Women's Health Hub

Women experience several health events during their working life, from periods, to perhaps starting a family and the menopause to name a few.

 

Our Women’s Health Hub is here to bring you our latest resources to help you navigate through these life stages.

We are regularly adding new content including blogs, articles and webinars to help support you and encourage comfortable conversations with your employer and those around you, so be sure to keep checking back.

Menopause

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The menopause


Webinar by Health Assured


In this webinar, Health Assured explores the physical and mental symptoms of the menopause, as well as the best ways to support yourself through the menopause.

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Menopause: The ultimate taboo


Podcast by Health Assured


Available on the Health Assured online portal, listen to the CIPD’s podcast on menopause—its impacts, its stigma, and what employers can do to make it easier.

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How to support women through the menopause


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This PDF provides advice on how to support women through the menopause.

How your plan may support you

 

"I’m feeling low, can’t sleep and think I may be experiencing the menopause."

 

If you are experiencing symptoms like a low mood or hot flushes, but are unsure whether it's the menopause, you can speak to a GP via our 24/7 video GP service. You can also access our 24/7 advice and counselling services for emotional support whenever you may need it.

"I live in England and I thought my HRT prescription charge would be free, and it wasn’t."

 

You can claim money back towards prescription charges to help with the costs of medications like HRT and others that may be prescribed to you following a diagnosis of menopause.

"I’m 52 and worried about Osteoporosis."

 

You can claim back towards the costs of appointments with a Physiotherapist who can offer advice on bone density issues such as osteopenia and osteoporosis and tailor exercises to help improve bone density.

Please refer to your terms and conditions to check what you are covered for.

Fertility

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LGBTQ+ Parenting Rights


Blog by Health Assured


This blog from Health Assured focuses on LGBTQ+ parenting rights, covering topics such as fertility law and co-parenting, donor insemination and fertility treatment, parental responsibility, adopting, fostering and surrogacy. 

How your plan may support you

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Counselling and advice services


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There are a range of emotions that women may experience when trying to conceive (TTC). For many, it can be a difficult journey and feel confusing, upsetting and isolating. With your health plan, you have access to a 24/7 counselling and advice helpline to provide in the moment emotional support, whenever you may need it.

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Speak to a GP

 

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Whatever stage of your TTC journey you're going through, it may help to get medical advice. Our 24/7 GP service allows you to speak with a GP at any time on camera via your smartphone or tablet, from the comfort of your own home.

"We’re trying for a baby but it’s taken longer than I thought to get pregnant, I’m a bit stressed about it."

 

You can use your plan to claim back towards the costs of reflexology and acupuncture which can help to relax muscles, soothe aches and leave you feeling more calm.

Please refer to your terms and conditions to check what you are covered for.

Pregnancy and early motherhood

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How to support someone affected by baby loss


Blog by Health Assured


Losing a baby is extremely difficult. If there’s someone you know in your life who’s affected by baby loss, you might be unsure how you can support them. This article from Health Assured will guide you on how to support someone who's grieving.

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What to eat (and what not to eat) when you're pregnant


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We've teamed up with Mum Plus One to provide you with much-needed support to get you through your pregnancy. In our article, Nutritionist and wellbeing coach Monica Durigon gives her top tips for what (and what not) to eat when you're pregnant.

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Maternity, paternity and shared parental leave

 

Webinar by Health Assured


This webinar from Health Assured is on the rules and regulations concerning maternity, paternity and shared parental leave. Their senior legal adviser Kara provides a detailed insight into your entitlements as employees, in regards to maternity, paternity and shared parental leave.

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Breastfeeding in the workplace: tips for new mums


Blog by Health Assured


The NHS recommends breastfeeding your baby for around the first six months after birth. For many mums, that often means they will be back at work before they finish breastfeeding. This can pose a challenge for new mums. On top of their busy family schedule, new mums have to balance a return to work with all the extra responsibilities that it brings.

