Going for a smear test
3,100 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK every year even though the disease is largely preventable.Going for smear tests allows GPs to detect if a woman has pre-cancerous changes in her cervix and, therefore, decreases the chance of it progressing. But one in four women in the UK don't attend their smear tests. However embarrassed you might feel about baring all in front of the nurse just remember that they've seen it all before, nothing will shock them and that a flush in the cheeks is tolerable if it can help save your life.
Going for a mammogram
Again, when it comes to the female form being on display in front of medical professionals, there really is nothing to be embarrassed about. Especially when, by having a mammogram, you are taking steps to make sure you are healthy. If the scan does show something unexpected, the earlier it's found the better, so never put it off.
According to research from TENA Lady, up to half of women experience bladder weakness at some point. That sounds quite common, doesn't it? So there's no need to feel embarrassed about the experience and there are plenty of steps that you can take to stop it impacting your life.TENA Lady's range of protection can provide that layer of support that lets you be you and get on with your day without a worry about leaks.
What a woman finds appealing, pleasurable and interesting when it comes to sex can change regularly throughout her life in line with her physical and emotional wellbeing. If you encounter a physical change that's affecting your sex life, including dryness, pain or itching, you should never feel embarrassed to consult your GP who might be able to easily solve your issue. The same applies to any emotional changes like nervousness or feeling detached. Remember that sex is one of the most natural things we can do.
Although rashes, sweat, moles and redness may not be a particularly glamorous topic, it is always worth consulting your GP if you notice a change in your skin as this could indicate an underlying issue.
Periods and menopause
Even though every single woman (that's 50% of our population) experiences periods and, eventually, the menopause, it's strangely still a topic we shy away from. But, if you were experiencing extreme pain or losing blood from another area every month, you would definitely ask your GP about it. Changes and problems with your period and coping with the symptoms of the menopause are never things we should feel embarrassed about.
Here it is, another natural bodily function that we tend not to discuss unless we absolutely have to – but even the smallest changes in your toilet habits can indicate an underlying problem. Whether it's diarrhea, constipation or a urinary tract infection, you should never be afraid to seek advice.
Often scarier because there might not be an obvious, physical trigger, mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or depression should be treated in the same way as if you had flu.If you notice a change, take steps to seek help and, hopefully, feel a lot better.