From adolescence and the start of periods, to pregnancy, childbirth, and the menopause – our bodies change immensely over time. To remain well and healthy for as long as possible, it is important to know our bodies intimately as well as understanding when something may be wrong. To do this, we must be aware of what may be a sign of a problem and when to see a doctor if we have any concerns. Education is key not only for ourselves, but also for those around us, so that we are able to live out our best, healthy lives.
Due to many and complex reasons, black women can sometimes experience worse health outcomes when compared to other women, so it is vital that we understand what is normal and what is not. But as a starting point there are five vital things that all black women should know about their gynaecological health.
Irregular bleeding is normally not due to something serious but can be a sign of a more significant problem
Irregular bleeding is any bleeding that is after sex, after the menopause, in between periods, much heavier than your normal or anything else that is a change from your normal. Whilst irregular bleeding for the most part is a sign of something benign, it could be an indication of a more serious problem such as three out of the five gynaecological cancers (womb, cervical or vaginal cancer).