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Hope for future eradication of cervical cancer

Scientist have predicted the end of cervical cancer thanks to the success of the HPV vaccination. A review of 65 studies covering 60 million people shows clear evidence of a drop in number of cases of HPV and pre-cancerous cells, according to The Lancet. This has led to hopes of a significant fall and possible eradication of cervical cancer. The vaccination was...

My Battle with Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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Triathlete Samantha Sierwald-Smith suffers from pelvic organ prolapse after the birth of her baby daughter 2 years ago, since then she has been keen to break taboos that leave many women suffering in silence. Here’s her story in her own words: The Start of a Journey I’ve always been fit and active and have a passion for long-distance running and triathlon.  I...

There’s been no new treatments for 40 years…

1 in 10 Women: Silent Suffering from Endometriosis Endometriosis is a cripplingly disease that causes cells from the womb lining to grow outside the womb, which can lead to internal organs fusing together. The impact is devastating. It can affect girls’ education and women’s careers and fertility. Endometriosis is not a rare disease. It is the second most common gynaecology condition in...

I was diagnosed with stage 2 womb cancer at 35 years old

Dafina Malovska’s Story Everyone has a story, and this is mine. My name is Dafina and I’m 39.  Four years ago, I was living a normal life and doing all the normal things that young people do; working on my career, long hours in the office, travelling, making friends and generally enjoying life. But while I was planning my future, I...

How To Get A Good Night Of Sleep During Pregnancy

Author Bio: Cristin Howard runs SmartParentAdvice, a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Cristin writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase for babies and toddlers. It’s no secret that it can be really hard to get a good night sleep...

How self-care helped to alleviate my PCOS symptoms

Charlea, a blogger from London, details her rollercoaster experience with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and how "de-stressing" has helped to clear up her symptoms. In her own words: Let's zip back to 2014 – I'd just gone through a brutal break up, and I made the decision to come off my combined contraceptive pill. This wasn't a decision I took lightly...

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

Blonde women smiling, box of sanitary napkins made from bamboo
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...