Get Lippy because 1/4 of us have felt not listened to in a gynae health appointment

Get Lippy is BACK! We’re here to break down the taboos surrounding gynae health and provide expert advice and information to help people get the support they need, as soon as they need it. Our Comms Officer, Lydia, blogs about Get Lippy 2021!

Our independent research, carried out with YouGov, found that women, trans men and non-binary people with gynae organs are five times more likely to feel not listened to when seeking medical help for their reproductive health – FIVE TIMES! 20% felt like they had raised a trivial issue during an appointment, and 23% were disappointed in how their concern was handled.

Considering we also found that nearly ¾ of the people we surveyed have had an appointment with a doctor about their gynae health, that is A LOT of people feeling like they weren’t listened to when discussing their health. And importantly, there have been many missed opportunities to ask questions, get checked and feel empowered to look after gynae health.

This needs to change!

For too long the gynaecological cancers and their symptoms have been dismissed as ‘women’s problems’, have been brushed off, hushed and silenced. Gynaecological cancers are EVERYONES issue, whether you can be affected directly, or you love someone who can – we need everyone to be involved in the conversation.

The Get Lippy campaign is here to do exactly what it says on the tin: to Get Lippy- by being outspoken and break the culture of shame around gynae cancers. To Get Lippy by sharing accurate health information and advice – head to our social channels and website, find out more about how you can get to know your body, look after your health and share this information with your friends and family. And we need your help to Get Lippy and spread the message!

To help support better conversations between healthcare professionals and patients on gynae issues, we have developed a set of tips to help people feel prepared. Our top tips – developed with medical experts and patients – include keeping a symptoms diary, bringing information on your periods and medications, knowing the correct language for your anatomy, and doing what you can to feel comfortable.

Our tips are here to help you help your doctor get the diagnosis and treatment you need as quickly as possible.

We have also developed a set of tips for healthcare professionals to best support their patients who may experience additional barriers when they are in a gynae appointment, such as being a survivor or sexual trauma, having vaginal atrophy, or being trans. We know that some people can find gynae examinations uncomfortable, stressful, and even traumatic, and everyone deserves the support and advice they need to access medical support and look after their health- so our tips can help you help them.

Join us this May, Get Lippy and get loud about gynaecological cancers by buying a Get Lippy participating product and spreading our health information. Follow us @eveappeal across all our channels and use #GetLippy. Each product sold will donate at least 10% of its sale to The Eve Appeal during May.