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Some of our most popular posts from February 2016

 

Women's Health News  - Six of our top stories 

The dangers of heating plastics



Plastics are known to contain a multitude of chemicals; they themselves are composed of chemicals. With so much of our produce in packaging, it’s time to start asking what are we really consuming? Don’t microwave your food in plastic containers, don’t put them in the dishwasher. Low level chemical leaching can have long lasting effects, not just on your health but on your future offspring also.
Can you name your private parts?
 



The wrong words are often used to describe the female genitals.   Some people incorrectly refer to our genitals as our vagina.  But our vagina is the muscular tube leading from the external genitals to the cervix of the uterus. The vulva is the female external genitals – the clitoris and lips (labia). Some young girls do not realise that women have three openings: urethral opening, vagina and anus.


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Shedding light on female genital mutilation Why is it still happening?



Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the act of intentionally partially or fully cutting female genitalia without a medical reason. The purpose of this act is deeply rooted in tradition and its continuation has been attributed to factors such as maintaining cleanliness, preservation of virginity and ensuring faithfulness during marriage, however clinically FGM has been shown to have no health benefits. It is a violation of the human rights of young girls and women, however ceasing FGM is a complex matter as it is still strongly believed to be necessary and/or beneficial in many FGM practising countries.

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The worth of a female child






Looking at the sex ratio globally, there are three countries who have many more males than females:  China, India and Armenia.  In these countries the words “its a girl’ are met with disappointment.  There are several reasons why a female child is not as valued as a male child.  Boys generate income.  Girls generate a dowry and are of lower social status.  In India and China, when a woman marries she becomes part of the husbands family and so to ensure financial security and care in old age, families want to have a male.
Cancer




On February 4th it was world cancer day and Global Women ran a series of articles on cancer:
what are the symptoms
can we precent it
breast cancer (and signs to look for)
ovarian cancer
cervical cancer  
most prevalent cancers globally.

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The problem with porn



Global women ran a series about sex and porn including how easy it is to watch porn, the American teenager porn industry and the rise in feminist porn filmmakers.  It is important to educate young adults in sex education and for them to understand that porn is not realistic sex.

Discussion of the day - Lets get talking

Do you use vitamin supplements?



It is argued that if you have a healthy diet you wouldn’t need it but that’s thing. Are all fruits and vegetables as healthy as they ‘used to be’? Has their way of growing, harvesting and distributing impacted on their nutritional value?  The Facebook discussion most people felt that vitamins were unnecessary but some took vitamins for a specific issue.




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Does your period affect your day?



Before her period a woman may feel bloated and have premenstrual tension.  During her period she may experience period pains and have to deal with menstrual blood.  And the two weeks in between she will either be avoiding or trying to get pregnant as it will be her most fertile time.   For many women – they are so affected by their periods that they have to take time off work.  Many women replied on Facebook that their periods seriously affected their lives and how they copied with it.


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How much time do you spend ironing?





You may wonder why a discussion of ironing comes under the topics of Global Women but it seems even in 2016, a number of women spend a significant amount of their time ironing.  Our mothers most likely did too but surely things have changed?  It seems not.  This was the most talked about discussion of the day in February.   

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Have you, or would you, ever use a dating site?


On valentines day we asked if anyone had, or would, use a dating site.  On our Facebook group it was wonderful to hear many success stories.  Several women told us of their very happy marriages after meeting their husband online.

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News in brief - Short summaries of women's health news 

Science and sensibility




Our most viewed post this month - one of our researchers Helen O'Neill was interviewed with the Sunday Irish Independant newspaper talking about her career and fertility. Featured as the cover story, "Science and Sensibility, she speaks of the lack of awareness surrounding our dwindling fertility and the lack of openness surrounding IVF treatment. Helen made a controversial stand about the current status of abortion in Ireland in the hopes to make a change.  
 

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The absolute best way to wipe your netherbits
 


It used to be that only babies’ behinds were cleaned up with wet wipes. But in recent years, the popularity of similar products for adults has surged—they’re part of the $1.4 billion and growing “personal wipes” category of hygiene products, according to a market research report. You’ve seen them on drugstore shelves, and maybe you even use them. But while adult butt wipes are clearly good for business, we were curious: Are their any health benefits to using them instead of toilet paper?

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Inspiring Stories - Women overcoming obstacles

Inspiring women who changed black history




February was black history month in the US.  Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist from Mississippi who encouraged African American people to register to vote at a time when it was strongly opposed.  She eventually helped find the Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party and to establish the National Women’s Political Caucus. 



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Female stroke survivors start local support network



Did you know that strokes are the third most common cause of death in women?  Two incredible female stroke survivors, Julie Bentley and Lisa King, have just set up a new support network for young survivors of strokes in Suffolk. Known as ‘SWAGS’, which stands for ‘Stroke working age group Suffolk’, their aim is to provide a social support network to help other young victims so they do not feel alone.

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