fertility

For many of us, the ongoing pandemic has made us realise what’s important in life. As I’ve written about before for House 21, as a 35-year-old single woman when I was faced with the prospect of not being able to date and have the chance of finding someone, it was only then I realised how much I do want to…

I’ve been banging on about body confidence and positivity the past few weeks and  I have realised just what an impact it has on us all. I always find this is the time of year that it hits us the most, the sun comes out and we get excited and dig out our summer clobber, then the weather drops a…

Birth trauma experienced by a new mother

Birth Trauma awareness week runs from the 19th to the 24th July.  When I first heard the term “Birth Trauma” I didn’t think it applied to me. After surviving two devastatingly difficult pregnancies I said, in both cases I found the act of actually giving birth relatively ‘easy’, despite both times the induction process taking more than three days, I…

Me - "I have Cystic Fibrosis" Other person - "What is it?" Me - "Well..." You can guess how the conversation goes on from there - me having to explain about the illness that I have had since I was a foetus. A conversation I have had on many occasions and surprised I haven't recorded just so I don't need…

I’m writing because I am sick of being silent and feeling like I don’t have a voice. I have come to realise that nothing will ever change or move forward unless we speak about our experiences and share our stories loudly. And today, I want to give a voice to women’s health, and talk about the healthcare system in this…

IUD

This is an opinion piece based on Sarah's personal experience. Professional information on the IUD from the NHS can be found here.    “Yes, I am 100% sure.” I told a concerned-looking nurse for about the 7th time. I know why she was concerned; I was 23, had not yet had any children and was making an appointment for a…

The media have reported recently that companies such as Bumble and LinkedIn have introduced a “Burnout Break” for all employees.  Whereby the entire work force have been shut down and placed on a paid week’s holiday in response to occupational burnout.  Whilst this is an innovative and progressive move, and a welcomed nod to the need for the good well-being…

Hello everyone!   So today I wanted to talk about recurring migraines. At one point I would get migraines that lasted days, a week and were horrible. I couldn't concentrate, I was drowsy and my vision went blue and I was sensitive to lights. People used to tell me I was tired, stressed. Basically everything other than recurring migraines, and…

My second pregnancy seems to be flying! I’m now in my third and final trimester but today wanted to reflect upon my second trimester, second time around… Because there’s lots of differences! Differences in my second trimester, second time around. 1. Balancing being pregnant & being a Mum. This pregnancy has been very different from my first. I spoke about…

As a young girl, I always loved running. Take me to a park, and I would entertain myself by running laps for most of the day. I’d be the first to sign up for the cross country or the 800m race at sports day (the day I finally got gold in the last year of middle school, will stay with…