08 August 2017

From breasts to beards – 10 things every woman should know about her health

On Women's Day we take a closer look at a number of important female health issues.


SEE: Breast cancer – a lump is not the only sign

Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont, a designer from the UK, has launched the campaign #KnowYourLemons, which aims to provide awareness about breast cancer. She knew she needed to find a "breast substitute" if she wanted to create illustrations pertaining to breasts because of the censorship that would limit the reach of the campaign. This is why she chose lemons.

Why some women grow a beard

For most women, some hair loss from the scalp, along with more body hair, are just regular signs of ageing. In some cases, though, these changes may stem from a little-known condition that sends testosterone levels soaring. 

Hormones tied to uterine fibroid risk

A new study suggests that high levels of the hormones testosterone and oestrogen in mid-life may boost a woman's risk of uterine fibroids (benign tumours in the uterus). 

Why I’d never ditch my bra

Underwear is one of the most important clothing items for women, and bras in particular make a woman feel feminine. We asked our users to share their bra stories and this is what they had to say...

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Screening tests for women

You have a vague idea of what you should be tested for and when, but when push comes to shove, your knowledge is a bit shaky. We give you the lowdown.

The truth about female ejaculation

There are many theories about whether or not female ejaculation occurs. Recent studies have shown that it does, and is completely natural. Read to find out more.

'I thought incontinence only affected old ladies until I got it!'

When it comes to incontinence, there are so many old wives' tales that it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. 20-year-old Lauren Schmidt (not her real name) from Fish Hoek, Cape Town thought that a weakened bladder was something that only affected old ladies... until she started experiencing leakages herself.

SEE: 12 Facts and stats on your vagina

About half of the world's population have a vagina, but unfortunately most of us don't know much about this organ. Here are some fun facts and statistics about the vagina.

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Women's 3 biggest body gripes and how to fix them

Whether it's cellulite that bothers you or a saggy bottom, try these tips to deal with your body gripe. Fitness and wellness expert David Kirsch, whose clients include Heidi Klum, Kerry Washington and Kate Upton, shows you how to banish those bothersome trouble spots – or at least make them look better.

Movies may help end female genital mutilation

Researchers frustrated by the deep communication gap between people trying to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and the societies that practise it, proposed a novel solution: film.

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