There is growing body of research evidence suggesting that adults who have experienced childhood abuse are more likely to have health problems than those without these experiences. Since the early days of the Hysterectomy Association, over 20 years ago, there have been a significant number of women self-reporting some form of abuse in their past history.
You don’t have to be an expert to talk about your health and well-being. We commonly discuss colds and broken bones but, as a nation, are we comfortable talking about more intimate issues?
Post-Menopausal and Surgically Sterile Women can help tackle Eczema and Psoriasis – and earn some extra pocket money!
If you have ever been affected by eczema or psoriasis, you will know how distressing these illnesses can be. Sometimes considered superficial, only ‘skin deep’, these illnesses are usually chronic, resulting in long-term itching, discomfort and mental implications like stress and anxiety. The constant urge to itch inflamed skin can lead to sleepless nights, bleeding and even infection.
‘Historically, the symptoms of inexplicable chronic pelvic pain have often been attributed to imagined madness, female weakness, promiscuity or hysteria’ Wikipedia on Endometriosis.
What is hysteroscopic morcellation of uterine leiomyomas (fibroids)?
NICE is looking at a very specific type of procedure which is called ‘hysteroscopic morcellation of uterine leiomyomas (fibroids). In this procedure, a small metal tube (a hysteroscope) is put inserted through the vagina and into the womb through the cervix. A small instrument with a specially designed tip is inserted through the tube and used to break the fibroids down into small pieces (morcellation). The fibroids are then removed.
It was only going to be a matter of time before a baby was born in a transplanted womb. Womb transplants have been on the verge of such a medical breakthrough for several years since the first transplant took place in 2002 in Saudi Arabia https://www.hysterectomy-association.org.uk/hysterectomy/first-womb-transplant-takes-place-in-woman/. Originally tested in rats it was confirmed as possible in the latter part of the 20th century. And I’m sure everyone who has had a hysterectomy will be pleased to hear that someone born without a womb at all has now been part of medical history.
PatientView and Health 2.0 are undertaking a short survey. It aims to find out how what patients and carers REALLY WANT from health apps.
This survey is an opportunity for patients and carers to tell app developers how health apps can be improved to better meet the needs of patients and carers.
Dr Oliver Boney is leading a nationwide project on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists to gather ideas about research priorities in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care. The focus of the Royal College resaerch is to improve the quality of care for anyone having an operation but to do that they need to know what both patients and clinicians feel are the most important things to focus on. As a result they are now running a survey asking patients, carers and relatives, about what areas of anaesthesia and perioperative care should be ‘research priorities‘ in the future.
I have been contacted by four students from the Medway school of Pharmacy who are looking for participants in a research study into the effect of taking long term medication. The most likely candidates for such a study with the Hysterectomy Association would be women taking HRT. However you may be taking something for other conditions you live with as well. I’ve added the message they sent through below and you can find the link at the end of the post.
Research into women’s perception of the link between HRT benefits vs cancer risk is currently being undertaken at Edinburgh Napier University.