian cancer screening test is available in the UK, the first of its kind, and the most validated in the world. The ROCA Test (Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm) is a major breakthrough for ovarian cancer screening.

Diet Karma and the Importance of Doing It RIGHT

Amy Willerton | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Amy Willerton

Losing weight 'the natural way' (raw good diet and exercise) but the way we know actually makes the most sense - takes a lot longer yes. It takes dedication, persistence and drive. But hand on my heart I promise you it's worth it - and the only way to really treat your body right.

Life is Never on Diversion or Detour

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

Like we said, sticky wickets, but the majority of our angst comes from cultural attitudes and beliefs about what is the 'right time' in life. That attitude is just sooo old! It is time to throw out the rule book. Give up the notion of 'right or wrong'.

Why We Shouldn't Shy Away From Talking About Sexual Health

Jess Champion | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Champion

I knew ovarian cancer existed but it wasn't really on my radar in the same way, say, breast cancer is - and I made a fair few assumptions about it. Surely my yearly cervical smear would take care of everything 'down there', right? Wrong. Smear tests detect cancer of the, well, the cervix. Turns out there are lots of other gynaecological cancers too.

Single Women Aren't Scrambling to Use IVF - And the Media Focus on Them Is Irresponsible

Dr Sophie Zadeh | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sophie Zadeh

Statistics can be misleading. And while there may have been an increase in single women having consultations at licensed fertility clinics in the UK, this fact in fact tells us very little. It tells us little about how many women actually decide, or are approved, to pursue treatment.

Fear Of Saying 'Vagina' Is Putting Women At Risk Of Late Cancer Diagnosis

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Young women are increasing their risk of late diagnosis of diseases such as ovarian cancer because they are too embarrassed to say the word "vagina", ...

Putting a Price on Women's Health Issues: Why I'm Grateful For Britain's National Health Service

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

In order to have a socially progressive society, we need to empower women to take charge of their own health through education and open discussion. Throwaway remarks devaluing women's health issues should be snuffed out straight away since this is a dangerous game for politicians.

My Cancer Journey

Stella James | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stella James

Once treatment had finished and my hair was growing back I decided to go out into the dating world which was one of the scariest things I had to do - I thought 'no one wants to date someone that has had cancer!' But in December I met someone and we are still together.

Go With The Flow

Lisa Edwards | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

From being dropped off at school in the morning to going home at night I worried about leaking. If I sat down too long during lessons the worry would mean I couldn't concentrate. All I could think about was how I could subtly spin my skirt around when I finally stood up just to check the back.

Radical Change to EU Regulations Could End Tampon Tax - Period!

Laura Coryton | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

This news is important. Without sanitary tax, the fight against female political alienation will be strengthened and period shame will begin to be tackled head-on. Let's hope Cameron hears this message, and knows that his time will soon come to fulfil his promise and benefit the millions by ending sanitary tax and the misogyny it represents. PERIOD!

Running A Marathon Without A Tampon Has F*** All To Do With Period Taboos

Poorna Bell | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Let's not be under illusion here - menstruation is a bodily function. It a fluid - blood - that the body is rejecting because it is not pregnant. It doesn't have magical properties, it won't solve world peace and I wouldn't want it flowing down my legs anymore than I would want any other fluid.

Yes, That Cancer Patient Over There Knows That You're Staring at Them

Martina Gruppo | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Gruppo

There are certain realities you have to face when you have a cancer diagnosis. Life is never going to be quite the same again. Chemotherapy saps your strength and energy levels and the radiotherapy is sore long after you leave the unit, but worse than the treatment itself, for many women, is the hair loss.

I Have a Wee Problem

Lisa Cornwell | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Cornwell

I can't hold my wee for toffee. I have to make sure that when I leave the house or the office, I have released every drop that's in there else the journey home will be stressful! God forbid should I get stuck on the tube.

Girl, Do You Even Lift? Why Women Shouldn't Shy From the Weights

Tilly-Jayne Kidman | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly-Jayne Kidman

Apart from weight loss and toning, weight lifting has other positives; it makes you feel strong, and who doesn't want a strong body? It also does wonders for your confidence, especially as you start to see noticeable changes to your body, and girl you did that!

Journey of Change

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

For many of us in Team SCA, that life-defining moment has been being part of the Volvo Ocean Race...

Cancer - Positive or Negative? You Decide

Claira Hermet | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claira Hermet

I have never had breast cancer. I have watched 2 of the people I love most die of breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy to avoid it. I wasn't sure that i would know what to say but I of course said yes. I'm really glad I did say yes.

Dealing With the Question: "Do You Have Children?"

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

After many conversations with people, I now recognise that our response to this question is largely determined by how we're feeling at that particular moment and may vary depending on who is asking and the circumstances we are in.

Don't Ask What Your Bones Can Do for You....

Diana Moran | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Moran

Osteoporosis is most common in menopausal women as the decline in oestrogen levels leads to an increase in the normal rate of mineral loss from bone. Young women who experience an early menopause before the age of 45, and women who are excessively thin are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis.

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.