Women's Health in Scotland

During the first half of 2018, the SWC undertook a programme of work on women’s health. Issues discussed included breast and cervical screening; cancer detection, treatment and support; transvaginal mesh implants; thyroid problems; mental health. Other pressing areas of concern raised by women were also explored.

Online Survey

An online survey was used to gather information from women of various backgrounds, ages and from diverse geographical areas in order to inform our work. The SWC is extremely grateful to everyone who disseminated this throughout their networks so that as many women as possible were able to participate.


Roundtable discussions on the key women’s health themes were held in various locations throughout Scotland. Women talked about their experiences as well as support given from health professionals.

Health Conference

A conference was held in Glasgow on Saturday 21st July 2018. This event provided women with the opportunity to talk about key health priorities. A report has been produced outlining speaker contributions, key discussion areas as well as practical suggestions for change.

The SWC encourages women to use the information contained within this document to press for the change. Please share our findings with friends, family and your communities.


Other Resources

The SWC has also produced -

The presentations by those speaking at the event -


If you require any further information, or wish to get involved in any way, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Related publications

1. Women's Health in Scotland Report (2018)1. Women's Health in Scotland Report (2018)

Additional Health Information and AdviceAdditional Health Information and Advice

Health Roundtable Events: A SummaryHealth Roundtable Events: A Summary A number of roundtable events were conducted by the SWC as part of the work related to health issues for women in Scotland.

Presentation: Mental HealthPresentation: Mental Health Mental health stigma and discrimination affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

Presentation: Mesh Implants CampaignPresentation: Mesh Implants Campaign Before we knew each other, we were both struggling to come to terms with constant pain and crippling side effects of a surgery that was supposed to 'change our lives'.

Presentation: ThyroidPresentation: Thyroid There was only one red flag throughout my pregnancy around health and that was the midwife noting that I had low iron.

Recommendations by Women for WomenRecommendations by Women for Women A summary of recommendations given by women across Scotland on improving their experiences of the healthcare system.

Women's Health: Contributing FactorsWomen's Health: Contributing Factors A number of roundtable events were conducted by the SWC as part of the work related to health issues for women in Scotland.