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UK launches soft drink sugar tax in hope of reducing obesity

A ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks has come into force today in the UK. From Friday 6th April manufacturers will pay a levy based on the amount of sugar added to beverages. The government and campaigners hope it will reduce obesity levels and improve health. High sugar consumption has been linked to weight gain, which is a risk factor for several...

5 Ways to Help Manage the Effects of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the leading treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, it also comes with its fair share of side effects. Some of the most common side effects of cancer treatment include fatigue, hair loss, nausea and vomiting, easy bruising, and anemia. Medications do exist to limit the effects chemo can have on the body; however, medications are not your only option...

Mum shares her experience living with Menorrhagia – heavy periods

Joanna Wilson, 38, has struggled with heavy periods – a common and debilitating condition - for the last 15 years.   The mum of two experiences painful periods, often lasting 10 to 12 days, that cause her to leak and affect her day to day life. Joanna said: “I get anxious and lack confidence because I am worried to go places where...

How a endometriosis diagnosis led to a new business making sanitary towels

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Michelle De, 37, from London describes how her battle with endometriosis and infertility led her to create her own brand of sanitary towels, as a way of turning her living nightmare into hope for other women. My symptoms first started at the age of 15. At the time, my own mother hardly believed the pain I was suffering. She thought I was...

Five things you need to know about smear tests

The importance of regular smears cannot be overestimated – having a smear can potentially save your life. In the UK, approximately nine cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed every day. A smear is a cervical screening test which can detect abnormal cells on your cervix. These abnormal cells have the potential to lead to cancer if left untreated. A smear test is the...

An Open Letter to an Endo Sufferer: Don’t Give Up

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By Jessica Duffin, founder of This EndoLife When I was diagnosed with endometriosis, it wasn’t really conveyed to me as a big deal. I had zero interest in female ‘stuff’ and quite frankly wanted as little to do with my body as possible. I got on with the operation, recovered, and essentially pretended it never happened and wouldn’t happen again. Society...

New research partnership with Vitabiotics Pregnacare

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Wellbeing of Women is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with Vitabiotics Pregnacare. The UK’s No.1 vitamin company is supporting us in our mission to help save and improve the lives of women and babies, by funding medical research to find better cures and treatments. Vitamin D deficiency is common in many people throughout the world, but particularly in pregnant women. Now, for the first...

Our fertility journey – BBC reporter shares the heartbreak of failed IVF

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In the UK, one in seven couples are affected by infertility and 47,422 women are receiving IVF. But despite almost 40 years of research, the treatment fails 70% of the time. That was the case for BBC reporter Sophie Sulehria who, after multiple rounds of IVF, decided to share her fertility journey. In 2013, Sophie married her boyfriend of two years, Jonny,...

Vitamin D – and why you’re not getting enough

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Christmas has come and gone but winter is still here. The short days and frosty weather has us dreaming of a sunny beach holiday in the Tropics. But there’s also a serious health benefit to booking that flight that you might not be aware of – you’re probably Vitamin D deficient. Official bodies state that 90% of the UK is...

Wellbeing supporter joins half marathon after IVF battle

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Kelly Matthews, 26, has revealed her pregnancy struggle and why she's taking on the Bath Half Marathon in support of Wellbeing of Women. The HR Assistant from Gloucester hopes to help other women who are unable to conceive, after having three failed rounds of IVF, herself. "I guess I kind of thought IVF would be my miracle and it would just...