Women’s Health Alliance (WHA) is an independent association of medical societies, patient care organisations and specialist charities that aims to improve awareness and understanding of issues concerning women’s health and so facilitate a better quality of life for women everywhere.
WHA is a resource with three objectives:
Our members include medical societies, patient care organisations and specialist charities.
Associate supporters are drawn from throughout the health sector.
This website was launched in July 2012. It helps to communicate our objectives by signposting the work of members and providing opportunities for a sharper focus on women's health.
We are confident that Women's Health Alliance has the expertise and commitment to help you.
BSc MBBS MRCOG MFFP
Dr Heather Currie
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A key problem for sufferers is the time it takes before diagnosis. As symptoms vary between individuals, and are often similar to those of other illnesses, it can typically take around seven years for a woman to get a conclusive diagnosis via laparoscopy.
To help reduce this timescale – during which a woman can suffer debilitating physical and emotional impact on her quality of life – Endometriosis UK is promoting a patients' Consultation Questionnaire [PDF, 576KB, available from the Endometriosis UK website).
Helen North, Endometriosis UK chief executive, explains:
"We have produced this easy-to-use but comprehensive Questionnaire not only to help women feel more confident talking about their symptoms with their GP but also to help ensure the doctor gets all the information they need on which to base next steps for treatment. Therefore, we would value the support of primary care practitioners by encouraging patients to fill in and bring the Questionnaire with them to consultations.
"We also provide resources including a patient pathway, a free helpline for women who have, or think they may have, endometriosis and a range of free information leaflets on all aspects of the condition available to order or download from our website."
Kem Akpuaka ran the Paris Marathon on 7th April 2013 for the British Menopause Society and Women’s Health Concern and agreed to extend her fundraising to include Women’s Health Alliance. Her time was 5 hours 7 minutes which she says “wasn’t great” but we thought was brilliant! For those who would still like to donate you can support Kem on our behalf until 31st May 2013, by going to her Just Giving fundraising page.