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Take part in a short survey about women's health for BMI Healthcare - £250 voucher to be won: NOW CLOSED

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Jun-13 10:07:52

We've been asked by BMI Healthcare to find out Mumsnetters opinons of women's health issues.

Here's what they say: "Women's gynaecological health can be complicated. The vast array of symptoms and conditions are not always easy to understand, nor are the treatment options easy to navigate or access. Often symptoms can point to a variety of different of conditions - and it's crucial women know what these are, what the serious signs are and what they can do about them. Gynaecological health isn't just about having children. It is important that women are armed with the correct information about their health - from puberty to menopause and all the different stages in between."

This survey is open to all female UK Mumsnetters aged 25-54 years. Please note, the results to the survey may be used in media activity, on the BMI Healthcare website and in social media, all data will be kept confidential.

If you'd like to take part in this survey please click here.

Everyone who completes the survey and adds their details at the end will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £250 Love2Shop voucher.

Thanks and good luck,


Done. I think "skip to question 8" should have been q9

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Jun-13 10:24:21

Thanks StealthPolarBear, I've changed this now

Forgetfulmog Fri 07-Jun-13 12:00:00


Steffanoid Fri 07-Jun-13 12:35:44

all done smile

CookieDoughKid Fri 07-Jun-13 12:57:52


rightsaidthread Fri 07-Jun-13 12:58:40

Done smile

Lomaamina Fri 07-Jun-13 13:00:00

Done. Note question 10 misspells 'symptom'


Glitterfairys Fri 07-Jun-13 13:47:07


fuzzpig Fri 07-Jun-13 14:39:41


acrabadabra Fri 07-Jun-13 14:48:17


Jammies Fri 07-Jun-13 15:34:43


Also done smile

They also misspelled gynaecologist, funnily enough grin


smilingthroughgrittedteeth Fri 07-Jun-13 18:42:06


Is it £200 or £250 for the prize as the survey says £200

LillethTheCat Fri 07-Jun-13 19:43:11


Indith Fri 07-Jun-13 19:44:36

I'd love to know the answers to the question about number of women experiencing problems.

Couple of things - if you tick 3 options on a 'choose 2' option, the error message is "You need to answer this question' which is confusing.

Also, at the bottom of the survey, it says £200 voucher, not £250.

AtYourCervix Fri 07-Jun-13 20:15:25


LackaDAISYcal Fri 07-Jun-13 20:56:05

I found one of the questions a bit bizarre in that the previous Q had asked where I had sought advice then the next Q asked what would prompt me to seek advice. Having already said that I had sought advice, why was I being asked what would prompt me? confused

But, done anyway!

COCKadoodledooo Sat 08-Jun-13 07:29:17

I can't do it. Survey won't load on my stoopid phone sad

HilaryM Sat 08-Jun-13 08:50:44

The NHS would be bankrupt in a week if every woman with a gynaecological problem saw a gynaecologist.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sat 08-Jun-13 09:50:42

I think gp's should have more training on gynae issues, I saw my old gp several times over the course of 7 years about my horrific periods and he repeatedly told me it was normal or to try the pill because it was just a hormone imbalance (every pill I tried made it worse)

It took moving house and a new gp who actually listened and said no that's not normal for me to start receiving treatment, yes I was referred to a gynecologist but if my first gp had been more knowledgeable then I could have been treated sooner instead of enduring 8 years of agony.

Yes I could have pushed for a gynecologist referral but he was my doctor and in every other way a good gp so I trusted him.

HilaryM Sat 08-Jun-13 12:41:36

The RCGP have been trying to extend training for years to fit in all the things that they need more training in, but extending training costs money which the NHS doesn't have at the moment.

LineRunner Sat 08-Jun-13 12:43:00

My GP tried to give me a gynae 'ring-back triage' over the phone even after I'd told him I was shopping in Asda at the time.


DressageCriminal Sat 08-Jun-13 13:08:37


Witchesbrewandbiscuits Sat 08-Jun-13 13:28:20


Lilliana Sat 08-Jun-13 14:53:37


JollyShortGiant Sat 08-Jun-13 16:18:38

It says £200 on the survey and £250 on this thread...

MiconiumHappens Sat 08-Jun-13 18:41:41


Nyx Sat 08-Jun-13 22:38:32

Done smile

elQuintoConyo Sun 09-Jun-13 13:05:43

Done, but as usual there's no 'other' option for those of us who live abroad. I ticked where my DM lives.

elQuintoConyo Sun 09-Jun-13 13:06:43

Oh crap, just re-read op. That'll learn me!
But I am British!

BurnThisDiscoDown Sun 09-Jun-13 18:02:20


smokinaces Sun 09-Jun-13 18:49:57

Found the survey a bit weird in some questions. I always thought pcos was lifelong so have not ever. It's a current condition not one I've sought help with in twelve months though.

