It’s 2020, but somehow talking about gynocological health is still taboo – Ovaflow is changing that
Photo: Rachael Booth / OVAFLOW
Did you know there are five – FIVE(!) – types of gynecological cancer? Yeah, neither did we. And that’s why we’re so happy that OVAFLOW is around, to help spread awareness about women’s health, and everything that goes along with that.
The woman behind the movement is Rachael Booth, the 32-year-old art director from Manchester, whose journey through the world of women’s reproductive health began about a year ago following a trip to the doctor’s office that would change her life.
That initial visit to the doctor was followed by multiple trips to the hospital for further tests, scans and procedures – a process that revealed how surprisingly little she actually knew about her own body.
“Whilst learning a lot more about the correct terminology, digesting the information that is given to you, you’re also waiting for results and a possible diagnosis, which caused me a lot of anxiety and distress,” says Rachael about that time.
“I found this process to be a minefield, and a lonely one at that. The worry and the uncertainty, and the lack of knowledge around my own health left me feeling very alone and very emotional,” she continues. “I’m still so shocked by how little knowledge I have about different gynecological conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and cysts, among others – even at 32 years old. Also that there are FIVE gynecological cancers: Cervical, Ovarian, Vaginal, Vulva and Womb. I truly believe that I can’t be the only girl who feels like she’s in the dark about all of this.”
Rachael decided it was time to break the taboos surrounding these topics by starting a conversation to raise awareness about women’s health. That’s how OVAFLOW was born.
“It was time to create a space for a much-needed conversation about gynecological health. A space where we can erase embarrassment and shame about our bodies to help us speak up and receive the best care possible,” Rachael tells us. “My main intention is to encourage women to prioritise their health, to know the importance of being body-aware and to feel reassured that they are never alone. Speaking up is so important! If we can start to normalize these conversations and start to talk about our concerns more freely without embarrassment, it will encourage us to get checked and seek potentially life-saving medical advice.”
We love the message and think it’s so important to get the word out. Hop over to the OVAFLOW Instagram and follow along with Rachael’s work.