More than 50,000 cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the UK in 2013, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, with liposuction recording a 41% rise. Breast augmentation (enlarging the breasts or ‘boob job’) remains the most popular procedure.
This demonstrates that, as women, we care a great deal about our external appearance. This is important and there is good evidence that looking good boosts confidence and a sense of wellbeing.
However, there is also good evidence that you are likely to look younger, live longer and stay beautiful on the outside if you take care of your health from within. Women in the UK are sadly poorly informed about gynaecological issues and feel inhibited talking about the genital tract, according to a survey by the Eve Appeal Cancer Charity. September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month. Take this opportunity to make new resolutions about your health.
Three Top Tips for good Gynaecological Health:
1. Maintain a healthy body weight – being obese significantly increases the risk of endometrial cancer.
Easier said than done you may think. We all live busy lives but little changes can go a long way. Try this;
a. Walk up and down the escalator instead of standing stock still – you get there quicker and have a short work out.
b. Walk to the next bus stop
c. Craving a sweet snack? Get a small pack of pre-packed grapes instead of a chocolate bar.
d. We sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. If you think you are hungry, try having a glass of water and see if this takes the edge off.
e. Eat regular meals and include fruit and vegetables.
2. Do not smoke – smoking increases the risk of cervical and vulval cancer as well as ruining your skin and your teeth. I understand it is not easy to stop smoking but most GP surgeries can offer help. In addition, I have heard of success stories with acupuncture and other alternative therapies. The safety of electronic cigarettes is not fully established so it is better not to smoke at all.
3. Go for regular cervical screening (smear tests) – smears protect you against cervical cancer and women who have regular smears are unlikely to develop cancer. It is inconvenient, I know, but make time for it – it could save your life