Entries by katharine

This Cervical Cancer Prevention Week #SmearforSmear

This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and this year cervical screening is as important as ever. SureScan Women’s Health Clinic is joining others to support #SmearforSmear, this year’s social media campaign led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. We want to remind women that we are here for you with information and support, particularly at […]

NIPT – What Is It And What Are The Benefits?

When you are pregnant, it is only natural to have some concerns about the health of your unborn child. The nuchal fold test, available on the NHS at the time of your 12-week scan is a non-invasive option. This gives some idea of your risk factor for genetic abnormalities. However, it is not always completely […]

How Long COVID is Impacting on Women’s Health

There’s no escaping it – COVID-19 has never been far from anyone’s mind over the past year. You may have been avoiding the news or social media in a bid to stay sane. The virus has unquestionably had an impact on the way we all live our lives. In recent months, the subject of ‘long […]

Why Have An Early Pregnancy Scan?

Getting pregnant can be a long and often painful process. When you finally get that positive pregnancy test result, it’s fair to say the journey is only just beginning. Every pregnant woman in the UK is entitled to two ultrasound scans during her pregnancy, one at 12 weeks gestation, and another at 20 weeks. If […]

Why Should I Talk To My Employer about Fertility Treatment?

There is a strong, but often overlooked, link between employment and fertility treatment. These days, many women choose to sacrifice their most fertile years in order to get ahead on the career ladder. And often, women delay starting a family until their early forties. The sad truth is, however, that while plenty of women are […]

When Is It Time To See A Gynaecologist?

Here in the UK, we’re not accustomed to making an appointment with a gynaecologist. Unlike our cousins across the Atlantic, who seem to have all the various specialists on speed dial. But we prefer to take all our problems to the GP and let them decide whether or not to refer it on. GP practices […]

Menopause Health Check: What Is It And Why Do I Need It?

The menopause. It happens to us all sooner or later – some much sooner than others, unfortunately. Because it’s such a natural part of life once you reach a certain age, it’s tempting to think that this is something you should get through on your own. After all, you didn’t feel the need to seek […]

MPs Fight For Improvement In Endometriosis Care

An All-Party-Political-Group (APPG) enquiry has published a report calling for an improvement in endometriosis diagnosis and care. This is welcome news for all women who have suffered whilst waiting for an endometriosis diagnosis. With one in ten UK women affected by endometriosis, you might expect it to be top of the list of conditions to […]

How Fertility Can Affect Your Mental Health

If you have experienced fertility issues, it might not surprise you to hear that there is a link between infertility and mental health. Ninety percent of men and women struggling with fertility, surveyed by Fertility Network UK, felt depressed, and 42% even had suicidal thoughts. So perhaps it’s time to give more attention to the […]

Ethics Body Proposes Scrapping Ten-Year Limit On Egg Freezing

A UK ethics body, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, is claiming that the current ten-year limit on storing frozen eggs in the UK is arbitrary. And this is being used by some companies to pressurise women into making decisions about their fertility. Why the ten-year limit? The ten-year limit only applies to those women who have […]