Women’s Health Evening

I’m still buzzing from last Thursday! My first event with Thurrock CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) was a success! Honestly, it took a lot for me to come to this conclusion because I spent the first hour feeling deflated about the small (15) number of people who were in attendance. Myself and the CCG had planned for 20-25 people and organised an extensive advertising campaign… It was on the local council website, the CCG website, Thurrock Gazette newspaper, Thurrock Enquirer newspaper, Pharmacies, GP surgeries, Facebook and Instagram – we had it covered so, when I didn’t see that we would have a space issue, it left me a little bewildered.

 

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Before the event, I prayed that no matter what, I would smile because it wasn’t all about numbers. There were three consultants, three doctors and a nurse in attendance –  I needed to make an impact on them too. The evening gave me a reminder that I shouldn’t look at things so surface level –  the bigger picture should always be my main focus.

 

My talk lasted 15 minutes and when I finished, I’m not sure why I said “ok, thank you, I think that’s me done” and proceeded to leave the stage. I was not expecting a 15 minute Q&A/brainstorming session. I was absolutely blown away by the feedback I received from the medical professionals. The one which still stands out to me was the doctor who said “I will never deliver the news that someone has PCOS so casually again.” When I heard that, I concluded that if no one else takes anything away from the evening, the event had already impacted many lives through that one doctor…

There are so many other opportunities that opened up for me but, I need to wait for it in writing before announcing it to the world! Stay tuned 🙂

 

Trying to Conceive – Did you know?

  • Frequency of sexual intercourse – 2-3 times a week
  • Body mass index – 19-29

Lifestyle

  • Alcohol – Females: 4 upw; Males: 2-4 upd
  • Smoking – None allowed
  • Caffeine – No known effect
  • Recreational drugs – cocaine

 

 

chocolate cyst

 

Have you heard of chocolate cysts? This was the first time I had heard of the term when Mr Jadhav (Consultant Gynaecologist) mentioned it. Chocolate cysts, also known as endometrioma is a sack which grows on the ovary and contains fluid and sometimes semi-solid material. The endometrial tissue inside the cyst responds to the monthly hormones and causes bleeding which, fills in inside of the cyst with old, dark blood, hence the name chocolate cysts.

Symptoms

  • Painful periods
  • Abdominal cramping and or swelling during your period
  • Bowls or bladder pain
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Experiencing pain during exercise.

For more information, visit ovarian cyst symptoms or Endometriosis UK

 

Nurse Rumbidzai Mugezi spoke on the importance of understanding sexual health and regular screenings. This was an eye opener for me and, I have to admit that until we started our IVF journey, sexual health was not on my mind. She also gave an overview on what sexual health services are available in Thurrock.

Sexual Health – Did you know?

  • You can get tested at your sexual health clinic, GP surgery or online pharmacy 
  • Some Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI’s) are asymptomatic which means they can go undetected. 
  • Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI’s) such as Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia can make it difficult to get pregnant.

It was great to see women who had had children at the event asking questions on contraception and how to maintain their reproductive health. It wasn’t so much that they were thinking of expanding their family but ensuring that they had more information on topics such as fibroids and ovarian cancer.

 

Fibroids – Did you know?

  • Affects in 1 in 3 women
  • Develops in a woman’s reproductive years between 16-50
  • Common in African- Caribbean women
  • Sometimes diagnosed by chance during routine check as some women do not experience any symptoms

For more information on fibroids, please visit British Fibroid Trust, Fibroids connect, Pelvic Pain Support Network

 

As it’s National Fertility Awareness Week next week, I’ll post more on the event and hopefully have some news on upcoming projects 🙂

 

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Be Encouraged, Be Expectant

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