Bodycare • 15 October 2019
This week marks Sexual Health Awareness week. In homage to a week dedicated to lifting the lid on taboo health issues, we wanted to discuss subjects that have previously been seen as ‘embarrassing’ or ‘taboo’.
Despite us being the most liberal generation yet, new research has shown that a shocking 64% of us are uncomfortable talking about pelvic floor health among friends.
And 32% of women are too embarrassed to even mention it to a GP.
With the female health category becoming increasingly bigger and devices to treat your lady problems becoming ever more accessible, we thought it was the perfect time to discuss female intimate health in all its glory.
Tania explains: “Like lots of women, I found that becoming a mother was a real shock to the system and I hadn’t realized how much change your body goes through.”
“My husband is French and I discovered that it’s normal for French women to attend pelvic floor rehabilitation classes after birth to help their bodies re-strengthen. Nothing like this existed in other countries, which is crazy when one in three women experience pelvic floor problems, like lower back pain, bladder control issues and organ prolapse.”
I found that becoming a mother was a real shock to the system and I hadn’t realized how much change your body goes through.
Surprisingly, new research commissioned by Elvie has shown that it’s not just pelvic floor issues that women are still too embarrassed to talk about.
From breastfeeding to birth control, the research shows that we’re not only too shy to talk to our girlfriends but we’re also too embarrassed to talk to our doctors about our intimate issues.
The OnePoll survey of 2,000 UK women, showed that more than three-quarters of women (78%) are not comfortable talking about their sexual health among friends and a third (33%) won’t talk to their GP about it.
1 in 4 women (25%) are uncomfortable discussing smears with their GP and more than half (56%) are too embarrassed to discuss with friends.
64% of women are uncomfortable talking about pelvic floor health among friends and 32% of women are too embarrassed to mention it to a GP.
41% are too embarrassed to speak to a GP about incontinence it, and just 17% would feel comfortable talking to a friend about the common health issue.
More than half (52%) of women are uncomfortable discussing the topic among friends and more than a third (36%) aren’t comfortable talking to their GP about it.
At CurrentBody, we want to follow in Tania’s lead and change the stigma surrounding women’s intimate health and create a place where you can comfortably talk to us about any issues that we may be able to help you with.
If you think that any of our female health devices or products can help you, don’t be afraid to get in touch with our product expert Heather Talbot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because at the end of the day, we're all human right?