#KnowYourVulva

Clare Baumhauer “There was no awareness campaign for Lichen Sclerosus or Vulval cancer so we started our own.” But what is Lichen Sclerosus? Clare Baumhauer tells us more about her story, I was diagnosed in 2016 with lichen sclerosus and stage 3 vulval cancer. Shocking and scary to get diagnosed with cancer but to be told Continue Reading

Major research project aims to improve treatment for those with polycystic ovary syndrome

A major £2.4 million research project is underway at the University of Birmingham aimed at improving treatment for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  PCOS affects at least ten percent of all women and causes irregular periods and difficulties trying to conceive.  Most women with PCOS have high levels of male hormones, known as androgens, Continue Reading

What is endometriosis?

By Odelia Thomas (Instagram @she.is.lotus) After sharing my journey with endometriosis, I have had questions about what it really is, so in today’s post, we will talk a little bit about what it is. Why is so little known about a disease that affects an estimated 1 in 10 women worldwide? Why do so few Continue Reading

PAINFUL HYSTEROSCOPY?

CYSTERS – if you’ve had a painful hysteroscopy – recently or in the past – this anonymous survey is for YOU.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2XTOe81rEy7zV2ARNPECceYyE–wTtR0mA10XHIxNQVOBrw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0Fx-7O2Eql_55k0UUb-dPI5MHq8EoOZ4MKHetNIbfgz1b92ZIyfCyYe58 The Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy compiled the survey.  We’re a community group of several hundred women who’ve all had shockingly painful NHS outpatient gynae experiences.  We run a public Facebook page, plus a Continue Reading

White Saviourism – Why would I ask you to save me, when you can’t even save yourselves?

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the term white saviourism, but not all of you may be familiar with what it actually looks like in practice. Originating from colonial thought – Rudyard Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden” is where this whole thing started. Let’s go back in history, to a time where the UK and Continue Reading

Endo – what?!

From the time I started having my periods at age 11, I do not remember having a pain free period. I spent my teenage years going from doctor to doctor for relief. Most of them told me that it was my “normal”, gave me pain killers and anti-nausea medication then would send me on my Continue Reading

PCOS: Only a Reproductive Disorder?

Elizabeth Schneider, MS If you’re like me and ever curious about your body and its functions, you’ve probably ‘Googled’ your condition, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This search typically yields the same sort of results about PCOS symptoms: ‘irregular menstrual periods, excess body and facial hair, obesity, infertility, etc.’ Having done this a few times, I, Continue Reading

Period Shaming

By Sheila Harrington Jane Garvey, one of Women’s Hour’s presenters, recently sent a pre-show tweet saying that she was going to be talking about how women feel about having sex while on their period (period sex). Some of the replies she received were as follows: ‘Crikey’ A range of disgusted GIFs ‘It’s just eeewww to Continue Reading