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Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – my experience first 6 weeks, Karen’s story

I am 43 yrs old, have suffered abnormal smear test results, endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes since my early 20’s, resulting in four unsuccessful rounds of IVF treatment, and more recently, increased heavy bleeding during my menstrual cycle. Continue reading Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – my experience first 6 weeks, Karen’s story

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What is a cystocele?

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A cystocele (pronounced sis-toe-seel) is also called an anterior prolapse, dropped or prolapsed bladder. It often occurs because the wall between the vagina and bladder has been torn or weakened during childbirth allowing the bladder to bulge or drop into the vaginal vault. Other less common causes can be severe obesity, straining regularly because of chronic constipation, violent coughing or even lifting heavy things incorrectly. Continue reading What is a cystocele?

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Endometriosis awareness week

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This year, endometriosis awareness week takes place between 3rd and 9th March and Endometriosis UK have adopted the slogan It’s OK to talk. Period! I think it’s something we should all be taking account of as, with the exception of Breast Cancer, we tend not to find women’s health issues – particularly gynae issues on any sort of a public agenda. Somehow the most important bits of our bodies are left to be discussed behind closed doors – anyway, that’s a whole other soapbox I may get on someday 🙂 Continue reading Endometriosis awareness week

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Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

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Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing global health concern. It is estimated to affect more than 300 million people worldwide, and around 90% of all diabetics have this form of the condition. However, despite type 2 being well and truly in the spotlight, it is still frequently misunderstood. Much has been said in the media about the connection between type 2 diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle – so much so that perhaps we’re inclined to feel unsympathetic towards type 2 patients? But even while it’s true that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases, it remains a serious and incurable condition which can only be controlled through a constant effort on the patient’s part. Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

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Eczema; Are You Itching for a Cure?

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Covance is currently appealing for patients with mild, moderate and severe eczema to take part in studying a new, non-steroidal cream. There’s more information about eczema trials here, https://uk.testwiththebest.com/eczema-sufferers-clinical-trial.php , but if you’d like to know more about how this study effects you, read on… Continue reading Eczema; Are You Itching for a Cure?

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Thank goodness I went to GP!! – Joy’s Story

Hi all. I started off the year badly! I slipped over on a slimey wet path onto my front & badly bruised & battered myself, this was in February 2014! In March I had an itchy clear discharge, firstly I thought it was thrush, & treated accordingly. But still it continued! I made an appointment to see my GP for the following week. Believe it or not on the day, of my GP appointment the discharge became blood stained, I may not have mentioned it otherwise! As I’m 3 years post menopause my GP fast tracked me to the local hospital! So in April I had an appointment for an ultrasound in the morning & hysteroscopy & biopsy in the afternoon! Continue reading Thank goodness I went to GP!! – Joy’s Story

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Living with Sjogren’s – When your grin shows, but your illness hides…

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An autoimmune disorder is any illness in which the body turns on itself – white blood cells which are designed to protect your body’s intricate systems malfunction and attack. Types of autoimmune disorder are many and varied, but the majority are able to pass under the radar because they chiefly affect the interior working of glands, joints and the nervous system. Continue reading Living with Sjogren’s – When your grin shows, but your illness hides…

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Link between adenomyosis and endometriosis

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A key link between adenomyosis and endometriosis has been identified by researchers in Sydney, Australia. A study of 103 women being treated for endometriosis found that 91 of the women had at least one indicator for adenomyosis.

Endometriosis is a common condition thought to affect up to 2 million women in the UK mostly between the ages of 25 and 40. Small fragments of the lining of the womb, called the endometrium, are found in other places, most commonly in the abdominal cavity, but they have also been found in more distant parts of the body. Adenomyosis is similar to endometriosis in that it is the growth of endometrial tissue within the muscles of the womb itself.

The link between the two has long been known but it is only now that the degree of connection is beginning to be revealed. What the study has suggested is that women who have been treated for endometriosis who still experience problems conceiving may have additional constraints due to possible problems with the lining of the womb (adenomyosis). This has implications for how such women are treated in the future.

You can read more about the research here: High prevalence of sonographic adenomyosis signs in endometriosis shown.