Recent writing: menstrual health at work, and how to manage acne when you’re pregnant

In March I wrote a number of pieces on women’s health, including a feature for Grazia looking at the impact of menstrual ill health on women’s careers, and one for Patient on how to tackle acne when you’re pregnant.

How Your Period Could Be Costing Your £40,000 In Lost Earnings – for Grazia:

From endometriosis to PMDD, menstrual health issues are often woefully misunderstood by employers. But what happens when this costs you your job? Sarah Graham investigates…

“I worked really hard, went to uni and got a first, then did my masters and got a distinction. I climbed the career ladder, bought my own property, and I was working my way up to management. But then endometriosis took over my life, and work just didn’t get it,” says 33-year-old Bridie Apple, a former program manager in the charity sector, who now runs her own yoga business, Flow. Grow. Glow.

Like 1.5 million women in the UK, Bridie suffers from endometriosis, a condition where cells like the lining of the womb (the endometrium) are found elsewhere in the body, usually around other pelvic organs like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder and bowl. It causes heavy, painful periods, chronic pelvic pain and fatigue, and can lead to infertility, as well as bladder and bowel issues.

Continue reading at Grazia…

How to tackle acne during pregnancy – for Patient:

We all know the stereotype of the radiant expectant mother, with her glowing, picture-perfect, clear skin, but the reality of unpredictable pregnancy hormones can be somewhat different.

For women affected by adult acne, not knowing how their skin will react – or how to keep it under control without many of the most commonly prescribed treatments – may be a concern during pregnancy or when planning to conceive. But there are a number of safe options to keep acne at bay while you’re pregnant.

Continue reading at Patient…


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