We need to talk about female sexual health
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We could soon be seeing a 'Vagina Museum' in Camden Market, and it's already sparked a conversation about female anatomy. Finally, at a time where the number of women seeking cervical screening tests has hit a 20-year low, it’s become apparent that our inability to discuss gynaecological anatomy is actually putting us in danger. Knowing our bodies, and being willing to discuss them openly could actually save lives. Enter, Florence Schechter and her Vagina Museum. Cervical cancer is one of the ten most preventable types of cancer in the UK. NHS data tells us that with the appropriate vaccines, regularly scheduled cervical screening, and knowledge of the earliest signs and symptoms, thousands of cases of cervical cancer could be avoided each year.
a space entirely dedicated to the female anatomy. She is currently heading up a crowd-funding campaign in order to raise enough funds to house the museum permanently in London’s Camden Market.
Image Credit: LJNovaScotia on Pixabay.Despite this, however, the number of women who regularly attend cervical checks, or “smears”, has hit a 20-year low, and a study conducted by Eve Appeal found that less than a quarter of women surveyed said they felt confident that they were well informed about gynaecological health issues. With thousands of cervical cancer diagnoses still being recorded each year, it has never been more clear that, as a society, we need to talk about female sexual health. One woman on a mission to do exactly that is science communicator Florence Schechter. Florence is the founder of the brand-new, first-of-its-kind Vagina Museum;
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