Navigating reproductive health issues as a lesbian couple

By Kiran Chalke and Hayle Davies As a lesbian couple with a whole list of reproductive health issues, including endometriosis, PCOS and Fibroids, we have faced a lot of barriers to accessing appropriate gynaecological care. This includes having to constantly prove that our health issues are severe enough to warrant treatment and having to always Continue Reading

Let Cysters Discover- Changing Narrative

I am Nirali Jain, I am currently purs​​​​uing my M.A in Service Design from the University of Arts, London. As part of my thesis project, I a​m working on a project to explore how we can better support women suffering from PCOS with better services and knowledge to empower them to take charge of their own body and health. My Continue Reading

Transgender Men’s Experience of Living with Endometriosis – Study

– Cheryl Eder One in ten people have endometriosis, a disease that is painful and chronic having a destructive effect on daily life for those who live with this disease. I am one in ten. I started researching endometriosis as part of my endometriosis diagnosis and my wanting to know more about how to live Continue Reading

Ever wondered why your healthcare provider presses on your belly during your physical examination?

Dr Sneha Battin Your abdomen is home to a lot of vital organs: the stomach, the intestines, the colon, liver, spleen, gallbladder, pancreas, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, kidneys, uterus, bladder, and many blood vessels. Clinicians are trained to examine your body with their hands to find the cause of your distress. In women, pressing down Continue Reading

#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

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