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We’re talking fibroids and cervical screening with our very own Decolonising Contraception member Isha Webber (she/her). Isha became interested in sexual and reproductive health outcomes after her experiences with contraception in her early 20s and tells us about her abnormal cervical screening test results, her experience having a fibroid removed and advocating for her health and wellbeing.

Hosts: Dr Annabel Sowemimo and Edem Ntumy Editor: Veronique Belinga

Project Manager: Naz Toorabally

News story references

https://menstrubation.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/Menstrubation_Results_W omanizer_EN_UK.pdf


“We joke about our steely, resolute, no-nonsense African-Caribbean mothers, aunts or grandmothers. Naturally the media has taken those anecdotes, stories and images and then portrayed us as such in movies and TV shows over the decades. Yes, that’s a positive role model, but the problem is, this has been the dominant, steadfast image of black woman. That image sticks. We begin to believe it and wear a mask, feeling under pressure to live up to that trope. So when things get us down, we try to brush things off, while all the time groaning under the weight of the burden.” – Marverine Cole, television and broadcaster

Other links:

Share your feedback with us: https://k6h3dy9xmnz.typeform.com/to/tLIrn4GN

Cervical screening: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/why-its-important/

Colposcopy: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/colposcopy/

Fibroids: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fibroids/

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): https://www.nice.org.uk/

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