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Your guide to women's health

Discover the ins and outs of women's health and help us remove the stigma. It's time to have open and honest conversations, because no one should feel embarrassed to talk.

Healthy Living / Your guide to women's health

Clinically reviewed on 23/3/2022 by Bryony Lathbury

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Let’s talk and make a difference to women’s health

We want everyone to feel comfortable talking about women’s health, including the awkward giggles or cringey faces (!), but with knowledge, and empowered to better support all our female friends and loved ones. Through our women’s health campaign, we aim to empower 1 million comfortable conversations on all aspects of women's health, at all life-stages and with everyone important to us.


We’ve partnered with the Lady Garden Foundation and Ovarian Cancer Action, charities who share our belief that if we don't talk about women’s health, we can't change it. By shining a light on women’s health conversations, together we'll challenge the taboos, empower 'comfortable conversations' and aid action towards seeking clinical scans, tests and advice with resources to help you navigate these health needs and life stages.

We’ll be regularly adding new content including blogs, articles and webinars, so do keep checking back. Use the contents below to jump to the section relevant to you.

To kick things off, as the trusted healthcare partner to England Rugby, we sat down with the Red Roses, and female members of the amateur game for a #ComfyConvo about the women’s health issues that are often left in the shadows on and off the rugby pitch.

 

A glossary of terms

 

Before we get started, we've included a link to the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists' glossary of all the words or phrases you might hear in relation to women’s health. Some terms will be very familiar while others you might only come across if you receive a specific diagnosis. So if you’re unsure of what something means, look it up here.

Why we need to talk about postnatal depression

 

Postnatal depression affects mothers after they’ve had a baby, but what can you do to support yourself and loved ones through this difficult time?

Cycle syncing your workouts

 

Yes, cycle syncing is a thing! Research has shown, by learning to harness your hormones and matching workouts to the different phases in our cycle, we can improve everything from stress to mood and performance.

Screenings and symptom awareness

 

The NHS offers a range of screening tests. In this article we explore the female lifetime screening pathway, from cervical and breast screenings to symptoms of the five gynaecological cancers.

What is body dysmorphic disorder?

 

Body dysmorphia can have a huge impact on a range of aspects within your life as well as impacting those around you. Learn more about the symptoms and what you can do to combat this mental health disorder.

Sustainable menstruation - make your period greener

 

Looking for a way to make your choice of feminine hygiene products have less impact on the environment?

This article looks at a range alternative and environmentally friendly period products on the market.

What to eat during and after pregnancy

 

We sat down with nutritionist and wellbeing coach Monica Durigon to understand the relationship between nutrition and pregnancy. In her articles, Monica looks at the myths, the recommendations, and shares her tips for both expectant mums and new mums.  

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

In this article, nutritionist and wellbeing coach Monica Durigon gives her top tips for what (and what not) to eat when you're pregnant, including managing cravings and the importance of quality over quantity.

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How you can eat well for you and your newborn baby

You've probably got a lot of things on your mind right now, which is why we've asked Monica to share her tips on what to eat when breastfeeding to keep you healthy and your baby happy when it comes to nutrition.

How physiotherapy can help during pregnancy

 

Our Head of Clinical Services, Emma Elstead, talks about pelvic health during and after pregnancy. She covers why you may need physiotherapy, and how you can get help with video physiotherapy assessments included in our health plans. 

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Physio and pregnancy

Emma explores why women experience pain during pregnancy, as well as bladder and bowel control problems and what can be done to help.

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Coping with miscarriage

 

This article talks about coping with miscarriage and baby loss, and how to support someone going through this upsetting and emotional experience.

How physiotherapy can help pelvic health

 

Did you know seeing a physio could help improve your pelvic health? They can help with a range of issues including pelvic pain, bladder weakness, and pelvic floor symptoms for both women and men.

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Physio and pelvic health

We look at how physiotherapy can help with pelvic health, why you would need to see a physio, and what you can expect from your appointment.

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An introduction to menopause

 

This is an introduction to menopause. It explains what menopause is and some of the more common symptoms women experience. Most importantly there are practical tips on how you can support the menopausal women in your life.

 

1 Million Comfortable Conversations - Keeping the rugby community healthy

 

Puberty, periods, breasts, body shape, body hair and bladder weakness; it’s time to get comfortable and normalize the everyday female health topics that are preventing so many women getting into sport.
 

Watch the conversations with the Red Roses, and members of the amateur game, raising women’s health issues that are often left in the shadows on and off the rugby pitch.

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