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A very unscientific report on the truth about home remedies

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Has anyone actually cured their cystitis with cranberry juice? (Of course they haven’t) As I write this, I have toothpaste on my face. There are two ways a woman can have toothpaste on her face: one) if she woke up late and her morning routine had to be compacted into a rushed five-minute window, thus leaving her with a crusty white snail trail until the early afternoon; two) if she has a massive spot. I have a massive spot. I have the kind of oily skin that I am told will serve me well in middle age but, at the...

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Selma Blair’s MS diagnosis took 15 years

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

It lays bare the healthcare gender bias that a woman of her resources wasn’t taken seriously, says Rachael Sigee. Over the weekend, Selma Blair posted a photo to Instagram effusively praising her colleagues on Netflix show Another Life. So far, so Hollywood behind-the-scenes peek. But Blair wasn’t showing off about her latest role or lobbying for Emmy votes; instead, she was thanking the costume designer on the show for physically helping to dress her, since, in August, the actor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the immune-system disorder that affects the brain and/or spinal cord. The 46-year-old recounted how she is...

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Goop aside, we need to talk more about the menopause

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that she is in the early stages of menopause and called for more discussion around it. Currently going through the menopause herself, Alyson Walsh agrees. Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she is going through the early stages of menopause. In a video posted to her Goop website, the actor-cum-wellness guru said that, at 46, she was currently in perimenopause and spoke about her experiences so far. “I can feel hormonal shifts happening, the moods, you’re all of a sudden furious for no reason…” she said, while explaining that she’s experienced an increase in sweating....

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heart-attack story shows just how much women’s symptoms are ignored

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Tweets from @gwheezie about her heart attack are teaching women the importance of recognising their own pain We think we’re well versed in the symptoms of a heart attack – a tight pain in the chest, shooting pains down your arm, dizziness. But there are other, less-talked-about symptoms that, unsurprisingly, are most commonly experienced by female heart-attack sufferers. Yesterday, one woman in America took to Twitter to tell her story of how her heart attack was nearly fatal, because she was unaware of these symptoms. Following on from her initial tweet, @gwheezie explained that her heart attack manifested as a...

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The year ahead for American women’s reproductive rights

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

From Justice Kavanaugh to Title X, it’s been a tough couple of years for women in the States – and it could get even tougher It seemed like a Trump campaign promise come true when, in October, despite three sexual-assault allegations, Brett Kavanaugh ascended to a lifetime position on the US Supreme Court. Not only did Kavanaugh’s appointment tilt the court further right, but it also appeared to fulfil one of President Donald Trump’s stated goals: to appoint anti-abortion judges to some of the highest seats in government. But on 10 December, Kavanaugh and his colleagues issued a surprise decision....

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Vaginismus – and what it feels like to be unable to use a tampon or have penetrative sex

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Shelby Hadden has made a short film about living with vaginismus. Lynn Enright talks to her about pain, taboos, and hope. Vaginismus is when the vagina tightens up just as you try to insert something into it.  It can mean that using tampons is impossible and penetrative sex is out of the question. It can be painful and traumatic and embarrassing. Vaginismus can be treated – with physiotherapy and with psychosexual therapy – and some people will find that, after treatment, they can begin to insert things into their vaginas; that they can begin to have penetrative sex. Some women...

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What happens when a wellness refusenik goes on a wellness day?

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Having always been sceptical of the self-care revolution, Jade Hutchinson spent 24 hours immersed in essential oils and granola to see if her mind could be changed Living in the moment is the key to happiness, they say, but the only time this ever seems to apply to me is when I have to make the decision between getting up early to go to yoga or an extra hour in bed. Or tossing it up between going spinning after work or going for an impromptu dinner and drinks with friends, instead. When it comes to wellness, I will always "live...

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I hide my migraines so people don’t think I’m weak

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

With migraines affecting one in seven adults – predominantly women – Fiona Sturges asks if there’s a gender pain gap. Once or twice a month, I get a sensation in my head that signals it’s time to retreat from the world. At first, the arrival of a migraine delivers a gentle throb just above my left eye that combines with mild waves of nausea. As the sick feeling increases, the throb turns into something closer to drilling, like a small, angry creature trying to bore its way out of my skull. My vision becomes fuzzy, as does my sense of...

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What it's like to experience "migraine with aura," a debilitating chronic health condition

Dec 18, 2019 by William Lewis.

It was Christmas Day 2012. My companion and I had recently plunked down for turkey presented with a side of gooey Trademark occasion motion pictures when I felt my left hand start shivering. It crawled up until my entire arm was numb, while I at the same time lost sensation on the left half of my face. The deadness slid down to my neck, and as I began to lose feeling inside my throat, I was unnerved I wouldn't have the option to relax for any longer. My companion, who endures incalculable nourishment sensitivities, rushed to get me an antihistamine,...