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Why to eat well for you and your baby


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You've just become a new mum and you're busy looking after your newborn baby. Thinking about what (and when!) you should eat and drink is probably proving to be a challenge… Nutritionist and wellbeing coach Monica Durigon explains why good nutrition is especially important for new mothers and shares tips to keep you healthy and your baby happy.

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How to cope with post-natal depression


Blog by Health Assured


Post-natal depression is a common problem that affects more than one in ten women - and some men too. It’s a kind of depression that affects many parents, and it can occur at any time in the first year after birth.

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Parental mental health

 

Webinar by Health Assured


In this webinar, Health Assured explore ways on how to cope with the everyday challenges of parenting, the stigmas and misconceptions and the impact of parental mental ill-health.

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Women’s mental health


Webinar by Health Assured


In this webinar, Health Assured talk about women’s mental health. What challenges women face in day-to-day life, triggers, and ways to look after their mental health.

How your plan may support you

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Speak to a GP


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If during or after your pregnancy you’d like some medical advice and reassurance, or even a second opinion, our 24/7 GP service allows you to speak with a GP at any time via video from your smartphone or tablet, from the comfort of your own home.

 

Please note, if you or your child are in need of emergency care, please call 999 or seek alternative emergency medical services.

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Emotional support during pregnancy and early motherhood


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Women can experience a range of emotions both during and after pregnancy. With your health plan, you have access to a 24/7 counselling and advice helpline to provide in the moment emotional support, as well as legal and financial advice to help you through any challenges you may be facing.

"My feet hurt and are getting very swollen now I’m in my third trimester."

 

Claim back towards the costs of seeing a Chiropodist or Podiatrist who can help with foot care, advice on footwear and other foot issues.

"After having my baby I’m experiencing some back pain."

 

Back pain is common during and after pregnancy. You can claim back towards  the costs of seeing a Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist, all of whom can offer advice and help ease your pain.

"My bladder is much weaker since I had a baby and I keep leaking, it’s affecting my confidence."

 

Restoring and improving core and pelvic strength is important after giving birth and you can claim back towards the costs of seeing Physiotherapists who specialise in women's health. 

"I could do with some postnatal support with breast feeding my baby."

 

You can claim your new child payment through your plan, which can help towards postnatal classes which offer help and community support.

Please refer to your terms and conditions to check what you are covered for.

GP advice 24/7


During 2021, of 18,639 appointments made to the GP service within our health plans, 1,433 calls were for women’s health. *
*Source: Square Health Analytical report Jan ’21 – Dec ‘21


Our GP service allows you to speak with a GP via video at any time via your smartphone or tablet, from the comfort of your own home. 

 

You can book a video consultation using out SimplyConsult app.

 

You can also use SimplyConsult to find information on our advice and counselling services and manage your NHS repeat prescriptions.

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Counselling and advice



Through your health plan, you have access to a 24/7 counselling and advice helpline, which can help you with anything you’re worried or concerned about, whether that be your mental wellbeing, a physical health issue, legal concern, financial challenge, or any problem you are facing right now.

 

To access the service, visit myWellbeing counselling and advice services through your online account.

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Discover more resources on the Health Assured online portal


With your Simplyhealth plan, you have access to an online portal, brought to you by Health Assured, providers of the advice and counselling services available through our health plans.

The portal is packed full of resources to help support your health and wellbeing, including webinars, factsheets, 4 week programmes and more.

Please note, our video GP service, advice and counselling helpline and the Health Assured online portal are provided by Third Party Suppliers.

More resources


Menopause:

The Menopause Charity www.themenopausecharity.org/blog

Women’s Health Concern (WHC) www.womens-health-concern.org

Fertility:

Fertility Network UK https://fertilitynetworkuk.org
Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority www.hfea.gov.uk

 

Baby loss support:

Tommy’s www.tommys.org/baby-loss-support

Stillbirth and neonatal death charity (SANDS) www.sands.org.uk/support-you/how-we-offer-support


Pregnancy and early motherhood:

NHS www.nhs.uk/pregnancy

National Childbirth Trust (NCT) https://www.nct.org.uk

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