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Thanks to smear selfies, cervical screenings are finally being normalised

Dec 9, 2019 by William Lewis.

Rebekah Vardy is the latest celeb to show off her trip to the doctors on Instagram, prompting women to book their own smear tests. I went for my first-ever smear test earlier this week and I can’t lie – I was nervous. All my life, I’d been told that the experience was painful, uncomfortable and downright embarrassing, and I was expecting the worst. I’m not alone; millions of women avoid their smear tests for the exact same reasons and the number of cervical screenings nurses carry out are at their lowest rate in two decades. It was this stat, in...

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Instagram has become my IVF support system

Dec 9, 2019 by William Lewis.

When Emma Forsyth couldn’t get pregnant, she felt distanced from her friends – but the infertility community of Instagram rallied around her. On a stormy Saturday not long ago, a specialist broke the news to me that one more round of IVF was dropped on the grounds that my body had allowed me to down. As I left my facility, wailing and baffled at having fizzled, for the third time straight, to arrive at the point where one of my solidified undeveloped organisms could be put inside me, a message sprung up on my telephone. "How could it go?" A...

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

Dec 9, 2019 by William Lewis.

Shelby Hadden has made a short film about living with vaginismus. Lynn Enright talks to her about pain, taboos and hope. Vaginismus is the point at which the vagina takes care of similarly as you attempt to embed something into it. It is the body's programmed response to the dread of a few or a wide range of vaginal infiltration. 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...

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How your home can be good for your health

Dec 9, 2019 by William Lewis.

Sometimes, the thought of getting off the sofa can be enough to put us off exercise or wellness, but there's no need to cross the doorstep to make positive change, says Emma Guns. gyms are great but, if you’re anything like me, you might find them a wee bit intimidating. Amy Schumer captured the feeling of inadequacy in her film I Feel Pretty – of hiding in the changing rooms at the spin studios until the very last minute before a class and not making eye contact with anyone while you’re there. Gyms can be brutal and, as much as...

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Our son’s limb difference made us rethink what kind of parents we want to be

Dec 11, 2019 by William Lewis.

I’m grateful for the time we live in and its increased recognition of difference, says Sarah Drinkwater. The montage you see when couples have babies in films goes this way: they're embracing over a positive test, sobbing at the main sweep, piling up presents at the child shower – and afterward it slices to an ideal infant in their arms. My accomplice, Stuart, and I put in a couple of years attempting to begin a family, with a couple of appalling misfortunes en route – so we realized it wasn't care for the films. Five months into another pregnancy, we...