Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain is one of the most common, painful and debilitating conditions that you’ve never heard of

Sarah Fishburn and Jen Campbell, the Pelvic Partnership PGP: an unresolved issue Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain is a pelvic joint problem affecting up to half of all women and birthing people during and/or after pregnancy (1). It causes mild to severe pain in and around the pelvis, hips and lower back. Most women with PGPContinue reading “Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain is one of the most common, painful and debilitating conditions that you’ve never heard of”

PGP, me, and the one-in-five women affected

Angeline O’Connor Angeline O’Connor is a 38 year old mother of two, with lived experience of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP). She is a proud Trustee of The Pelvic Partnership, a charity which supports women with PGP, an active member of The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (ALLIANCE), and a member of the ALLIANCEContinue reading “PGP, me, and the one-in-five women affected”

Who knows ‘best’ when it comes to breast?

Bakita Kasadha, Dr Shema Tariq, Dr Farai Nyatsanza, Dr Nell Freeman-Romilly, Angelina Namiba and Tanvi Rai PhD Author names and affiliations: Bakita Kasadha (University of Oxford), Dr Shema Tariq (UCL), Dr Farai Nyatsanza (Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust), Dr Nell Freeman-Romilly (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Angelina Namiba (4M Network), Tanvi Rai (University ofContinue reading “Who knows ‘best’ when it comes to breast?”

Endometriosis, period health, and valuing women’s experience

Dr Andrea Ford Andrea Ford is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2017. Her research is at the intersection of reproductive and environmental health and justice — building out from herContinue reading “Endometriosis, period health, and valuing women’s experience”

Claudia and Me: an endo story

Laura Ruane A cheap bottle of supermarket wine smashed everywhere, and I almost cried. I had misjudged the packing area at the supermarket self-service checkout. That wine, and accompanying chocolate, was a last-ditch attempt to feel better after days of exhaustion and pain caused by my endometriosis. Endometriosis is like internal bleeding. Every month, cellsContinue reading “Claudia and Me: an endo story”

Why the UK needs a new National Milk

Jessica Cohen-Murray Jessica Cohen-Murray has a degree in Geography and Russian from the University of Nottingham, including a happy year spent living in Donetsk, Ukraine. She has always maintained a keen lay interest in pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding; the birth of her first child led her to become more involved in the practicalities ofContinue reading “Why the UK needs a new National Milk”

Sharing the burden of miscarriage knowledge

Aimee Middlemiss and Susie Kilshaw Dr Susie Kilshaw is Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Dr Aimee Middlemiss is a Research Officer at the London School of Economics who recently completed her PhD at the University of Exeter. Pregnancy loss before viability is an experience faced by manyContinue reading “Sharing the burden of miscarriage knowledge”

Why current sexual and reproductive health research, policy and practice are failing women – and what we can do about it

Richard Ma Dr Richard Ma is a general practitioner in London and a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London. He has research interest and clinical experience in delivering sexual and reproductive healthcare for over 20 years. His current PhD is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and focuses on improving contraceptive careContinue reading “Why current sexual and reproductive health research, policy and practice are failing women – and what we can do about it”

Integrating alcohol harm reduction with family planning: A woman-centred alternative to the ‘abstinence-only’ approach for women trying to conceive

While there is no evidence to suggest that women need to avoid alcohol altogether in order to get pregnant or have a healthy pregnancy, expert bodies in the UK recommend total abstinence from alcohol for women who are trying to conceive and women who are already pregnant …