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Can Harmony/NIPT screening be performed in Twin Pregnancies?

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The answer is Yes!

 Ladies with a viable twin pregnancy can also have Harmony screening performed to assess for the risk of Downs, Edwards and Patau Syndromes,  with greater accuracy than standard screening tests. This applies to both natural conception and IVF pregnancies and can be performed from as early as 10 weeks gestation. 

Fetal gender can also be determined for twin pregnancies, with results being given as ‘ two girls ‘ or ‘ at least one boy’. ( It is not possible to determine if there are two boys as it only looks to see if the Y chromosome is present. ) 

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Menopause Isn’t Just A Woman’s Problem: Let’s Talk About LGBTQ+ Health

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Menopause poses multiple problems and concerns for billions of people over the world. It is important that we talk about LGBTQ+ health in relation to menopause and other issues. Being Pride Month, we couldn’t think of a better time to re-spark a true, open conversation. 

Our experts have been discussing the struggles that transgender men and non-binary people may face when going through menopause, as well as some of the symptoms and issues they may encounter that differ from those of cis women. It may not seem obvious to many others, but as well as the usual medical symptoms, they are at risk of additional stress and risks associated with menopause.

In light of Pride month, we will also be outlining why people in the LGBTQ+ community may be at risk of different health problems throughout life, and why many struggle to seek or receive proper help for even the most common of issues.


It’s really not just a woman’s problem.

Cisgender (or cis for short) people are those who identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, people who were born female and still identify as female would be known as cisgender women.

LGBTQ Health

Transgender (or trans) people are individuals whose gender identity doesn’t match that of which they were assigned at birth.

Non-binary people are individuals who do not identify as solely male or female and use pronouns other than he/him or she/her. Most commonly they will identify as they/them as they fall outside of the gender binary.

With this in mind, we need to realise that cis women aren’t the only ones who suffer from menopause-related symptoms and issues. Transgender men (who have not fully transitioned) and non-binary individuals will also go through menopause, though it is often overlooked. People producing estrogen and progesterone will start to produce less and less as they get older which is the typical catalyst for menopause.

Also, if a transgender person decides to go through a transition with prescribed testosterone hormones late in life – they may already be of an age where their bodies are naturally going through menopause.

Similarly, for transgender men who do not use hormone therapy at all, their bodies will still be producing the reproductive hormones that trigger menopause in the same way as a typical cis woman.

This can be a difficult time as people will be going through both the usual menopause symptoms as well as any gender dysphoria they may experience at the same time.

Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or distress that might be caused by a mismatch between a person’s biological sex and gender identity.

For some people, this can be a very minor issue. However, for many, it can have a major impact on their day-to-day lives leading to depression, body dysmorphia and other mental health issues.

With these concerns in mind, different people in the LGBTQ+ community may feel especially uncomfortable with changes to their bodies during menopause, such as weight gain, loss of muscle mass and bone density, hot flushes and night sweats.

Has The Health Industry Caught Up?

The experts are definitely doing more than in previous years. However, many health professionals are still not quite there, unfortunately. The entire health industry still has a long way to go before it can provide adequate care for LGBTQ+ people as a whole.

One of the main issues is that transgender and non-binary people are often misgendered by healthcare professionals. This can be extremely distressing and make it difficult for them to seek help or feel comfortable discussing personal matters with doctors.

There is also a lack of LGBTQ+ inclusive educational materials on menopause and related health problems. This leaves many people feeling lost and without any guidance on how to deal with their symptoms alongside any other related concerns.

What Can Be Done To Help?

There are some steps that both individuals and the medical industry can take to make things better for people going through menopause.

On an individual level, it’s important to be respectful and mindful of everyone’s pronouns and gender identity. If you’re not sure what someone’s pronouns are, just ask! It shows that you care about being inclusive and want to make sure everyone feels comfortable.

If you are someone experiencing menopausal symptoms, don’t suffer in silence! Talk to your doctor about what you’re going through and see what options are available to you. There is no shame in seeking help and you deserve to feel supported during this time.

LGBTQ+ Health & Wellbeing

LGBTQ Health

LGBTQ+ people experience a number of health disparities. They’re at higher risk of certain conditions and are known to have disproportionate access to primary healthcare. This is seen in areas of mental health, physical health, and access to care.

