Will I be a mum one day?

EveryWoman, 28 I was diagnosed with endometriosis five years ago, I got married on 2014, tried to be pregnant for one year nothing not even once. On that time I knew that I had something wrong went to the doctor once he saw my ultrasound he said endometriosis because there was two large cysts appearing (5cm & 7cm) he advised me to do surgery to remove the cysts first I did it 2015 then for

Menopause not in retreat

Why do so many of us feel unable to talk about the menopause? And why do so many women feel they should just ‘get on with it’ or ‘tough it out’? The menopause is quite frankly an inevitability. It can affect our ability to function on a day to day basis and chances are it will impact on those we spend time with, be they family, friends or colleagues. Communication & education are key. Reach

A life with Interstitial Cystitis

Jan Eldekvist, 52, is a gynaecology nurse from Swindon, Wilts. She had her first daughter Lauren, 27, when she was 24. After that came her son Nils, who died when he was two days old, then Mia, then Nadia, 21, and Phoebe, 18. Lauren enjoys good health while Nadia has already had investigations which showed that her bladder lining is damaged and Phoebe hasn’t had a diagnosis but does suffer with pelvic pain and bad

Interstitial Cystitis – the pain that you can’t see

Mia Eldekvist, 24, is an online content administrator from Swindon, Wilts. Cutting fizzy drinks and alcohol was tough in the first year of a degree in print and textile design at Winchester School of Art. You’re meeting new people, they’re saying ‘go on, have one’ and they find it strange if you say no. But imagine a bladder covered in open sores. Now, pour alcohol on that. It’s going to hurt. But fizzy drinks and

I am peri-menopausal

Lesley, 47 Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. This is an inspirational quote that I look at every day as I have it sitting on my desk. In February 2015, I am sitting in my doctor’s surgery in floods of tears, I am exhausted, emotionally and physically drained. I cannot understand why I am feeling this way as I am not ill. I am a 47-year-old Police Officer with 27 years’ service within

The itch that you can’t scratch

Lana, 32 If you happen to be interested in vaginal complaints, then you have surely come across texts about thrush, or vaginal yeast infection. You probably know about Candida albicans, the microorganism that causes thrush, and you know that it is not only impossible to treat it with antibiotics, but you are likely to get it after a course of antibiotics. You see, antibiotics are usually not selective enough, and while their primary target is

Going through IVF

Purple Orchid’s regional sales manager Helen Dunkley, 43, met her husband Peter, a graphic designer, via the internet. Peter, now 45, already had a daughter Francesca, now 17, while Helen hadn’t been married before. They now live in Lymm, Cheshire, with their children Thomas, nine, and Nella, who is two. Peter told me that he decided on our first date that he was going to marry me – he didn’t say that on the first

It won’t happen to me.

Anna, 20 It won’t happen to me. A phrase most young people live by. If a statistic says 95% success rate then people assume that it will work for them because ‘it won’t happen to me’. What they forget is that it has to happen to someone, otherwise the other 5% wouldn’t exist. This is the exact same opinion I had, until it did happen to me. A lot of young people know that they

When your lady parts let you down

Sarah, 57, from Oxford I was 51 when my vagina dried up…bang on the average age for menopause. It definitely fell into the category titled ‘Disappointing’. If I’d been given to hyperbole, I’d have put it into ‘Devastating’ but I tried to be rational and reasonable, which itself can be a challenge when you’re in the middle of The Change. There will be a way to fix this, said my rational and reasonable mind. I

Cancer

Facts Aside from cervical cancer, most gynaecological cancers are diagnosed in women over the age of 50. More than 70% of vaginal cancers are diagnosed in women over 60. Around 15% of cases of vulval cancer are in women younger than 50. 1 in 10 ovarian cancers develop due to an inherited faulty gene HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and is responsible for about 40% of vulval cancers. 90% of cases of

Chlamydia

Facts Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in UK, with 200,288 people being diagnosed in 2015. According to NHS, in 2013 more than 200,000 people tested positive for chlamydia in England alone. Around 70% of infected people are younger than 25. 7 out of 10 people infected with chlamydia experience no symptoms whatsoever. About 20% of women who don’t get treatment for chlamydia develop PID or pelvic inflammatory disease. If you are a

Endometriosis

Facts More than 170 million of women worldwide suffer from endometriosis, out of which 2 million of women are in the UK. Most women with endometriosis have no symptoms, making it very hard to diagnose. That is why the estimates on the numbers of women affected by this condition range anywhere between 2 to 18%. Around 30% of women treated for infertility suffer from endometriosis. Most cases of endometriosis are diagnosed in women from 25

(in)fertility

Facts After ejaculating, male sperm can survive inside the female body for up to 72 hours, while an egg is available to be fertilised for up to 24 hours after ovulation. Infertility affects around 10% of the population. 20-30% of infertility cases are caused by the man, while around 30% of cases represent a mutual problem. 20% of couples in the UK trying to conceive will succeed within one month, around 85% will conceive within

Fibroids

Facts Many women will develop fibroids at some point during their childbearing years with estimates varying from 30 to 77% of women. Only 1/3 of fibroids are large enough to be detected during a gynaecological examination. Majority of women experience fibroids before they turn 50. 70% of women with fibroids experience no symptoms. 99% of fibroids are benign. Symptoms Heavy menstrual bleeding Painful periods Abdominal pain or lower back pain Pain during sex Urinating frequently

OverActive Bladder

Facts One in five adults older than 40 are affected by OAB, although the real number is probably much higher since many people suffering from OAB do not seek medical help. OverActive Bladder syndrome can cause incontinence during sex. People with OAB enjoy sex a lot less due to fear of leakage and running to the bathroom in the midst of intercourse. Even though a normal adult bladder can contain up to 600ml, an overactive

Thrush

Facts Thrush is one of the most common vaginal infections in the world. More than 50% of women will experience thrush at least once during their lifetime. Around 5% of women suffer from recurring vaginal thrush. Up to 20% of women with a yeast infection have no symptoms. Around 1/3 of women get thrush due to an antibiotic therapy. Symptoms Thick and white (like cottage cheese) or thin and watery discharge, usually odourless Strong itch

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