Some would argue there has been great progress when it comes to recognising women for their talents, contributions and general worth at home and in the workplace.
And nowadays, more and more women are speaking up about issues of gender inequality in the workplace and promoting a healthier body image and love for themselves. However, when it comes to discussing certain common women’s health issues, it feels like we’re still stuck in the dark ages.
Take for example the three commonly experienced health issues of menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding or HMB), dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Although many women suffer from these conditions, they are still considered too "taboo" to discuss openly.
Dr Sindi van Zyl leading the charge
An SA company, 3Sixty Biomedicine, along with the help of passionate and brave female health experts, believe that the time has come to #BreakTheSilence on these issues and encourage people to normalise conversations around them so that information and treatment options can be shared.
3Sixty Biomedicine launched their #BreakTheSilence campaign in August and have continued this important work throughout September (PCOS Awareness Month) and now into October, which is recognised as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
This month, leading the charge to #BreakTheSilence, is radio personality and medical practitioner, Dr Sindi van Zyl, who is ready to answer everyone’s burning questions on the topic of heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual pain and PCOS – a common cause of infertility.
“As someone who has been diagnosed with PCOS myself, I feel very strongly about supporting other women who may be suffering in silence, and unaware that their regular discomfort can in fact be treated. Through this campaign I want people to realise that these common health conditions are treatable, and that as women we should proudly live a life free from the discomfort caused by heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual pain and PCOS. It’s high time we #BreakTheSilence and #StopTheStigma and I am excited about participating in Health24’s upcoming Guest Forum where people can ask their burning questions from Monday 26 October until Friday 30 October about these conditions for me to answer,” said Dr Sindi.
This is not the first time that Dr Sindi has spoken up about women’s health. She’s been actively involved in the #BreakTheSilence campaign since August 2020, and she’s thrilled to already see some positive results.
Join in the discussion
“It’s been wonderful to be part of a movement like #BreakTheSilence that is helping people by sharing information about the symptoms they are experiencing and treatment options, as well as making them realise they are not alone. We’ve seen such a positive response from the past 3Sixty Biomedicine webinars hosted, and we want to keep the momentum and conversations going,” Dr Sindi said.
Put all your questions to Dr Sindi van Zyl during the Expert Guest Forum on Health24’s platform happening from 30 October to 3 November 2020. All SA women and their partners are encouraged to join in the discussion and engage with Dr Sindi van Zyl.
3Sixty Biomedicine’s Salome range offers product alternatives that are based on herbal extracts to help people suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual pain and PCOS.
The range includes the products Salome HMB, Salome Menstrual Pain and Salome Fertility which are all available online at www.3SixtyBiomedicine.co.za, from Takealot.com and at most pharmacies nationwide.