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How Infertility can affect all aspects of your life

How Infertility can affect all aspects of your life

Conditions
Jess, 38 from West Yorkshire who works in export sales is about to embark on her fourth fresh cycle of IVF. She speaks to Feminine Vitae about her ongoing journey with infertility, and how she deals with its impact on her life. Jess's journey Jess and her husband began trying to conceive four years ago. “We started trying naturally around Christmas time, 2014 and nothing happened after trying for quite a while, off and on in 2015 and 2016” she says. When their attempts proved to be unsuccessful, they visited their GP, who referred them to a local fertility clinic. “We received the diagnosis of azoospermia” Jess recounts “So zero sperm in my husband's sample.” It was later found in 2017 that Jess’ husband had congenital bilateral absence of vas…
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We can Pitch

We can Pitch

News
The Pitch competition in Manchester For Feminine Vitae growing as a social enterprise involves concurrently developing our social and commercial profiles. We attended The Pitch competition in Manchester and tested the value proposition of our initiatives by pitching in front of an audience of brilliant entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs at the Pitch competition Our founder, Lala, won a prize on the day for her pitch about our menstrual wellbeing initiative. Thanks to the organisers of The Pitch competition and the sponsor of the prize MOO. So now you know, WE CAN PITCH!
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Health is everyone’s business

Health is everyone’s business

Policy News
Health is everyone’s business: lowering the number of women who lose their jobs because of a reproductive health condition Background Between July and October 2019, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health and Social Care launched a consultation on how to prevent people with health conditions from falling out of work and missing out on the opportunity to achieve their full potential. In 2018, Public Health England reported on the far-reaching impact of women’s reproductive health symptoms with reference to the impact on their professional lives. Feminine Vitae raises awareness about the under-recognised impact of reproductive health conditions on women’s career progression. From menopausal symptoms to conditions such as endometriosis which affect 1 in 10 women, many women with painful and chronic symptoms take long-term…
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BTW, Endometriosis is not a STI

BTW, Endometriosis is not a STI

Conditions
Steph, 33, a civil servant and an executive member of the National Endometriosis Sisters Support (NESS). She was once asked by a date if endometriosis was caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Endometriosis is a reproductive health condition and has no relation or link to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Women with endometriosis can experience chronic pelvic pain at a young age, even before the onset of menstruation. The constant battle Although Steph was diagnosed with stage four endometriosis when she was 26, she tells of how she “battled to get people to listen since the age of 14.” During frequent visits to the hospital, staff were often dismissive of the pain she reported. “I used to go and they’d say “Oh we know her,…
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Infertility: an emotional journey for Kate

Infertility: an emotional journey for Kate

Conditions
Kate, 38, is a fertility nurse who enjoys running, spending time with her dog and eating cake in her spare time. She speaks to Feminine Vitae about her fertility journey. Experiencing infertility can be the most challenging emotional journey in a woman’s life. Kate shared her experience with us. Infertility affect 1 in 7. Kate's infertility journey Kate’s fertility journey started with her trying to conceive naturally with her partner in 2013. “The first obstacle was that I didn't have a regular periods” she says. “I then had two cycles of ovulation induction, which is taking medication.” When this proved to be unsuccessful, Kate then went on to try IVF with an embryo transfer. However, this still did not result in a pregnancy. After her next cycle of IVF was…
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Why PCOS is More Than Just a Fertility Issue

Why PCOS is More Than Just a Fertility Issue

Conditions, Self-care project
By Rebecca Bairstow Attempting to treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is often not a smooth journey, and many sufferers encounter various hurdles in accessing treatment. One woman living with PCOS discusses her experiences of the condition. What is PCOS? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman's ovaries work. There's no cure for PCOS, but the symptoms can be treated. Many women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), 1 in 10 women in the UK. An International evidence-based guideline was introduced for the assessment and management of PCOS. It is designed to assist clinical decision making and intended to improve the lives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) worldwide. It was welcome as a starting point for diagnosis and management of the condition, but most patients…
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Do the majority of people know what reproductive health is?

Do the majority of people know what reproductive health is?

Conditions, Policy News
#ReproductiveHealth Many people think that #reproductivehealth only has to do with the ability of a couple to have babies. But of course, it is not that simple. You might find it difficult explaining in detail this topic to someone who might be poorly informed. However, it is vital that awareness is raised and solutions are found to help those who suffer and are in pain day in and day out. Importantly, women bear by far the greatest burden of reproductive health problems and support needs to be provided in their social and work environment. Menstrual problems such as heavy menstrual bleeding or severe menstrual cramps are symptoms of more severe and chronic conditions such as Endometriosis, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Even, women going through the menopause can experience many challenging…
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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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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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