Libido! Vagina! Sex! Menopause! Women!

Libido! Vagina! Sex! Menopause! Women!

Yes, you can say those words out loud and nothing bad will happen! So why the big commotion over these words?

Well read on..

Recently, Facebook blocked an advert for a Menopause Support Workshop. Why? Because they took issue with the word “Libido” and categorised the workshop as an “adult product” – strangely the word wasn’t used in the ad itself.

The workshop was a bid to help women with their hormones changes and provide them with an understanding of what is happening to their bodies during this time. Menopause affects over 50% of the popular and their family members. The word libido itself is a medical term. Facebooks move to ban this advert doesn’t come as a surprise they also ban pictures of women breast feeding, interestingly; you are still able to view breasts in different contexts on the social media site.

This is turn confirms the ideology that women’s health and body shaming is still rife. The refusal and lack of usage of the correct names of medical conditions and basic anatomy only address to the gender inequalities, women all face today. It perpetuates body shaming, by diminishing the seriousness of the issue. These words is not obscene and should be used openly.

The rules on sex, relationships and intimate health have changed, and so have the rules for talking about it. We need to become more open, less guilty and take advantage of strong friends to open up these channels of communication.

How about instead of remaining quiet and allowing intimate health to continue to be “locker room talk” – let’s open the doors to have an open discussion.

The National Institution for Clinical excellence state 1 in 2 women will suffer with a reproductive health issue in their lifetime. Clearly, women will have to discuss this issue with someone at some point. Why stigmatise the subject area?

Genuine intimate / reproductive health rights and knowledge will only be achieved when society ensures that young girls and women have access to all information and basic services. It will only be achieved when there is true understanding of its link to mental heath. It will only be achieved when women can make decision about reproductive health with this knowledge and support. It will only be achieved when the double stands of giants like Facebook accept that the condition as normal and openly declare their support of the same. These are all areas of legitimate discussion.

So, do you want to be part of #ReproductiveRevolution and join our #Cysterhood !

Join us as we plan to bring the changes needed to bring gender equality and reproductive health to the forefront

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Don’t forget what ever health issue you are going through you are beautiful and still a woman

Love your Cyster, Neelam xx