Stacey Solomon opens up about her concerns giving birth to Rex after contracting HPV
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Stacey Solomon has opened up about her concerns when giving birth to her youngest son Rex during a discussion on Loose Women about women and healthcare.
The ITV panellist shared her own startling discovery after she contracted HPV and questioned her male doctor about whether it would have an effect on her cervix after birth.
She said she was upset to learn that her doctor didn't have any answers for her as there was a complete lack of research on the matter.
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Discussing whether women were 'second class citizens in healthcare' on the ITV panel following a new report which addressed how a generation of women had been "catastrophically affected" by three different health scandals.
Health secretary Matt Hancock apologised "on behalf of the NHS and the entire health service" following the findings of the report looking into medical treatments vaginal mesh implants, pregnancy test drug Primodos and epilepsy treatment sodium valproate.
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It was reported that doctors had dismissed worries as "women's problems" when concerns were raised and the damning report has criticised the NHS, private health firms and regulators for failing to act.
And it also found that 62 per cent of female patients were dismissed by their male GPs, something which mum of three Stacey, who gave birth to Rex last year, said she had experienced.
"We trust our health professionals – I'm not putting them down – so much that and I think that when you go to your doctor and you're dismissed with women's issues when it's really important, it's just not good enough," she said.
"It reminded me of the time when I was pregnant with Rex, I contracted HPV a few years ago and I asked whether – sorry if this is too much for lunchtime – but I asked whether giving birth vaginally would have an effect on my cervix after contracting HPV.
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"And I remember my doctor saying to me, 'There's absolutely no research into this, there's hardly any research into women's health and it's completely underfunded and so we don't know.'
"It really stuck with me. And so when I read this report it just reminded me of how much we're disregarded as women when it comes to our health."
Stacey, who shares Rex with her partner Joe Swash, continued: "I don't think it's on purpose that that's the way that it is, I think it's a historic thing that seems to be carrying on now. It was only when I looked into it a bit further, I found out that less that 2.5 per cent of publicly funded research is dedicated to reproductive health, despite affecting 1 in 3 women.
"There is five times more research into erectile dysfunction, which only affects 19% of men, and that's what we're dealing with.
"I think a lot of the time, doctors actually don't know about certain symptoms and cases with women because the research hasn't been done and there's no money in it."
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