Category: Sexual & Reproductive Health

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🤰🏻'Poor physical health can have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing, especially when growing another human, and I’m so over the idea that us mothers should just struggle through. The common theme that we’re having a baby seems to imply that nothing else really matters.'
🩺‘I left so many appointments feeling like I was wasting the doctor’s time’
“Even as a proudly pro-choice woman, the thought of anyone requesting two weeks of ‘abortion leave’ seemed unthinkable. But it’s for exactly this reason that its inclusion feels so radical. Not only is it an important statement supporting our right to reproductive choice, but it also helps to normalise and validate abortion as a common but complex life experience.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🧠Yes, five years at medical school probably does trump one quick Google search — but a lifetime of living in your own body is an absolutely valid form of expertise, which your doctor should be willing to take on board. You know when something is wrong, even if you don’t know why or how to fix it.
📚A bit of news: I'm writing a book with the lovely people @bloomsburypublishing!
🩺This quote from gynaecologist Saira Sundar’s blog post for Patient Safety Learning is something I’ve been thinking, and talking to healthcare professionals, about a lot lately. Particularly on the blog and on #ShitMyDoctorSays, we talk a lot about things that individual healthcare professionals get wrong - from not listening, hearing or believing women, to coming out with things that range from ignorant to downright misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🧠’As a woman, you’re made to feel as if you have no expertise about yourself. I felt like I was being rubbed out, again and again and again.’⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📚#HystericalWomen Book Club news: this month I'm featuring not one but TWO very brilliant (and very different!) books on the blog.
🌙 TONIGHT! @lunahubpmdd founder Clare was such a big inspiration for me launching #HystericalWomen after we met for a cuppa that turned into cocktails four years ago — so I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining her for this webinar to chat about my work.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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