LGBTQ+ people often face higher rates of stress, anxiety, and depression. This can be due to minority stress, which is the result of experiencing prejudice and discrimination. Individuals may also face rejection from family and friends, making it difficult to find a support system.

This lack of social support can lead to risky behaviours, such as using drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms. These substances can then lead to other health problems down the road.

Young people in the community are, heartbreakingly, especially at risk for obesity, eating disorders, and suicide.

Access To care

Facing the discrimination many know all too well, can also increase the risk of unfair treatment and poor quality care. While we know a huge percentage of the medical industry has made leaps and bounds in this area, those who identify as LGBTQ+ are less likely to:

  • Have health insurance
  • Receive timely care
  • Receive correct and relevant treatments
  • Understand health disparities that relate to them

This means LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to forego care altogether. This can result in a number of serious health problems, some of which may be life-threatening.

While some may be able to undergo transitions and seek treatment for serious mental health or physical illnesses – there is still a way to go to make health care accessible for all. 

Reproductive Health

While couples that share the same reproductive organs do not need contraception to prevent pregnancy (although contraception is always advised to prevent sexually transmitted diseases), there is still a large proportion of the LGBTQ+ community who want to get pregnant or start a family.

LGBTQ+ people often face unique challenges when trying to conceive. For example, female same-sex couples will need to use donor sperm, which can be found via sperm banks or known sperm donors (such as family members or friends). 

Transgender men who haven’t fully transitioned and want to carry their own child will also need to seek fertility treatment options if single or in a relationship with a cis-woman or person with female genitalia. 

Despite the challenges, there are a number of resources available for LGBTQ+ people who want to have children. Fertility clinics are LGBTQ+ – inclusive and welcoming (just like ours)!

At The Surrey Park Clinic, we have helped many same-sex couples become proud parents. It is truly a privilege to help create families and we always ensure both partners feel fully involved in the process right from the start. There are various options to consider when starting the fertility process.

  • Sperm Donors
  • Intra-Uterine Injections (IUI)
  • In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
  • Shared Motherhood

If you’d like a consultation or more information on any of these options, get in touch with our team or visit our dedicated page.

Working Towards A Solution

There’s no denying that the LGBTQ+ community has been, and continues to be, dealt some pretty tough cards when it comes to their health and wellbeing.

But we also know that things are slowly but surely getting better. With more open discussions around LGBTQ+ issues and an increasing number of inclusive policies being put in place, hopefully, we’ll see even more progress in the years to come. In the meantime, let’s all do our part to support our LGBTQ+ family and friends by continuing the conversation and standing up against discrimination.

We are proud to have built The Surrey Park Clinic into a welcoming and inclusive care facility. That is why we advocate for better communication between professionals and patients, allowing people to receive the care they truly need.

Being open and honest is one way people worried about LGBTQ+ health, can help experts deliver a higher standard of care.

Amongst this, we will also be focussing on the continued education of these issues and reaching out to anyone who may be in need of our services. So please, do not hesitate to get in touch for a chat or more information about anything you have read here today.

The Surrey Park Clinic Donating To Sands – Helping Grieving Families

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This June, The Surrey Park Clinic is donating 5% of all revenue from pregnancy scans booked at the clinic to Sands, a charity that helps grieving families following the death of a baby. This is part of our ongoing commitment to support local communities and families on their journey to parenthood.

Sands provides vital support services to parents and families who have lost a baby through stillbirth or neonatal death. Their work is essential in helping these families rebuild their lives and come to terms with their loss. We are proud to be supporting them this year, and we hope that our donation will help them continue their important work.

Our team has the pleasure of being part of the entire journey for many women every year as they begin to start or grow their families. From fertility to pregnancy, recovery and beyond, we see the toll it can take on people’s mental and physical health. 

If someone loses a baby, they can experience an incredibly isolating and life-changing period of grief. No matter the journey they went through to conceive, this is a  pain that no parent should have to suffer through alone. This is why we feel it’s so important to support Sands, and other organisations like them, who provide invaluable support to families in their darkest hours.


Neonatal Death

Even from the start of family planning, many couples go through tough times and difficult decisions.

Fertility services make up a really important part of what we do at The Surrey Park Clinic. From the very first consultation to discuss options through to rehabilitation after pregnancy, we understand that trying for a baby is not always easy. It’s a process that can be full of hope and excitement, but also worry and anxiety.

