Womens Health

Why the Fantasy of Thin Keeps You Fat

Jacqui Macdonald | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqui Macdonald

Thin seduces so many of us with the promise of a beautiful new life. We daydream about how fabulous we will be when we lose weight. The dresses we will wear. The parties we will go to. The appreciative glances we will solicit whenever we enter a room. Oh to be thin. Life would be perfect. Wouldn't it?

The 'Invisible Loss' of Involuntary Childlessness

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

Facing the reality of not being able to have children is heart-breaking, whether trying to conceive a child naturally, using methods of assisted conception (IVF) or arriving at childlessness by another means.

Bad Vibrations: a DIY Guide to Women's Gynae

Louise V Smith | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise V Smith

Late last year, I noticed some post-menopausal spotting. What a joke: a period at my age. Mildly curious, I went to the NHS website, which featured a middle-aged frump, hands covering her face in anguish.

Why Are Women NOT Having Smear Tests?

Leonie Eastwood | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leonie Eastwood

The smear test itself didn't take long and wasn't particularly uncomfortable. Instead of the cold metal pieces of equipment that were used up until recently, my doctor showed me the speculum - a disposable plastic tool used to carry out the test - and urged me to stay relaxed.

Femfresh Advert Avoids Biological Words For Female Genitals (Again)

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Femfresh have scored yet another spectacular own goal, proving that they are (yet again) unable to use biological words for female genitals. The ne...

The Time My Little Sister Went Viral

Vicki Lutas | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Lutas

Well, sort of.​ With over 4000 shares and likes combined, that's pretty viral by normal, non-Miley-Cyrus-person standards. What was it for? Well, given that she's performed in the West End, worked at Hollyoaks, and sung live on GMTV with our band, it's only fitting she went viral for... err, smear tests.

Freeze Your Eggs if You Intend to Start a Family After 35 - Do People Really Plan Ahead?

Justine Lee | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Justine Lee

I have friends who have had babies easily and happily well into their 40s, but I also know others who are not so fortunate. And I've got friends who were unable to conceive naturally in their 20s and 30s. So what does that tell me? Quite simply, starting a family isn't plain sailing whatever your age.

The Beginning of the End of Breast Cancer Deaths in the UK

Baroness Delyth Morgan | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Baroness Delyth Morgan

Together, we must fund relentlessly, collaborate profusely and campaign effectively until breast cancer ceases to take the lives of the women that we love. Our promise is to tackle the disease from all angles: to prevent it developing, to detect it earlier and to improve the quality of treatment and services for women living with it.

Team SCA Have Made History, and We Can't Believe It!

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

To say that we're all a little bit older and a little bit wiser sounds completely contrived, but it is absolutely true - we are all very different women from those who started the race in Alicante those many months ago.

"Dealing With Involuntary Childlessness"

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

Whatever stage you are at in the fertility journey, becoming a mother or father becomes the centre of your world. Every waking moment you become aware of where you are in your cycle and those on the 'IVF train' have the long and often anxious six weeks journey of hope, excitement, joy and often disappointment.

Cervical Screening Awareness Week Launches With Provocative #FlipYourLips Campaign

Caroline Muhlich | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Muhlich

#FlipYourLips is a visual representation of women's health: it's provocative enough to get people talking, whilst still remaining elegant and beautiful. With the power of social media, we want #FlipYourLips to be a key reminder to go and book in for a cervical screening, and liberate girls all over the world to talk about their health openly and comfortably.

Bowel Cancer, It Won't Happen To Me... Right?

Gemma Savory | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Savory

Probably like most of you, less than a year ago, having cancer was the last thing on my mind. Life was pretty good and busy with work as it is for most people of my age. Yes that's right, people of my age. At only 30 years old, I am fighting bowel cancer. That doesn't happen to people of my age though...right?

Worried About Your Smear Test? We Asked Embarassing Questions About Them, So You Don't Have To

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

We'd be lying if we said that a lot of women are completely fine about going for a smear test. Although we're not entirely sure what all of the fuss i...

Women Over 50 Urged Not To Ignore Cervical Screening

PA | By Jennifer Cockerell, Press Association Health Correspondent | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Health experts have called for NHS screening for cervical cancer to be rolled out to women over 64 after research found one in five new cases is diagn...

Ladies, Will You 'Flip Your Lips' To Raise Awareness Of Smear Tests?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Cervical cancer is the 12th most common cancer among women in the UK, and the third most common gynaecological cancer. According to Cancer Research...

'The Jade Goody Effect' Saved the Lives of Many Young Women, But What Impact Did It Have on Older Women?

Robert Music | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Music

One of the hardest parts of my job is speaking to women who are diagnosed with this disease, perhaps with advanced cancer, who delayed their screening. The regret and frustration they have knowing it may have picked up abnormalities before ever reaching cancer is devastating.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Flibanserin Gets FDA Approval on 18 August

Suzi Godson | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Female sexual desire is undeniably complex, but the existence of an approved treatment will at least allow women to feel that they have an option, and post approval, the expected tsunami of associated advertising will help to raise awareness about female sexual health in general and female sexual dysfunction in particular.

Meet Sally Barkow

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Sally grew up sailing on the lake close to her home. From there she went into youth classes to high school and colleague sailing. Eventually Sally progressed to Olympic sailing and stepped into the professional match racing circuit where she could race for a living. With a CV bursting with sailing experience, it's perhaps no surprise she is now in integral member of Team SCA.

The Winning 'Sprint'

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

We won! This morning we arrived in Lorient in France, which is our current stopover destination. The best thing about Lorient so far? We got there first!

Fertility Education: Facts Not Fiction

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Following my call last week to Nicky Morgan for fertility education to be introduced as part of the school curriculum for both genders, I have been disturbed by the number of educated and influential figures making public statements that female fertility does not decline with age.

We Trust the Medical Profession to Get It Right, But the TVT Mesh Procedure Leaves Some Women Maimed for Life

Kath Sansom | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kath Sansom

Yes I did those Kegel exercises. I even bought a thing that looked like it came straight out the Ann Summers catalogue but was in fact a pelvic floor trainer. But nothing it seemed would make the problem go away. So I put up with it. Until I learnt about an operation called the TVT mesh sling that could fix the problem.

Running for More Than Yourself

Lisa Regan | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Sometimes we look to the wrong things to fulfil us or make ourselves happy, I believe happiness comes from simplicity. Look at your life and see what really has made you feel good and in a place where things are balanced and content.

The Power of Self-Approval

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

Do you approve of yourself? Do you approve of the way you live your life, your choices, how you treat others, conduct your relationships, how you take care of yourself, your level of honesty, your career choice, or your values? If you don't, hello disillusionment...hello Burnout!

Your iPhone Now Knows How Much Sex You're Having

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Tech

Among the plethora of goodies Apple unveiled at its Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC 2015 this year, the company included a rather important new f...

People Are Taking Selfies With Tampons For A Very Good Reason

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

First there was the No Makeup Selfie, then there was the Ice Bucket Challenge. Now, there's a new social media craze taking over our Twitter feeds, wi...