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Wellbeing of Women has been funding medical research for more than 50 years. We have invested in vital projects to enable research developments in our three main areas of work: pregnancy and birth, gynaecological cancers, and general wellbeing.
General wellbeing covers a broad spectrum of women’s health that is often poorly understood or discussed. We are one of the few charities championing these issues, and we have funded work on understanding hot flushes, the use of botox to treat incontinence, and better treatments for endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.
How we have invested our funds in this area
  • £1m for better treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis
  • £1m to improve the understanding and treatment of incontinence
Conservative estimates of funding adjusted for inflation

The menopause

What is the menopause? Menopause is the point when a woman’s body stops producing and releasing eggs. Doctors often define the menopause as when a...


Wellbeing of Women funds vital medical research on periods. Period problems are very common and can seriously affect a woman’s quality of life, causing pain,...

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Wellbeing of Women funds vital medical research on polycystic ovary syndrome. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition that affects how a woman’s...


Wan elderly woman is drinking a glass of water
Urinary incontinence is, in simple terms, ‘involuntary loss of urine’, and it affects a large amount of people. In fact, incontinence is a significant...


A high proportion of women have fibroids but only some will have symptoms that cause them problems. However, for women who are affected, fibroids...


Wellbeing of Women funds vital medical research on endometriosis. Endometriosis is a little-known chronic and debilitating condition where tissue from the lining of the...