The Surrey Park Clinic has a dedicated team of Consultant Gynaecologists, who specialise in Fertility. There has been shown to be an identifiable reason for 80% of infertility cases, with 30% of cases being attributed to female factors, 30% to male factors, 20% to a combination of male and female factors leaving only 20% unexplained. 

To combat this we can run hormone and reproductive immunology tests, semen analysis, hycosy and more. Following an initial consultation, if deemed relevant, you (and your partner) will likely undergo tests and investigations to determine any root causes of infertility. 

Our diagnostic infertility tests help couples who are having problems conceiving. Understanding what is hindering your fertility will enable your consultant to recommend the most successful course of action. This means we can begin to undergo your journey. 

We know that for many couples, fertility treatment is their last hope of having a baby. And while we are lucky to have seen beautiful success stories time after time, there are going to be cases in which it may not turn out as people may have hoped. If this happens, it’s important to have support available to get through it. 

It’s charities like Sands that people rely on to get all of the information, advice and comfort they need. 

More Information

If you too have been touched by the work SANDS are doing and would like to know more, please visit their website for more information.

Similarly, if you’d like to find out how you can donate through the services here at The Surrey Park Clinic or would like to book in for a scan, get in touch today. 

Thank you for working with us and we hope to hear from you soon.

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Why We Need To Break The Stigma Around Counselling & Therapy

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Mental health has often been viewed as a taboo topic, and many people feel uncomfortable discussing it. This is especially true when it comes to counselling and therapy. There are many misconceptions about these services, and people often think that they are only for “crazy” people. This could not be further from the truth!

In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of mental health support, and why we need to break the stigma around counselling and therapy.

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First up, Mental Health is really important.

Mental health is an important part of our overall well-being.

Just like physical health, it is something that we should all take care of.

Unfortunately, mental health is often seen as a taboo topic, and many people feel uncomfortable discussing it. This is especially true when it comes to counselling and therapy.

Counselling and therapy can be extremely beneficial for everyone, not just those with mental illness. These services can help us to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and much more. Counselling and therapy provide us with a safe space to explore our thoughts and feelings, and to work through our problems. They can also help us to develop healthy coping mechanisms, and to learn more about ourselves.

Breaking the stigma around counselling and therapy is important. By doing so, we can encourage more people to seek out these services, and to take care of their mental health. We need to normalise the idea of seeking professional help, and make it clear that there is nothing wrong with doing so. Counselling and therapy are vital tools that can help us to live happier, healthier lives.

Why do we feel so judged?

Therapists are human beings, too. It is natural for us to feel apprehensive about being observed and judged during therapy sessions. Feeling vulnerable may bring with it a slew of other emotions, including the sensation of being condemned for exposing ourselves. This is why many of us may avoid confessing to loved ones and friends that we’re going to therapy because we believe they’ll see it as a sign of weakness or that we’re being evaluated or don’t want to be seen as weak.

In actuality, we are the ones who are often in denial about our strengths because we have reached out for assistance and going to therapy is generating a more positive and healthy mentality for ourselves.

It may be helpful to increase our openness and honesty about seeking therapy and feel more confident in telling others and how it’s assisting us. It may be possible to reduce the stigma if we were more open and honest about going to therapy, felt braver in telling others, and how it helps us. It can definitely be difficult to feel at ease discussing psychotherapy with those around you because of the stigma. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who could benefit from therapy but don’t seek it out due to prejudice.

Here are 3 ways to help fight the mental health stigma

1. Don’t buy into the stigma.

You may feel that mental illness is a sign of weakness and that you or the individual dealing with it should be able to manage it on your own. You or others might treat themselves or one another harshly as a result of these ideas. Education, compassion, being caring to oneself and others, and finding support from people who suffer from mental illnesses can all aid in increasing positive self-esteem, perspective, and overcoming harsh judgment.

2. Choose empowerment over shame.

If you’re having trouble, accept your story and don’t let others persuade you otherwise. Encourage those seeking assistance and support by being encouraging. Be truthful with people around you. Let them see the real you by sharing your strengths, abilities, and objectives. Encourage those who are struggling to do so as well. Remember that how you behave and treat others may have an impact on others’ opinions of you and mental illness in general. In this process, be nice to yourself as well as others. Acceptance is a tough road that takes time to travel.

