Welcome to Wombs Around The Web – Pink Parcel’s monthly round-up of women’s health news and period news from around the world. Here’s the latest.
Cervical-screening rates are at their lowest in two decades
About three million women across England have not had a smear test for at least three-and-a-half years. Say what? Recent figures show that up to half of women under 50 in some areas have not had a cervical screening in the recommended time frame. Experts put the fall in screening rates down to ‘embarrassment, a lack of awareness or just putting it off’. In 2016, there were 854 deaths from cervical cancer in England, with 220,000 British women being diagnosed with cervical abnormalities every year. A smear test detects abnormal cells on the entrance to the womb. Isn’t it time you booked yours?
Source: The Pool
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the vagina but didn't dare ask
Go on, admit it, you’ve got a gazillion questions relating to your lady bits but have never felt brave enough to seek out the answers. Luckily for all of us, two sex educators have written a book to debunk the myths surrounding the female anatomy and help us navigate the thorny issues of periods, sex and the vagina. Hurrah! The Wonder Down Under explains everything you ever wanted to know about the vagina, minus any embarrassment. Medical students and sex educators, Nina Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl, draw on their medical expertise to bring vagina enlightenment to the masses. Their no-nonsense approach, written with humour, makes this a fascinating must-read.
Source: Pink Parcel
Period taboo 'endangering women's health', study finds
A "culture of silence" around the subject of vaginal bleeding, from puberty through to menopause, is failing the needs of women and girls around the globe, researchers have found. In many societies, cultural taboos , and what we like to call 'period taboos', frequently stop any openness about periods and menstruation, which restricts their access to information and healthcare. It can also mean that many are unable to tell the difference between what is healthy and what is not. Remember, it’s good to talk - and to share.
Source: BMJ Global Health