A British woman is celebrating her gynecological success after discovering her doctor is “super-nice”.
Ana is one of thousands of women in England and Wales who are not in a relationship and instead choose to remain single, despite the fact that they’re the primary carer for their children.
“I’d say that my gynecologists are the best, and I’ve been with them for 20 years,” Ana told ITV News.
The 37-year-old said she had been told by her doctor that she had a rare condition that meant she needed to be “proved to the very top” in order to receive a diagnosis.
It was an “incredibly stressful time” for her, Ana added.
She said she “didn’t know where to turn” and that the process was “a bit traumatic”.
“So I ended up writing down my symptoms and what was happening, and then it just kind of fell on deaf ears,” Ana said.
Doctors told Ana that she needed more tests, including one that showed a blood clot was blocking her blood flow, which could potentially lead to a miscarriage.
A woman with a rare birth defect is known as a tubal defect, and can cause infertility, anaemia and severe pain.
So Ana started “a very slow and gentle process of finding out” her condition, by taking her blood pressure and other blood tests.
Her GP, Dr John Balfour, said that Ana’s condition was not a surprise, as her blood clot “was causing blood flow problems”.
Balfour added that he was “absolutely amazed” at Ana’s progress and that it was “not uncommon” for patients with a similar condition to have a similar diagnosis.
But Balfor’s experience was not shared by all women in a similar situation.
Dr Jane McManus, from the Women’s Health Partnership, said she has never seen a case like Ana’s, and said that she thought it was a case of “perfect timing”.
McManus told the BBC that a lot of women do not seek medical attention as soon as they notice their condition, which is “the biggest issue”.
“It’s very difficult for women with a genetic condition to get the diagnosis,” she said.
“So it’s really important to understand your symptoms, the medical history and understand what’s causing the problem.”
McManis also said that while there were other ways to treat a tubolacic birth defect, there were not many women with this condition that were getting it treated.
McMenus said that it “doesn’t really matter how it’s treated, it’s not a problem that is fixed” in a few months.
What are the benefits of being single?
According to a recent survey by the National Health Service, women who live with a partner or partner-to-be have the highest rate of satisfaction with their health.
According the survey, men living with a spouse or partner are slightly more satisfied, with 57 per cent of men saying they were very satisfied with their mental health.
Men living alone were slightly more likely to say that their health was very good, with 65 per cent saying that.
The survey also found that women who lived alone were more likely than women with partners or partners-to be in their early 30s, and had the highest number of health problems.
The BBC has asked other British women about the benefits and disadvantages of living alone and they have shared their stories with us.
Read more about single mothers here