3. Actively speak up against mental health stigma.

Whether you’re speaking with a group of pals or in front of a large audience, exude confidence and assertiveness while expressing your views. To aid in the advancement of mental health awareness, encourage others to educate others respectfully about mental illness. Remind people that they wouldn’t make fun of someone who has heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. Speaking up will not only educate the public and help reduce stigma, but it could also give courage to others facing a similar challenge.

Let’s start breaking the stigma today!

Why Is The Pelvic Floor So Important?

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I’m sure you’ve heard of the pelvic floor. If you’ve had children, you were probably told, in passing, to ‘do your pelvic floor exercises’, maybe without any other instruction or explanation. It’s not just after babies that the pelvic floor is important, however.  Women, and men, can experience pelvic floor issues at any stage in life and it can have a wide range of implications. So let’s look into it a bit further and see why the pelvic floor is so important.

What is it?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and connective tissue that attaches to the bottom of your pelvis, like a sling between your legs.  This sling supports your pelvic organs, including your bladder, uterus and rectum. 

The pelvic floor is part of the core muscle system, working closely with your transverse abdominus, multifidus and diaphragm to support your trunk.  This is your ‘core’ and contributes to back stability, postural strength and function.  

What problems can it cause?

Common problems arising from pelvic floor dysfunction are:

  • Stress urinary incontinence – this is the name for leaking pee when you cough or sneeze and is often the reason that mums don’t go trampolining!  The pelvic floor can also be a factor in overactive bladder and urge urinary incontinence.


  • Pelvic organ prolapse – this is when your pelvic organs are not supported fully and drop down into your vagina, and can sometimes protrude.  Women typically notice a heaviness in their pelvis on weight bearing activities and may notice a bulge from their vagina. 


  • Sexual dysfunction – this could range from an inability to orgasm to discomfort during penetration to not being able to have sex due to pain.


  • Pelvic pain syndromes – conditions such are vulvodynia, vaginismus and Bladder Pain Syndrome (interstitial cystitis) often have involvement of the pelvic floor muscle complex, which can contribute to pain and dysfunction.  


  • Back pain – core weakness is a common factor in chronic or recurrent back pain. Working on core activation and strength have been shown to help reduce the severity of chronic back pain and reduce the incidence of episodes. 

why the pelvic floor is so important

  • Diastasis rectus abdominus – this is the separation of abdominal msucles, usually due to pregnancy.  The pelvic floor is part of the core, and together they work to support your trunk.  The balance between your core muscles and external abdominals is what helps to improve this issue. 

What can go wrong?

The pelvic floor is a complex system of muscles.  Any muscle in your body needs strength to contract, flexibility to function and the ability to fully relax.  The pelvic floor needs to be able to balance its power and contractibility, with its relaxation and length in order to function comfortably and effectively.  

This muscle system can be weak or inactive.  This could be due to pregnancy, exercise, occupation, weight, age, the list goes on.  If the muscles are weak they will not be able to counteract downward forces through your trunk.  This may lead to bladder or bowel leaking, pelvic organ prolapse or sexual dysfunction (for example, inability to orgasm).  Weakness in the core muscle system can cause or be a factor in lower back pain and perpetuate diastasis rectus abdominus. 

The pelvic floor can also be overactive or shortened. This can be due to overtraining, stress or anxiety, infection, or as part of a trauma response.  Tension in these muscles can cause pain related to urination, sex, or defecation; even sitting down or wearing tight trousers can be problematic for some people. It can contribute to urinary retention or incontinence, overactive bladder, or bladder pain syndrome. Tension or pain in your pelvic floor can also influence the surrounding structures and can be felt in or contribute to hip leg or back pain. 

On examination, it is very routine to find that the pelvic floor muscles are both overactive and weak at the same time. If someone perceives a pelvic floor problem, for example a bit of leaking, the common advice is to ‘do your kegels’. Kegels are essentially strengthening exercises.  The problem with this arises when people don’t know if their pelvic floor is actually weak, how to do an effective pelvic floor contraction and how to relax the muscles in between.  The muscles need strength, but even more important is range (i.e. the ability to fully relax and then fully contract).  Without working on the length and full relaxation in your pelvic floor, you will never get an optimal contraction. 

What to do about it?

