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...

Photographer raises awareness for endometriosis – showcased in National Portrait Gallery

A photographer with endometriosis has had her art work displayed at The National Portrait Gallery. Georgie Wileman documented her battle with the reproductive condition in a series of powerful photos. One of the pieces titled '2014-2017' is being showcased in the prestigious gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2017. So pleased to be able to share this image with you...

Mum who suffered from PMDD for two decades finds relief

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A mum who suffered from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder for over two decades has finally found relief after having a hysterectomy. Zoe Easter 44, from Benfleet, Essex was put on anti-depressants and diagnosed with depression and anxiety from the age of 18, before the root of the problem was discovered 25 years later. PMDD causes severe and debilitating symptoms which affect day-to-day...

Model faces early menopause after battle with endometriosis undiagnosed for decade

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A top model has described how her endometriosis was mistaken for Irritable Bowel Syndrome for more than a decade. Carla Cressy, 25, suffered extreme pain, vomiting and blackouts from the age of 14 as medics struggled to find a diagnosis. Now the former model, who faces early menopause, has started a government petition to educate school girls on the little-known disorder:...

PHD Student enters half marathon in aid of loved ones who have battled PCOS

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Wellbeing of Women supporter Sam Wratten will be running a half marathon on her 26th birthday to raise money for reproductive conditions. Sam, 25, was motivated by her sister's struggle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and her bestfriend's battle with endometriosis. "no matter how hard I have to run, it's nothing compared to their daily pain." Sam said: “I wanted to take...