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9health innovations Egyptian ladies favoured softened papyrus to stem their monthly menstrual cycle, while the ancient Greeks used lint wrapped round a piece of wood. But it wasn’t until 1929, when Earle Haas adapted a cotton surgical plug (meaning ‘tampon’ in French) with two concentric cardboard tubes for easy insertion, that the modern tampon was born. Filing his first patent application for the device in 1931, the revolutionary applicator waved goodbye to wool, paper, sponges and vegetable fibres – previous materials used for disposable tampons. ground-breaking From epidurals to the Pill, these medical breakthroughs have had a profound effect on your wellbeing as a woman 1 2 3 The (modern) Tampon In 1928, Dr Papanicolaou first discovered that cells within the cervix change in appearance before they become cancerous. A cervical cytology or the Pap test, named after the doctor, checks for any abnormal signs in the cells collected from the cervix. As pre-cancerous cells can take 10 to 15 years to develop, with more than 90% of cases curable if the disease is detected and treated early enough, the routine check has been considered the most successful cancer screening technique ever discovered. Since its implementation in 1941, a Pap smear has reduced the overall worldwide death rate of cervical cancer by approximately 74%. The UK’s vital free cervical screening programme, launched in 1989, prevents up to 3,900 cases of cervical cancer in the UK each year. The pap smear 4 This became available in Britain in 1965, creating a revolution in how to manage the menopause. Providing relief from unpleasant symptoms such as hot flushes, sweats, sleep disturbances, changes to the vaginal area and for the prevention of osteoporosis, HRT makes ‘the change’ a far more bearable experience for many women. Although research by the UK-based Million Women Study and the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) in the US raised safety concerns – causing a fall from two million to one million users in the UK between 2003 and 2007 – medical opinion now sits in favour of HRT, if it is prescribed correctly. hormone replacemenT Therapy (hrT) The creation of the contraceptive pill went hand in hand with the swinging 60s and greater sexual freedom. Developed by American biologist Dr Gregory Pincus, the Pill works by suppressing ovulation. Introduced in the UK in 1961, firstly for married women only, more than 3.5 million women now take a version The pill The Pill puts women in control of their bodies 102 | march 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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