The research says that 65% of people who think that they’re doing their pelvic floor exercises correctly are in fact doing it incorrectly.   This may be due to an ineffective contraction (reduced fibre activation or reduced range for example) or it could be that they are working to bear down with their pelvic floor muscles, which is the opposite to what we want to achieve and can make problems worse. 

The only way to find out if you are contracting your pelvic floor correctly is to have an internal vaginal assessment with a specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.  A vaginal assessment is very routine for those of us in the trade.  A pelvic floor examination involves feeling the muscles just on the inside of your vagina – feeling them contract, relax and what happens during a cough.  This should be entirely comfortable and pain-free.  We would also assess for signs of prolapse, in lying but also in standing if necessary.  

NICE Guidelines (NICE 2022) recommend supervised pelvic floor retraining as a first-line treatment for stress or mixed incontinence and for pelvic organ prolapse.  This means assessment and treatment with a specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. 

If pain is your issue, please don’t be put off by talk of internal examinations.  They can be very helpful in diagnosis and treatment but are not imperative.  Pelvic pain issues are very complex and lots of progress can be made ‘hands off’.  It might be something to discuss and revisit during a subsequent appointment.  You are always welcome to say no at any point.

In a nutshell, we all have pelvic floors, and they can impact every aspect of life.  If you think you might have an issue with your pelvic floor, or would just like to check, do something about it and see a Pelvic Health Physio!

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Women’s Health Physiotherapy: Why We’re Launching Our New Service

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The team at The Surrey Park Clinic are really excited to announce that we will be launching a brand new service from March 31st 2022. Following a host of feedback from patients, we are going to be offering Women’s Health Physiotherapy

To celebrate, we are also offering a FREE 15-minute drop-in session for you to experience our treatments and discuss your own concerns. These drop-ins will take place exclusively on March 31st, so book now to avoid disappointment! You can book a session via our website and we look forward to seeing you!

Why Might You Need A Physiotherapist?

Historically, women’s health physiotherapy focused primarily on obstetrics. This meant treating women for back pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy. However, it has continued to develop and grow as a speciality, now encompassing a range of conditions relating to the pelvic floor that affect the bladder, vagina and bowel. 

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

While pregnancy and postnatal issues are still a focus, our clinicians have been able to branch out into other areas of pain management. You may find you need treatment for: 

  • Pre and postnatal
  • Back, pelvic or coccyx pain
  • Bladder or bowel issues 
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Prolapse treatment 
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Hip, groin or lower back pain

Did you know that in women who have not had children, around 60% will experience some significant bladder, bowel or pain symptoms? As well as this, it is thought that 20% of 18-50 year old women will complain of chronic pelvic pain.

These statistics and the fact that all women will go through menopause at some point in later life displays the real need for the recent development of the women’s health physiotherapy sector. 

Our experienced physiotherapist Annabel Cussen specialises in helping women overcome a variety of pain and symptoms. You can come and see us about any concerns you may have and our team will be happy to devise a personalised plan that is tailored to your needs. 

Book your free taster session today to begin the journey. 

What Can I Expect From Women’s Health Physiotherapy?

Our personable clinical professionals are highly regarded experts in their fields. We are proud to be able to offer an efficient and extensive service with appointments available 6 days a week. 

We completely understand that you may be nervous about attending the clinic or worried about examinations that may be required. However, our consultant-led care ensures you will always see the same person at each appointment. We hope that this will help you to feel more comfortable and build a rapport with your consultant. 

Furthermore, our team all agree that consciously taking the time to fully understand your needs is one of the most important factors when attending any health clinic. That’s why we offer a range of appointments and times to suit busy lives and other commitments. 

We will listen to your concerns and try to get to the bottom of your worries. Our specialists will ask tailored questions to formulate a bespoke plan that provides you with the best care possible. 

After this, we will inform you of any further tests, examinations or treatments we think may benefit you. We will always keep you in the loop and any steps we take will be entirely in your hands. If you have any concerns or questions, we can address them in each appointment. Or, you can contact us and ring our reception who may be able to help you outside of your appointment times. 

Top Tips For Attending A Women’s Health Physiotherapy Appointment 

Our priority is making you as comfortable as possible and targeting your needs at every consultation. While our team has always been commended for their customer service, there are a few things you can do to relieve the worries and make yourself as comfortable as possible. 

