Youth Activism – Making a difference

Cysters are really lucky to have some amazing youth activists, breaking barriers around reproductive and mental health issues. Our youth board is made up of inspirational individuals who give up their time voluntarily and are committed to the ethos and vision of Cysters. The youth board aims to tackle the taboo and stigma around reproductive Continue Reading

Reproducing weight stigma at the Gynaecologist’s office.

Weight Stigma is defined as bias of discrimination towards individuals who are perceived by others to be overweight or obese.  Having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) I’ve experienced it myself.  Here’s one example.  A few years ago, I attended a Gynaecologist appointment on the 9th floor of the hospital block.  I was feeling very poorly at Continue Reading

Redefining Strength

What does it mean to be strong in a world where it is defined by stoicism and physicality? Is it still possible to strong when you exist beyond these categories? The more people I meet, the more I begin to realise that strength is to exist in the face of adversity. And adversity exists in Continue Reading

Use it or Lose it – White Privilege and the Danger of a Single Story

For anyone who doesn’t know me, my name is Nikita Aashi Chadha and I’m 27 years old. I’m a British national by birth, but I’m from the Indian Diaspora – desi (in my own way) and proud. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS last year in 2018, following a laparoscopy. The road to referral and diagnosis Continue Reading

Is my vagina normal?

Is my vagina normal? In short yes. But we are angry. Angry at the rise of social media trends, that deem woman have to look a certain way, particularly with regards to their vulva. Labiaplasty, is the most common form of female genital cosmetic surgery, involves the lips of the vagina being shortened or reshaped. Continue Reading

Fight Patriarchy with us!

We need you. We have a platform for you to share your stories, your thoughts and challenge the narrative around the way Reproductive and Mental Health is currently reported. Without a diverse mix of voices we are unable to connect with our audience. We know that marginalized individuals rarely have a chance to tell their Continue Reading