10 things I wish I could tell work about my chronic illness…

Talking about being chronically ill can be extremely difficult because even though you are ill, ...
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PCOS doesn’t hurt…

**Disclaimer: This post is intended as sarcasm and in no way is intentionally bringing down ...
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“Will I survive or do I have just a few days to live?”

Dafina Malovska’s Story Everyone has a story, and this is mine. My name is Dafina ...
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The Love Your Period Campaign: Behind the Scenes

The Love Your Period Campaign: Behind the Scenes The ‘Love Your Period’ Campaign was set ...
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Period Shaming

By Sheila Harrington Jane Garvey, one of Women’s Hour’s presenters, recently sent a pre-show tweet ...
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Embracing your health with pelvic floor exercises

Written by Sneha Battin The secret to a better you, comes with understanding your own ...
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Go Red!

IT’S HERE! September is Gynae Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year running the ...
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Male Mental Illness & Fights Against Patriarchies

Male Mental Illness & Fights Against Patriarchies* Shuranjeet Singh *This article acknowledges the breadth of ...
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Let’s talk about sexual consent…

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, women and men are more willing to break ...
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Youth Activism – Making a difference

Cysters are really lucky to have some amazing youth activists, breaking barriers around reproductive and ...
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Reproducing weight stigma at the Gynaecologist’s office.

Weight Stigma is defined as bias of discrimination towards individuals who are perceived by others ...
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This is what I NEED you to know about my PMDD…

To all my friends, family, or even the ones who aren't in my life just ...
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Stop making your equals pay for a seat at the table!

So, recently there was a post here on our Cysters platform that highlighted concerns around ...
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Cervical Cancer Screening & HPV Vaccine Update

Somewhere in the world, a woman dies every 2 minutes from a totally preventable illness ...
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Redefining Strength

What does it mean to be strong in a world where it is defined by ...
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Is my vagina normal?

Is my vagina normal? In short yes. But we are angry. Angry at the rise ...
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They’re hormones, not whore-moans!

I have had it with the idea that women don't have as much of a ...
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Fight Patriarchy with us!

We need you. We have a platform for you to share your stories, your thoughts ...
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“I will always be that chubby girl in a crop top…” – Insulin Resistance & Body Positivity

I am all for body positivity and loving the skin that you’re in and yet ...
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Soul Cysters – A Spotlight on PMDD

The Soul Cysters Series, is a collection of different narratives around reproductive health and wellbeing ...
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Sandwell and West Birmingham Healthcare Trust partners with Cysters

Cysters have formed a partnership with Sandwell and West Birmingham Healthcare Trust to tackle issues ...
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Beyond the Invisible

We were really pleased to be invited to the launch of the Beyond the Invisible ...
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The importance of a strong support system when living with a chronic illness

Life can be hard at the best of times, for everyone, but when you're living ...
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Thank you THSH Birmingham!

International Women's Day usually means events across all sectors promoting how AWESOME women are.. and ...
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The “Hidden” costs of Endometriosis

Whas is endometriosis anyway? Quite simply put it's where the tissue that is similar to ...
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Virginity – A Social Constraint?

I’ve always believed that the concept of virginity was a social constraint. Actually, that’s a ...
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How on earth does Period Shame still exist?

Period shame. Never mind how does it still exist... how did it ever become a ...
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Is period poverty, a thing? What Can I do to help?

Cysters is a charity based on the concept of Cysterhood (pronounced Sisterhood) – and with ...
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#12DaysofCysters – The Acne and Hair Struggle

OH YEAH… How attractive?! Well… other people will just have to deal with it. The ...
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Yes you can be Hairy and Body Positive!

YOU HEARD US RIGHT. JanuHairy is the new January. What a way to kick off ...
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#12DaysofCysters – GI needs to be labelled

IF YOU CAN PUT VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN ON LABELS YOU CAN SLAP THE GI NUMBER ...
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#12DaysofCysters – My First Induced Period

I KNOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE LIKE “EWWW” BUT PCOS NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT ...
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#12DaysofCysters – Before I found Cysters…

Before I found Cysters I was part of many other online support groups after my ...
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#12DaysofCysters – My 3 types of ‘Baby Envy’

As a woman struggling with infertility, baby envy is one of my biggest flaws. Being ...
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#12DaysofCysters – Fitness advice that considers your hormones

I have been diagnosed with PCOS for almost three years and I am still battling ...
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#12DaysofCysters – Trying to stay positve

I always moan about the dark side of having an illness that makes you have ...
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#12DaysofCysters – Belittling another cyster’s fight won’t help you win yours

Ever since I was diagnosed with PCOS, I have noticed a divide in the cysterhood ...
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#12DaysofCyster – The dreaded social media sales…

This is one of my biggest pet hates after becoming so open about having PCOS ...
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#12DaysofCysters – A week in the life of a Cyster

As part of 12 days of Cysters, I would like to share with you a ...
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#12DaysofCysters – My PCOS Story

I began to suffer from many of the physical symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome when ...
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A Christmas Wish – Egg Freezing Myths

With the run up to Christmas, the topic of infertility is bound to creep up ...
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Depo Provera – How safe is it?

In the UK only 3% of women choose the Depo-Provera injection as their form or ...
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7 Low GI Life Hacks to manage PCOS/Insulin Resistance

Across the UK, 1 in 10 women are diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a hormonal ...
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10 Self Care Tips

Self Care tips A major component of self care is being aware of the messages ...
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Prime Minister’s Office 10 Downing Street

Cysters 1059. Neelam Heera Neelam Heera, from Birmingham, is the founder of 'Cysters', a charity ...
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UK Prime Minister awards outstanding paralegal and charity founder

Charity Founder makes a “point” about reproductive and mental health. British Prime Minister Theresa May ...
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Cysters Youth Board – why do we need a voice?

Young people who are diagnosed with reproductive health issues are often not taken seriously in ...
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Youth Advisory Board

Youth Advisory Board The Youth Advisory Board will exist to provide the youthful perspective into ...
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My First Period

We love hearing these period stories from around the world! Through our shared experiences (and ...
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Gynae/Reproductive Health Issues

Our founder Neelam Heera was featured on the BBC about her journey with mental health ...
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Cysters Smear

We have seen the vigorous awareness campaigns across the United Kingdoms encouraging and inviting women ...
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Coping with infertility at Christmas

Christmas, a time for family and children, but spare a thought for those women who ...
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The Holistic Alternatives – Mizan Theraphy

Hello! My name is Lorna and I’m a 48-year-old woman, mother, wife and soon to ...
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PVD – “#ItsNotInYourHead”,

On October 6th, 2017 the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) in Vancouver, British Columbia helped ...
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My PCO & PCOS Misdiagnosis

PCO Story & The Phantom Period! At 18 I decided to go to the Dr ...
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