These days I’ve heard and written about enough women’s health horror stories that not much shocks me anymore. But I was pretty horrified to hear about the experiences of Fiona Anderson and Kerry Thompson – two disabled women who’ve spent years fighting to be given cervical screening (smear) tests at their local GP surgeries. It […]
In October I launched a new blog, Hysterical Women – a project I’ve been thinking about and wanting to explore for quite a long time now. Visually it looks pretty similar to this one, but I wanted to create a dedicated space to focus on one specific strand that’s come up over and over again […]
My work on sexual and reproductive health in August covered everything from heavy vaginal bleeding to painful (and even traumatic) vaginal childbirth, as well as looking at the lesser known (and surprisingly common) sexually transmitted virus HPV. 2018 marks the ten year anniversary of free HPV vaccines for girls over the age of 12 on […]
Women’s pain is not taken seriously. It’s something I see over and over again in my work on sexual and reproductive health – and, equally, when I’m writing about mental health as well. I had three pieces on sexual health published in June and July, and two of these focused on the issue of women […]
Over the last few weeks I’ve covered pretty much all my specialist health topics: the brain, the mind, the uterus, the vagina, and the cervix, with articles on women’s experiences of trauma, planning a pregnancy when you have epilepsy, cervical cancer screening in the LGBT community, and – simultaneously fascinating and horrifying – vaginal ageing. […]
It’s been a while since my last work update – I’ve spent a lot of the last few months with my head down, immersed in a slightly all-consuming project that I’m excited to be able to share with you soon. In the meantime though, I’ve also been quietly cracking on with work on my usual […]
I’ve been a little quiet on social media this month – largely because I’ve had my head down in various commercial and personal projects that I can’t post very much about.
A couple more sexual/reproductive health pieces from last month.
It’s been a busy month for my two favourite (and frequently overlapping) subjects, mental health and sexual health. September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, but it’s also packed full of other great awareness weeks. Most notably for me, Pre and Post Natal Depression Awareness Week (PNDAW) fell from 4th-10th, and this year focused on antenatal mental […]