My life as a GP:
In my day job as a GP I see treat women from all different backgrounds. We have quite honest, open discussions about women’s health all the time. Bleeding, vaginas, and the many issues that women face are something that I deal with a lot. So for me it’s certainly not embarrassing.
The least embarrassing topics are easier to discuss:
We can easily entertain a conversation about food, lifestyle, exercise and sleep hygiene, much easier than we talk about menstrual issues and women’s health in general. It’s a good way in.
Talking to your GP:
What I’d like to do is open up the dialogue and prove to a lot of people that we deal with this on a daily basis and it shouldn’t be something that we should shy from.
We should always use the right terminology. We need to call a vagina a vagina for example and discuss bleeding and menstrual cycles. We need to be more open. It helps us detect changes early on.
Why I am supporting I Am Adam:
I think it’s important for men to join this discussion. It feeds into changing attitudes around women’s health. If everyone is involved in that dialogue it will become normal to talk about sanitary products, vaginas, bleeding etc.
I think education is vital as well. During sex education boys need to learn what happens to a woman so it feeds into that understanding.
I’m supporting the I am Adam project because I think it’s very important for men to be involved in this conversation as well. We don’t need to be embarrassed.