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Some of our most popular posts from September 2016


Women's Health News  - Four of our top stories 

Two six year old girls assaulted in Legoland

Two families had met up for a summer holiday treat with their six year old daughters.  They went to the pirate themed play area, Castaway Camp.  There is only one entrance in and out.  One mother went to get a coffee whilst the other watched the girls in the play area.  The Mum kept watch as the girls ran into the furthest tower.  While they were inside, the girls were sexually assaulted.   A young man pulled down their underwear. He touched both girls and also kissed one on the genitals.

The assaults have obviously had a lasting impact on both families.

The majority of sexual assaults are by men to women and girls.  Why and how does this happen?

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The creation of 'artificial ovaries' - new advances bring us closer than ever

Though fertility preservation is classified as a relatively recent field, the field of fertility restoration has made many advances since the first experiments carried out in 1994. Here, ovarian tissue was removed in sheep, frozen, and transplanted back into the then oophorectomized (both ovaries surgically removed) animals, resulting in restored fertility.

Just ten years later, in 2004, a Belgian group reported the first human live birth which resulted after ovarian cortex was re-implantated into a woman who  had been previously treated for cancer. More than 60 births have since been reported worldwide using ovarian tissue transplantation.


Deaths from ovarian cancer decline worldwide due to oral contraceptives

This month a report was published in one of the leading cancer journals, Annals of Oncology, lead by Professor Carlo La Vecchia from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Milan, Italy reporting that ovarian cancer mortality rates have levelled or declined globally.

The results show that between 2002 and 2012, deaths from ovarian cancer fell by 10% in the EU and 16% in the USA and are predicted to continue to fall.  Rates also decreased in Canada, Japan and other countries.

The rate in the EU varied widely between countries;  22% decrease in the UK compared with just 0.5% in Hungary.

The results show that between 2002 and 2012, deaths from ovarian cancer fell by 10% in the EU and 16% in the USA and are predicted to continue to fall.  Rates also decreased in Canada, Japan and other countries.

The rate in the EU varied widely between countries;  22% decrease in the UK compared with just 0.5% in Hungary.

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FDA warns about using ovarian cancer screening tests

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that it does not recommend the use of any currently available ovarian cancer screening tests to detect the disease.

The FDA cautions that such screening tests are unreliable and may generate false-positive (suggesting the presence of cancer when it is not there) or false-negative results (indicating absence of cancer when a woman suffers from ovary cancer). This may lead to unnecessary follow-ups and possibly medical treatment for some women or delay effective treatment for women who do have ovarian cancer.

Several companies have marketed screening tests for ovarian cancer. Among women in the USA, ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. When ovarian cancer is found in its early stages, treatment works best.

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Features  - Two of our top features 

There are five different gynaecological cancers - would you know the signs?

Cancers that start in a woman’s reproductive system are called gynaecological cancers. Treatment for each cancer depends on when and where the cancer started. Early detection is vital for increased survival, so knowing the symptoms and making sure to make a doctor’s appointment is key.

Unfortunately, girls and women become somewhat used to cramps and pains in their uterus and surrounding pelvis every month. Many are also prone to recurrent cystitis and infection. This makes it more likely that they will ignore the signs of cancer, which can sometimes be confused with these pains. These symptoms range from feeling full or bloated, to abnormal bleeding.

How well do you know your vulva and vagina?

It is still taboo to talk about our vulva and vagina.  Chances are you have probably never seen another woman’s bits and may never have had a good look at your own!!  Here are some images so you can see how they vary.

The Guardian are running a four part video series through to November to talk about our vulva and vaginas.  You can watch the first video here.

In the first video they build a giant vulva, talk to a gynecologist, a labiaplasty surgeon and a trans woman, to find out what vulvas really look like.

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Discussion of the day - Lets get talking

How well do you know your female anatomy?

September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month so the people at The Eve Appeal  have launched an awareness campaign called #KnowYourBody  to encourage women across the UK and the world to to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the five gynaecological cancers.

Could you label this diagram correctly? The Eve Appeal is the only national charity in the UK which aims to raise awareness and funding for research in  womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers.

How many of these can you label?  Answers are at the bottom, but no peaking!

Let us know!


What do you think of the term 'well-groomed woman"?

This summer I have heard the term ‘a well groomed woman’ used many times.  What does this mean? It seems to mean a woman who has obviously spent time on her appearance but it concerns me that this description seems to be applied to women who have done their nails, wear make-up, have immaculate hair, wear smart clothes and heels.  On the other hand a woman who wears casual clothes, no make up and does not do her hair is scruffy.  Is it important to be a well-groomed woman?

When looking for inspiration for this post I found this list on a web site called – 8 signs of a well groomed woman.

Recognising bowel cancer:  How often do you poo?

Yes this subject is taboo, nobody likes to talk about bathroom habits, but with global ranges from 6%-46% showing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, and chronic constipation affecting from 2% to 27% of the population, it’s not something to be ignored.

There are generally two types of habits : Those who go every day at the same time and usually (if they can help it) in the same toilet. And those with no real ritual and who heed nature’s calls less frequently.

Both are considered healthy, but knowing how often is too often and how rare is too rare is also important.


Do you support euthanasia?

Euthanasia (assisted suicide) is a crime in most countries. A study in Ireland showed that 70% support assisted suicide when someone is suffering from a terminal illness. Support was highest among people aged 35-54. Supporters of euthanasia believe that allowing people to die with dignity is kinder than forcing them to continue their lives with suffering and they argue that every patient has a right to choose when to die. Opponents argue that assisted suicide cannot be safely regulated by government legislation and that allowing it could lead to non-voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, by giving doctors the power to decide when a patient’s life is not worth living.


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