PMDD- PMS on Steroid

PMDD- PMS on Steroid

Conditions, Interviews, Interviews Videos
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) - Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) on steroid Feminine Vitae (FV) interviewed Sarah Rawsthorn who relied on her lived experience with Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) to develop mental health education programmes. PMDD affects around 1 in 20 women. Hormone-related Mood Disorder Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a mood disorder which is similar to but more severe than the better known Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). PMDD affects 1 in 20 women of reproductive age. Women with PMDD experience a range of severe symptoms which are disruptive to daily tasks and can cause them to struggle to function effectively in their work and personal lives. Symptoms include irritability, anxiety, depression lack of energy, hopelessness, difficulty concentrating and suicidal thoughts. These symptoms arise in the weeks preceding their period and remit when…
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Nutrition & Menopausal symptoms

Nutrition & Menopausal symptoms

Conditions, Interviews, Wellness
Nutrition-focused approach to manage menopausal symptoms By changing her diet, 52-year-old nutritional therapist Simone Burgon was able to manage the symptoms that arose when she entered perimenopause. Menopausal symptoms come in all shapes and forms Menopause refers to that time in every woman’s life when she stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. It generally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. In the UK the average age to reach menopause is 51. When Simone’s symptoms of perimenopause developed, these were so severe that, at first, she mistook them for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. “I thought I had Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)” she says. “I couldn't get out of bed, I had chronic fatigue, depression, night sweats.” Hot flashes and night sweats are almost synonymous with…
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Leave No One Behind

Leave No One Behind

Policy News, Uncategorized
UK domestic implementation of Sustainable Development Goals In January this year, Feminine Vitae (FV) submitted written evidence to the House of Commons International Development Committee about the review of the UK progress on the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report published on the 16th July 2019, outlines recommendations for the implementation of the SDGs at domestic and international level. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals One of the SDGs’ ethos is that development should be inclusive, hence ‘leaving no one behind’. Accordingly, the domestic implementation of the SDGs should include the need of all women, including those affected by severe reproductive health symptoms. Especially SDG 5, which promote gender equality and encourage States to empower all women and girls. For this reason, FV submitted a contribution…
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FV meets the Secretary of State for Communities, Robert Jenrick and…

FV meets the Secretary of State for Communities, Robert Jenrick and…

Interviews, Policy News
The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship Feminine Vitae (FV) met Robert Jenrick MP (then as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury) at the launch of the Alison Rose review of Female Entrepreneurship on the 8th March 2019. FV brought to the attention of the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, the issues faced by women affected by reproductive health conditions in the workforce and access to entrepreneuship support. He held the view that #Womencan achieve their full potential through entrepreneurship. As Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP stated that : “Together we must fire up Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st Century and ensure no one is held back from realising their full potential.” "Together we must fire up Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st Century and ensure no…
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How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

Policy News
APPG reports on How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century Women & Work APPG APPG is a cross-party group that examines the role of women in the workforce, bringing together Members of Parliament and interested stakeholders. Feminine Vitae attended one of APPG’s yearly meetings in London on 28th of January 2019; and contributed towards bridging the gap between the willingness to commit to a more balanced gender distribution in the workplace and the challenges of achieving this. The How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century report offers proposals to improve female recruitment across the employment and labour market Flexible working by default: Hitting a new stride Flexible by default: University of Sussex as a case Study Notably, a key topic of discussion was the importance of flexibility for working…
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Submission to the Women and Work APPG 2018

Submission to the Women and Work APPG 2018

Policy News, Uncategorized
Our submission to the Women and Work All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) November 2018 "Since the publication of this article, Feminine Vitae has been invited to Parliament for the launch of the APPG 's toolkit of practical suggestions, hints, and tips for employers on Monday 28th January 2019" Please find below an extract of our submission. Socio-economic impact of reproductive health conditions The impact of these conditions on women’s career progression and financial security remains under-recognised. Despite a significant proportion of women in the UK being affected by reproductive health conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and fertility problems, the impact of these conditions on women’s career progression and financial security remains under-recognised. In light of this, Feminine Vitae submitted recommendations to the Women and Work APPG on…
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