Wear Loose Fitting Clothes

During a women’s health physiotherapy appointment, it is best to wear comfy, loose clothing that allows you to move freely and not become restricted during the appointment. Not only will this help you to feel more comfortable in yourself and during the appointment – but it will also help our physiotherapists to examine you properly and carry out any movement exercises that may need to be performed.

Talk To Someone

If you are particularly nervous about your appointment, it can be beneficial to speak to a friend or family member who may have gone through the process before. Alternatively, one of our team will always be happy to answer any questions you may have and we can walk you through each and every step before it happens. 

Talking through it can help put your mind at ease and eliminate any surprises along the way. We are always completely transparent with our methods and information, so there is no need to worry about attending or booking an appointment at The Surrey Park Clinic. 

As well as this, it is so important to talk about the symptoms that are troubling you too. We can often push them to the back of our mind in favour of other people or things we deem ‘more important’. Speaking out about your concerns could address something that needs to be treated or open an avenue that can benefit your body in the long run. 

Bring A Chaperone

Some people may feel more comfortable with someone they know in the room during an appointment. If you would like a friend or family member to be present during the physiotherapy session, our team will be happy to arrange something to suit you. 

This can help calm your nerves and also provide a second pair of ears for any information you may receive on the day. People are often worried about remembering everything – so having someone else there to pick up on bits you may miss can help provide some clarity within your treatment. 

Allow Enough Time Before & After The Appointment

Many say that the beauty of attending The Surrey Park Clinic for any of our services is the flexibility. Our consultant-led team has plenty of availability from morning to evening, 6 days a week. 

Take advantage of this and try to book a slot that gives you plenty of time to prepare beforehand and relax afterwards. If you have to rush around to be on time or are worried about returning to work after the appointment, you may not make the most of the treatment. 

Leaving plenty of time will ensure you are calm and relaxed on entry and can fully engage with our specialists as they help you to address concerns and work towards the outcome you’ve discussed.

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We are really proud to be able to offer this new service and hope that our specialist can assist many more women in their health journeys. 

Whether you’re looking for pelvic floor rehabilitation, support with incontinence or postnatal treatment – the team at The Surrey Park Clinic can work to provide you with a personalised plan. 

Simply get in touch today to find out more or book your free 15-minute drop-in consultation today!

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Why You Should Be Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

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International Women’s Day 2022

Tuesday 8th March is set this year for International Women’s Day 2022. It is a worldwide event that celebrates the achievements of women. Since the early 1900s, we have been recognising the political, economic and social accolades of women all over and using this as a time to strive for gender equality. 

As specialists in fertility and women’s health, we feel very strongly about empowerment and fulfilment. That’s why we will be celebrating the accomplishments of our own clients and staff as well as women from all other walks of life.  We would love for you to join us in doing the same. 

On Wednesday 9th March, we will be hosting a special event focusing on Women’s Health. If you’d like to come along, join us at the Hub on the Park cafe in Guildford.

Hosted by our very own Katie Biddiss, Clinic Director, we’ll also be joined by:

  • Dr Alex Standring: Menopause Specialist
  • Emma Menzies: Coach and Fertility at work coach
  • Annabel Cussen: Physiotherapist, Specialist in women’s health

You can register for tickets on Eventbrite. We’d love to see you and it will be a great way to celebrate.

Women’s Health

Our mission and one that is shared amongst others during International Women’s Day 2022 is to assist women towards a position of power. This will give them the opportunity to make informed decisions about their health. 

Reproductive health conditions affect women’s health and emotional wellbeing on a daily basis and can range in severity in terms of the impact their condition has on their everyday life.

We want them to disregard the stigma around gynaecological treatments, fertility and other areas such as menopause where patients may feel particularly anxious or embarrassed. Only by doing so can women get a clear and personal understanding of their needs.

The aim of this will be to encourage them to make the decisions that benefit their body and wellbeing – without being influenced by external factors. Our friendly team will always champion your individual health pathway and lead you towards a fully supported and educated outcome. 

All of this is a constant factor within our clinic but will shine particularly brightly in partnership with the #BreakTheBias theme of International Women’s Day 2022.

As well as creating a safe environment for patients and offering the best standards of care and information – we want people to start talking about their worries, concerns and asking questions about all areas of women’s health. 

