The Menstrual Health Coalition has just released their findings from research on Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) which involved both clinicians and patients. The published report found stigma surrounding HMB was high, averaging 8 out of 10 (Report: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding-breaking silence and stigma 2 Report: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding-breaking silence and stigma, n.d.). This has a negative impact on women by preventing them from being aware of what is normal and when they should actively seek help from their GP/Healthcare provider. It can also be dangerous, leading to delayed diagnosis of serious health conditions and delay in treatment. The report also found that an astonishing 1 in 3 women who have HMB have never spoken to their Doctor about it. PCOS Vitality would like to ask - why is menstruation not recorded as part of our medical records? Why are we not getting better access to regular gynae health checks? Let's face it, we see our dentist more frequently. How about talking to women about menstruation more and encouraging them to familiarise themselves with what is normal so they can spot when something isn't just quite right and seek help in a timely fashion.
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Report: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding-breaking silence and stigma 2 Report: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding-breaking silence and stigma. (n.d.).