Let’s trust women’s bodies to give birth

I trust women’s bodies to give birth. I see lots of women in the last few weeks of their pregnancy to prepare for birth. I also see lots of women who have passed their estimated due date and want to encourage the baby along.  With both my children I went past my estimated due date by some time, and I remember the pressures well.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a pain condition that mostly affects women. It involves muscle pain and tenderness in multiple joints or areas of the body. The pain can be hard to treat with conventional medicine and is often chronic. It’s also often accompanied by fatigue, poor sleep, poor memory, and changes in mood. Like all chronic pain conditions, it typically limits people’s ability to do the…

let’s talk about male fertility

Like many of you I was deeply moved by the BBC programme on male fertility ‘Me, my brother and our balls’. This was a heartfelt and informative documentary following the challenges faced by two brothers with fertility issues resulting from testicular cancer and varicoceles.

A pain in the neck (and shoulder, back, arm, wrist)

I was idly scanning the internet this weekend looking for some stats of people suffering with pain in the UK (um… nearly half of the population!) and stumbled across some great videos posted by British Gypsom. They’ve worked with a physio to create a series of exercises designed to help plasterers ease the various aches and pains they suffer with as a result of…

Acupuncture – an effective alternative to HRT?

The menopause can so often be a time that brings disruption and misery to a woman’s life.  It can involve one or more of a range of symptoms, which are experienced to varying degrees and levels of distress. These can include night sweats and hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, aches and pains, palpitations and genital and urinary problems.