Conversation Starters

This May we want you to join us and Get Lippy and loud about gynaecological cancers, not just for you and your health, but for the ones you love. 45% of you believe it is important to share gynae health information with friends and family. When it comes to health, knowledge is power, so to help you open up those potentially life-saving conversations with the important people in your life we have created a list of conversation starters. So take a look, Get Lippy and help share the love.

  1. When did you first learn about periods and how? Was this before you started your own period, and how long before?  
  2. What’s your ‘first period’ story?’ 
  3. What did your parent(s)/carer(s) refer to the vulva as and from what age? 
  4. Can you remember when you first learned that the vulva is called the vulva and was it talked about as though it was rude to mention? 
  5. Did you have sex education at school that included health and gynaecological issues? 
  6. When did your sex education at school start and was everyone included?  
  7. Do you have any sex education stories? 
  8. Do you know how many gynaecological cancers there are and can you name them? 
  9. Would you feel confident labelling a diagram of the gynae anatomy? 
  10. Have you had a cervical screening test before? How did you find it? 
  11. What was something you thought was true when you were younger, that you have now found out is a myth, when it comes to gynae health? 
  12. Do you know how many of the gynae cancers are linked to inherited genetic conditions? (run in the family)  
  13. Do you know what cervical screening checks for? Do you still call it a smear test and did you think this was something different? 
  14. Were you told about the importance of checking your breasts/chest for lumps? Were you also told the importance of checking your genitals?  
  15. What would you do if you had some vaginal bleeding outside of your monthly menstrual cycle (if you do have regular periods)? 
  16. What do you know about HPV and the cancers it is associated with?  
  17. Who do you think is at risk of HPV infection? 
  18. Do you think there is a stigma attached to having a gynae health problem?  
  19. What’s one bit of gynae information that you wish you had known when you were growing up?  
  20. What’s the advice or information that you would like to share with friends about gynae health?