“Vagina”, “the clit”, “muff”, “minge”, “pussy”, “fanny”, “the snatch” are very commonly used words and slang words when talking about “the lady-private part” professionally known as “the vulva”, but not for Kath Mazzella, it’s her goal to create Gynaecological/Vulval awareness.
At 42 years of age, Kath had her Clitoris, Vulva and groin lymph glands removed due to Vulva cancer, Kath had a surgery that many wouldn’t have heard of “A Radical Vulvectomy”.
After her treatment, one of her three children was found to have Polycystic ovaries and Endometriosis, then finding out that over 2 million Australian women had this condition. Plus let’s not forget to mention the other conditions such as prolapse, Fibroid, GYN cancers, Hysterectomy and menopause, the list goes on.
Realising this was when Kath started to speak out more and make more use of the word “Vulva”, at one point she felt isolated and ostracised by even women back then for even mentioning the word “Vulva” and most referred to it as the “Vagina” to now winning honour awards and being associated with a number of groups.
Kath is a public speaker for those afraid to speak out and recommends the services of Jean Hailes Women’s Health and Cancer Centres as they have evidence-based resources, Cancer Support and Sexual Health Headquarters.
Her favourite quote “Knowledge is power. Viva La Vulva, Don’t wait till it is too late”.
Kath wants to encourage women when planning their strategic plan for 2022 to include:
- The international Gynaecological awareness on September 10th, and,
- To collaborate with medical professionals, women’s groups and the community at large.
Follow Kath’s Fembuiz link here to find out more on how to connect with her, and if you join one of her events, don’t forget “to bring your undies”.
Brought to you Rebecca Bennett from Fembuiz Directory