Once this becomes a daily occurrence in our lives, the bias around these topics will begin to dissipate. While keeping them behind closed doors is necessary for many personal cases – the broader topics themselves should be spoken about. 


A focal point for this year’s celebrations is the push towards gender equality. This means campaigning for a world free from discrimination and stereotypes. 

Whether deliberate or not, bias has always made it difficult for women to be heard and move forward in their lives. Despite celebrating this day for many decades, the aim to achieve equality has still not been fully realised. 

Amongst the gender pay gaps, fewer business opportunities and lack of belief when women begin speaking out – there are many other areas in life where women are set back due to bias. 

Many people have been through the struggle of approaching professionals with questions about their mental and physical health and it is overlooked. All over, women have missed out on important testing or examinations for serious conditions simply because they are accused of overreacting or worrying about nothing.

As our clinic specialises in the complex areas of women’s health, we understand the signs and symptoms of these issues. We also run a consultant-led initiative that ensures women see the same consultant for the duration of their communication with us. 

This allows us to provide expert services with complete and specialist information provided by those who understand the topics the best. It is our aim to eradicate this bias and tackle the issues of late diagnosis and misunderstanding symptoms. 

Not only will the push for gender equality help to achieve this, but simply by listening to our patients and the women in our lives – we can increase understanding of these issues and educate more people. 

How Can You Get Involved – International Women’s Day 2022

Everyone can celebrate and show their support for this cause. It’s important that as many people as possible get involved in the day and are becoming more aware of the problems women still face in today’s society.

Spreading Awareness

This year, the campaign is calling for people to post images on social media and around the internet of themselves in a #BreakTheBias pose. People will be crossing their arms in front of their chest to represent that enough is enough. 

It’s time to stop, take a stand and approach the issue of equality head-on. So one thing you can do is be a part of this movement – post to all your social media platforms and use the trending hashtags on Tuesday 8th March. 

International Women’s Day 2022

Join Our Event

As we mentioned at the start of this blog, the team at The Surrey Park Clinic are hosting an event in Guildford to celebrate this day. 

As women, we often put everyone else’s health and wellbeing before our own. It is second nature to many and can lead to us neglecting our own bodies. We’re hosting this relaxing afternoon to offer a chance to network and ask questions. We can then realise the importance of putting ourselves first and taking the time to understand our own needs. 

The event will take place at Hub on the Park Cafe in Guildford and is hosted by our very own Clinic Director, Katie Biddiss. There will be talks from some amazing specialists who will be shedding light on certain areas of women’s health.

Dr Alex Standring will be sharing her expertise in hormones, menopause and other gynaecological concerns. Her personal experiences have led her to strongly advocate for informed medical advice and personalised treatment for women. 

Emma Menzies will also be speaking. As a professional coach for women experiencing fertility challenges – her aim is to empower those to manage their careers and find fulfilment on the road to motherhood. Fertility is an incredibly important topic that has been classed as taboo in the past, so speakers like Emma are shining a light on the issues surrounding it. 

Furthermore, Annabel Cussen is a physiotherapist specialising in women’s health. Pre and postnatal symptoms as well as pelvic floor rehabilitation are just a couple of reasons women may need physiotherapy treatment during their lives. These pains can often be seen as part and parcel of a journey through motherhood – but this does not mean they should go unnoticed or untreated. 

You can register for our event, free of charge through this link. Spaces are limited though, so get in quick to enjoy the expert panel and networking for International Women’s Day 2022.

Celebrate And Empower

The message and mission of this day is something we should be exploring throughout the year. But this one day around the world gives us an opportunity to gather as allies and celebrate all the amazing achievements of women around the world. 

The message is always louder in a crowd – so a dedicated day helps to draw bigger teams together to promote this one goal in unison. The benefit of this is a collective understanding and education of the bias, discrimination and struggles women go through every day. 

Now is the time to speak out and #BreakTheBias – pushing for gender equality. So why not post to social media, join us in Guildford or manage your own campaign to show support and celebrate.

The Surrey Park Clinic 

Whether you require fertility assistance to conceive, treatment for gynaecological conditions, help and advice for managing menopause or pregnancy scans, the clinical team will ensure your time with us is tailored to your individual requirements.

Our services are consultant-led and our specialists are available for daytime, evening and weekend appointments, in which they consciously take the time to fully understand and listen to your needs.

It’s time to ask questions and be confident that you will be heard.

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