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Into the Moses Room, but where’s the burning bush?!

On Tuesday I went up to parliament (to the Moses Room) to attend the launch event for the APPG on Well-being Economics. The report is the result of a year-long inquiry exploring how well-being evidence can be translated into policy in four diverse areas: labour markets, planning and transport, mindfulness in health and education, and arts and culture. Some inspiring discussion and I’m excited that politicians are embracing the concept of measuring well-being in more ‘human’ ways other than just tracking the GDP and economic growth. The report suggests that training new medical and teaching staff in mindfulness techniques would embed a culture of well-being in health and education, with a  focus on addressing mental health issues, which cost the UK economy an estimated £70bn annually.

Sadly no depiction of ‘Moses and the burning bush’ in amongst the biblical paintings at the venue and I do hope chronic sexual pain and sexual health will not be absent from the report’s remit if and when it is actioned.  Sexual well-being is key to physical and mental health and deserves to be a central area of focus as it is a core part of our identity…and there are 3.2 million UK women with ‘burning bushes’ (as a result of vulvodynia) who may also benefit from this approach to healthcare! As a Women4Real initiative we are now using mindfulness techniques to help women manage chronic sexual pain and are developing an Attentional Shift Training programme which we believe will be an even more effective way of helping women manage sexual health issues.

 

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What patients want doctors to know…

I’ve just returned from Lodz in Poland, after speaking on behalf of Women4Real with Sabine Tyrvainen at “Woman and Man: Reproductive and Sexual Health”.  Women4Real gave the opening presentation on “What patients want doctors to know”, with a focus on issues relating to chronic sexual pain and vulvodynia. I also read an extract from my forthcoming book, The Chilli Pepper Sex Club, which was well-received and met some wonderful  Polish health professionals including Poland’s top vulvodynia specialist Dr Ewa Baszak Radomanska.

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I’ll be giving the inaugural lecture at Poland’s ‘Reproductive Health Conference’ in June


I’m looking forward to giving the inaugural lecture at Kongresy Medyczne Kobieta i Mężczyzna , with co-founder of Women4Real, Sabine Tyrvainen.  We’ll be giving a presentation on ‘Personal perspectives on sexual health care: What patients want doctors to know’ at the Reproductive Health Conference in Lodz, Poland in mid June, and networking with Poland’s top consultants in sexual health. Can’t wait!

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Take a part in a ground-breaking new study on body awareness & sexual health

Are you a straight woman aged 18+ and currently involved in a romantic relationship with a man that has lasted one year or more? Yes? Then please consider filling in this anonymous survey on body image and sexual health for the Human Sexuality Research Lab at the University of Ottawa. It should take around 10 to 20 minutes to complete and will help PhD students conduct a study on how women relate to their body and the way it may affect their sexual health. Researchers there are curious to know the extent to which positive body image is related to sexual wellbeing and they hope the results of the study will help women who are struggling with body image and sexual issues.

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BBC Casualty “Unsilenced” – powerful episode about FGM wins UK Sexual Health Award

I attended the UK Sexual Health awards on Friday 14th in London as our Women4Real video was a finalist for Media Campaign/Storyline of the Year. Congratulations to the deserving winner of our category, an episode of the BBC’s ‘Casualty’, entitled ‘Unsilenced’, that dealt with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). A powerful and ground-breaking piece of television – view a clip on the UK Sexual Health Awards website.

UK Sexual Health Awards 2014

Coming soon…the UK Sexual Health Awards on 14th March. Our Women4Real video Painful Sex vs. ‘Normal’ Sex: The Differences Explained With Food has been nominated for ‘Sexual Health Campaign/Storyline of the Year’. Some brilliant projects in our category including No More Page 3, and the #FBRape campaign which surely deserves to win, but great to be nominated. Looking forward to moving and shaking with Jenny Eclair and sexual health’s finest.

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