Gynaecological Health Should Be Every Woman’s Business
It is 2019 and a number of women are still suffering in silence, feel ashamed to speak about their gynaecological health and often have to dance around conversations that have anything to do with the lady parts. Growing up we were not always given enough information on gynaecological health be it at school or our parents and the taboo surrounding gyane health doesn’t help either so it’s understandable why some of us feel gynae health is not something we need to be aware or speak of.
Gynaecological health should be every woman’s business, repeat after me “gynaecological health should be every woman’s business”. Why, because we all have lady parts and those lady parts need looking after. Nearly every woman will suffer from a gynaecological condition at some point in her lifetime, not necessarily life-threatening but some of these conditions can severely impact not only the quality of life but the ability to do everyday tasks. Therefore it is vital for every woman to have some knowledge on the common gynaecological conditions to when to see the gynaecologist or doctor for routine checks.
My hope for this year is for young women to pay extra attention to their gynaecological health. My challenge for you this year is to make an effort to do the following:
Schedule your gynaecological appointment.
At some point in a woman’s life, her gynaecologist becomes her homeboy or homegirl. Let this year be the year we remember to book and go for our annual gynaecological exam to smear tests appointments. A smear test can detect the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) known to cause cervical cancer, with the annual exam able to check for any other abnormalities and ensure your lady parts are healthy. Healthy lady parts = a happy life.
Know and listen to your body.
I cannot stress this point enough. No one will ever know your body like you do, no one will ever know what is normal and not normal for your body like you do. Learn to listen to your body, if you experience any symptoms or changes that concern you, such as irregular periods, abdominal pain, heavier than usual periods or severe period pain, speak to your doctor or gynaecologist as soon as possible cause those could be symptoms to gynaecological conditions such as PCOS, ovarian cysts etc.
Speak to the women in your life.
Sisterhood, as women we have a duty to lookout after one another. I challenge you to speak and share relevant gynaecological information with at least 5 women in your life, encourage them to go for their gynae routine checks if they haven’t been or due for one. Conversations around the lady parts can be embarrassing but could save a life.
Manage your stress.
Stress can affect your menstrual cycle, fertility and other aspects of your gynaecological health. Find ways to manage and reduce stress better, whether it’s doing yoga or taking time off social media.
A recent study showed around 66% of young women are embarrassed to say the word “vagina” or see their doctor if they had any gynaecological problem, with only a third of women able to identify correctly the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Let us make an effort to change these statistics.