women's health

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Petition to The Right Hon Matt Hancock, MP

End barbaric NHS hysteroscopies with inadequate pain-relief

The Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy has amassed hundreds of stories of severely painful NHS outpatient hysteroscopies performed with no or inadequate pain-relief on women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Many patients have gone on to suffer PTSD. None have been warned of the <25% risk of severe pain reported in recent NHS audits. The words our campaign hears over and over are ‘barbaric’, ‘medieval’, ‘torture’ and ‘violated’.  Many women weep, faint or vomit. They are wrongly led to believe that they are unusual or making a fuss.  Most are too embarrassed to complain. Their experience is often recorded in the letter to the GP as ‘tolerated the procedure well’. Hysteroscopy is the examination of the womb by a miniature camera at the end of a very thin, rigid metal tube.  The hysteroscope is passed through the vagina and cervix into the womb, which is kept pumped open with water. Miniature surgical instruments are passed through the tube to take a biopsy and, if necessary, to remove polyps or small fibroids.    NHS hysteroscopy/biopsy of the womb is usually performed in outpatients with the patient awake.  It is sold to women as usually causing only ‘mild discomfort’.         Unlike NHS colonoscopy and gastroscopy, patients undergoing hysteroscopy are not offered safely monitored conscious sedation. Local anaesthetic is seldom used since an injection into the cervix can cause fainting.  Women with a closed or narrowed cervix (i.e. postmenopausal or not having gone through vaginal childbirth) are not warned that dilating the cervix can be excruciatingly painful.      Patients are instructed to take over-the-counter paracetamol/ibuprofen upfront. Stronger painkillers are not recommended and seldom given. There is no separate appointment for pre-operative assessment.  A nurse provides vocal distraction (in the form of hairdresser chit-chat) and maybe a ‘stress ball’.  Some patients, having taken just a paracetamol, are subjected to electro-surgical removal of polyps or small fibroids.      To protect our grandmothers, mothers and daughters from unnecessary pain and trauma, We ask the Secretary of State for Health to change the barbaric manner in which many NHS hysteroscopies are currently performed.  Specifically, to ensure that:   1.     All NHS hysteroscopists have advanced training in pain medicine.   2.     All hysteroscopy patients receive full written information before the procedure, listing the risks and benefits and explaining that local anaesthetic may be painful and ineffective against the severe pain of cervical dilation, womb distension and biopsy. 3.     All hysteroscopy services are adequately funded so that BEFORE their procedures patients may choose no anaesthesia/ local anaesthesia/ safely monitored conscious sedation/ epidural/ general anaesthetic. 4.     The Best Practice Tariff financial incentive, which rewards NHS Trusts who perform a high percentage of hysteroscopies in outpatients without a trained anaesthetist, is abolished.    

Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy
46,636 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Philip Hammond MP, Theresa May MP

Stop taxing periods. Period. #EndTamponTax

The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016. WE WON! By March we made history when Parliament accepted a tampon-tax-ending amendment proposed by the amazing Paula Sherriff MP. Following Brexit complications, this amendment will be implemented by 2022 at the very latest. That sucks. But we're on it! We've launched a new project called 'Period Watch' to keep an eye on the Government and SMASH the period taboo in the meantime! Our new petition can also be signed here to help reduce this deadline date. Period! We need to make sure we no longer tax period products on luxurious, “non-essential” grounds, but not helicopters, the maintenance of our private jets, or crocodile steaks. Even President Obama has coined the tax 'shocking' and 'unfair'. If you value the functioning of those who menstruate at least as much as you enjoy your flying crocodile Fridays then sign our petition and join our campaign. Help to put an end to the marginalisation of issues traditionally associated with women by demanding a zero tax rate for sanitary products. Periods are no luxury. You can ‘opt-in’ to extravagance. You cannot choose to menstruate. Despite this, a whole heap of disadvantages have been created for those who do. Not using sanitary products can lead to health risks, jeopardise maintaining a normal, professional or personal life, and result in public ridicule. Equally, by using sanitary products, our Government capitalises on misogynist discourse and period shame that has caused us to fear our own menstrual cycles. It’s a double-edged sword that cuts women on both sides. Tax allocations should expose the needs of society as a whole, and the needs of those who menstruate as well as those who don’t. Because we care about these people, this campaign was made in support of tax allocations representing them and reflecting something that is vital. Philip Hammond, sanitary products should join your list of essential, tax exempt products, which include “helicopters” (and “aircraft repair and maintenance”), “alcoholic jellies” and “exotic meats including crocodile and kangaroo”. While we can live without flying our own private helicopters, we cannot live without the public participation of those who menstruate, which is dependent upon the accessibility of sanitary products. We hope you support and join our campaign! Laura Find us on Facebook or Twitter for more information. We would love to hear form you. #EndTamponTax Sister petitions:Axe #TamponTax before 2022!End Period PovertyDrop Period Prices Stop taxing periods around the world, and join our sister campaigns!Active campaigns:Australia: shelters: http://thehomelessperiod.comItaly: Africa: States of America: World: SUCCESSFUL campaigns:Canada: News Coverage:The BBC: News: Guardian: Independent: Telegraph: and and The NewStatesman: Marie Claire Magazine: May issue 2015 and Magazine: and Confused: Post: The Fabian Society: Daily Mash: and and Mirror: Metro: Female Lead: Politics Home: Housekeeping: Women's Views on News: Women's Voice: projects: Extra information:After the UK joined the Common Market in 1973, a 17.5% sanitary tax was introduced. It was justified when Parliament classified sanitary products as “non-essential, luxury” items. After years of hard work, in 2000 Labour MP Dawn Primarolo (who we are working closely with on this campaign) announced that during the following year sanitary tax would be reduced to 5%. She explained the reduction was “about fairness, and doing what we can to lower the cost of a necessity”. EU law has prevented sanitary products from escaping tax entirely. Following the Union’s decision to standardise tax across the continent, no separate member state can revise VAT allocations without the EU’s permission. For this reason, hopefully with the backing of Westminster, we hope to convince the European Parliament that this is an important issue worth revising, too.

Laura Coryton
320,089 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Health Minister, Simon Harris.

Stop Outsourcing Our Smear Tests!

A greedy, ideological decision 10 years ago by Mary Harney - Health Minister of a Fine Fáil / Green Party coalition has now killed 18 women in Ireland.  Over 200 women's lives are in serious jeopardy, due to misdiagnosis, and this number is set to increase. This fatal decision, was the outsourcing of women's smear tests to US laboratories, which have  lower detection rates than Irish laboratories. The US lab, Quest, for example records up to a third lower detection rates! Medical experts warned that this practise would have catastrophic results, but were ignored. The private US labs test the smears cheaply, and thus this was deemed more important that accurate results. Subsequent Governments, including the current Fine Gael led Government continue to sell women's smear tests to the highest bidder. Private companies whose priorities are to make profit. They have NO interest in women's health, and naturally cut corners as a result. Privatisation is creating dangerous conditions for women's health in Ireland and is bad medical practise. Health Minister, Simon Harris TD, the HSE and CervicalCheck continue to sell our smear tests to private laboratories abroad. This shows an utter disregard for women's health. Please sign this petition to demand smear tests be tested by publicly funded Irish laboratories attached to Irish hospitals immediately. Stop selling our smears!  

Seónaidh Ní Shíomóin
3,340 supporters