Also it asks what you would do differently - but doesn't give you an option to tick you did that option yourself already

supafish Sun 09-Jun-13 20:22:07


SirBoobAlot Sun 09-Jun-13 21:16:57

I don't understand why you have to be over 25 for this. I have PCOS, suspected Endo, have had two gynea ops in the space of a year, and see my gynecologist so frequently, I might as well invite him to my freaking birthday parties.

LackaDAISYcal Sun 09-Jun-13 22:33:27

SirBoob, is it because smear tests aren't routinely done until over 25?

SirBoobAlot Sun 09-Jun-13 23:21:31

Possible. Seeing as I requested one post-birth and they refused to do one because I was ''too young'', and told me to come back at 25. At which point, DS will be seven... hmm

garlicgrump Mon 10-Jun-13 02:12:00

I'm too old sad Nobody wants you when you're over 54 [sob] Does this mean I'm not a woman anymore??

Line blush I think you should have taken the call!

StiffyByng Mon 10-Jun-13 09:30:49

Yes, the what would you do differently question gives you no opportunity to say whether you were happy with everything the first time. I had great treatment on the NHS and was happy with it all but there was no place to say that. hmm

meglet Mon 10-Jun-13 10:16:40


smokinaces Mon 10-Jun-13 11:54:45

Sirboob I am 30 and eleven /twelve years ago had a wonderful Gp who smear tested me early even then. They found abnormal cells, I had surgery and follow ups every six months for ten years. If my Gp hadn't pushed for that and my referal to a gynea when I was so young I dread to think what could have been.

Incidently same Gp referred me back to gynea when at 21 I had no periods for three months. Totally against guidelines (post pill) but meant I had my pcos diagnosed, my hcg and fertility treatment all done before 23. Friends stories are no where near as quick, often being told to wait two years for their periods to return.

I love my gp service.

Agree with Stiffybyng - I have had major gynae surgery in the last year on the NHS and the questions seem to assume you were unhappy with your experience. Also my condition wasn't listed in the original list, even though it is fairly common and I had to put it in under "other". I have ticked that I wouldn't do anything differently which makes it look as though I accepted that things weren't great, when in fact the reason I wouldn't do things differently is that I saw a sympathetic GP who referred my to a very good gynae consultant without delay and everything went very smoothly from there.

nextphase Mon 10-Jun-13 19:44:08

Typo in Q12 also - 70-8-%


COCKadoodledooo Tue 11-Jun-13 14:59:53

Done now. I had to tick 'never' for PCOS, endometriosis and polyps because they've never been diagnosed but the truth is I just don't know. My GP was so bloody useless last time I saw him I've been put off ever going again because they always seem so disinterested. It took so much courage for me to actually make/attend the appointment, and I left feeling they just didn't give a crap and it's not worth bothering with. Can't bring myself to do it again.

Done. Bit bemused that it didnt give the option that you were happy with the care you received, only what you would do differently next time?

whoknows beat me to it grin

I went to my GP while pregnant and said GP, I have a rectocele, she had a look and a poke and prod, and agreed. After pregnancy I went back, and she referred me straight over to gynae.

PS, I've been routinely smear tested in Wales since 18.

tgroom57 Tue 11-Jun-13 18:50:40

Done smile

CheeryCherry Tue 11-Jun-13 22:52:15

I entered this a few days ago, but didn't see the end of survey message. Please can you see if it was submitted? Thank you!

Beyond - rectocele here too grin.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 10:25:33

CheeryCherry we have your completed answers - thank you

karinmaria Wed 12-Jun-13 15:40:09

Done smile

GlitzPig Wed 12-Jun-13 21:26:19



What are they angling for? 'When should a woman see a specialist gynaecologist?' <<suspicious of profit led health care>>

manxmum13 Thu 13-Jun-13 00:29:21

will you post the results?

StiffyByng Thu 13-Jun-13 14:25:22

Add me to the rectocele list. Maybe it's too icky for BMI Healthcare?!

Well its already too icky to be something you are told about during pregnancy so why not?

StiffyByng Thu 13-Jun-13 15:01:05

True. I am currently fed up as in the year since I was diagnosed I have lost three stone and massively improved my pelvic floor strength, and the rectocele had gone from moderate/severe requiring surgery to mild/almost unnoticeable (according the physio). I was so looking forward to seeing the surgeon at my annual review as although very capable and eminent she was rather lacking in bedside manner and made it rather clear she felt I needed to lose a LOT of weight and have the op ASAP. But I've foolishly just had another baby and am now slightly back to where I was! Thinner but, um, prolapsier.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Jun-13 15:32:46

Thanks to everyone who completed the survey. The winner of the prize draw is....


Congratulations, I'll PM you for your details

Thanks Katie I have just seen your inbox message and have replied! I a ridiculously pleased grin flowers

LackaDAISYcal Thu 13-Jun-13 16:10:04

Well done to <the appropriately named> Goldenhandshake grin

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