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World Contraception Day

Posted by hannahflynn on September 23, 2009

Ahead of World Contraception Day this Saturday 26 September, a number of studies have come out to hammer home the safe sex message.

Lloyds Pharmacy’s latest research shows the average British adult has indirectly had sex with 2,881,024 people. This shocking statistic is based on the average British adult having sex with 7.65 people in their life time.

 “When we have sex with someone, we are, in effect, not only sleeping with them, but also their previous partners and so on,” Clare Kerr, head of sexual health for the chemist chain,  as reported in the Metro today.

 You can calculate your own figure using the tool on their website.  This will base your answer on your age, your number of sexual partners and the age that they were.

 In a similar vein, the Australian publication, Pharmacy News reported an alarming number of women are ignorant of the potential threat to their health and the risk of pregnancy which can result from unprotected sex.

 The research was commissioned by Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia (SHFPA) and Bayer Schering and they found two out of three adult women admitted to having unprotected sex.

SHFPA’s Dr Christine Read said, “It’s worrying that young women continue to engage in unprotected sex, but it is equally concerning that many women don’t have basic knowledge of their menstrual cycle. For example, many women don’t realise they can get pregnant even if they have unprotected sex outside the time they’re ovulating.”

Dr Read went on to say that women taking hormonal contraceptive pills should be given more information about how to take them properly.

Today Conceptus, a company engaged in women’s health care recognised World Contraception Day. This year’s motto is “Your life, your voice: Talk Contraception.” One of the main focuses is encouraging more women to consider permanent forms of birth control.

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15andcounting love Women’s Health Base!

Posted by hannahflynn on September 16, 2009

This blog has been featured in the 15andcounting campaign’s blog.

They are a campaign group set up petition governments to make young people’s sexual health a policy priority and are well worth a look.

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Stonewall poster campaign highlights lesbian health issues

Posted by hannahflynn on September 16, 2009

Gay rights group Stonewall has launched a new poster campaign with the Department of Health encouraging lesbian and bisexual women to take better care of themselves.

The move follows the results of ‘Prescription for Change’, the first major survey ever conducted into lesbian and bisexual women’s health in Britain, which has revealed half of the UK’s 1.8 million lesbians report a recent negative NHS experience. The Stonewall research used over 6,000 lesbian and bisexual women in the study.

Stonewall has developed the slogan ‘Love your inner lesbian’ which is going to accompany the campaign. The research, released last year, found deeply disturbing levels of self-harm, substance abuse and exclusion from routine testing for cervical cancer.

The survey also found lesbian and bisexual women are reluctant to be honest about their sexual orientation when talking to doctors. The poster campaign which will hit healthcare centres and clinics soon, aims to encourage women to talk frankly to their doctors about their healthcare needs.A series of posters is now been available depicting the slogan, as well as key statistics from the report – including smear testing, lesbian parenting, mental health issues and drink and drug habits.

The lack of attendance to cervical screening by lesbian and bisexual women is worrying considering the increasing trend for sexually transmitted diseases which can lead to the development of abnormalities on the cervix which can lead to cancer. However, 30% of cervical cancers  occur without pre-exposure to HPV; a cancer causing virus, meaning groups which are not in a high risk group for HPV, Chlamydia and gonorrohea i.e lesbian women, are still at risk of developing the disease. The report suggested their is an increased cost in treating lesbian and bisexual women who usually present with a disease later than their heterosexual peers.

One of the recommendations of the report is to make lesbian health issues more visible so women are more comfortable discussing them with a doctor.

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