Your health

  • How comfortable do you feel talking about women’s health issues?
  • Have you ever felt like you should go to the doctor but decided not to, perhaps due to embarassment or other time constraints like work or parenting?
  • If you are sexually active, how much say do you have in the use of contraceptives, and the type of contraceptive used?
  • Has your period or your experience of menopause ever impacted your ability to do something?

Why the contribution is important

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about your health, and how able you feel to express and address your health needs.

You're welcome to answer as many of the above questions as you like, write about something else that's related, or make a suggestion.

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by Megan_LeicesterCC on November 06, 2019 at 12:06PM

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  • Posted by LeicSte January 20, 2020 at 20:55

    I’m generally happy waiting to see a female doctor if I have “women’s” problems to discuss but I find it hard to afford over counter contraception and wish there were old style family planning clinics to get these from. Also dedicated nurses and appointments there for allied issues would be so helpful.
    I am heading for the menopause and would appreciate clinics or other drop in style slots for women with menopause issues I am experiencing which aren’t always something I would take to a doctor. Sexual health advice points seem geared towards younger people.
  • Posted by JE January 22, 2020 at 15:40

    I don't have an issue talking to male doctors about women's health issues. I just take whatever appointment might be available, because that's where the real issue lies: getting an appointment. My practice has a wait of about 3 weeks for an appointment. If you need to be seen urgently you phone at the start of the morning or afternoon sessions. However, you don't always get through, and people have taken to queuing in person for the slots to open in order to get one.
    In terms of contraception, I've always felt enough choices have been offered to me, and I've made reasonably well-informed decisions as a result.
    Although personally I haven't been affected at work by menstruation or menopause, I see plenty of my female colleagues who have a miserable time. I think it's seen as something you just have to get on with. Recently, there has been more support for menopause, but I don't know how much of a positive impact it's having on women's working lives.
  • Posted by bclafton February 28, 2020 at 15:48

    I dont have an issue talking to a male GP about female problems as the GP is a professional. What I have an issue with is that as a working parent I can never get in to see my GP. They have a system where you have to call onthe day. Their phonelines dont open till 830, by which time i am already onmy way to work. By the time I get to work, if I can even get through the phone queue, I find the appointments are all gone. I have chronic endometriosis and am in the early stages of the menopause. I suffer with horrendous bleeding problems and have been prescribed two different types of medication but they have not worked. There appears to benothing else available yet because I cant get in to see a gp I am left to suffer.
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