#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

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

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

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

Sandwell and West Birmingham Healthcare Trust partners with Cysters

Cysters have formed a partnership with Sandwell and West Birmingham Healthcare Trust to tackle issues around women’s health, including period poverty. Period poverty is on the rise in the UK and Sandwell and west Birmingham is known to be one of the most deprived areas in the country meaning that many people will be struggling Continue Reading