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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Gender Matters to Sterex

    Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person feels that they are trapped within the body of the wrong gender. A person with gender dysphoria experiences anxiety, uncertainty and persistently uncomfortable feelings about the gender they were born with. They believe their gender identity is different from their anatomical sex.

    Awareness of gender dysphoria is increasing due to growing public awareness. However, many people with gender dysphoria still face prejudice and misunderstanding about their condition. It is estimated that one in 4,000 people in the UK receives medical help for gender dysphoria, which suggests that there are many more people with the condition who have yet to seek help. On average, men are diagnosed with gender dysphoria five times more often than women.

    A significant challenge for a trans person is unwanted hair and finding electrolysists who are willing and trained to assist them. To help this situation Sterex pioneered in 2009 the first ever Transgender electrolysis course which today goes from strength to strength enabling a national data base to be built of electrolysists who are willing and able to treat members of the TG community.

    Representatives from ‘Gender Matters’ attend every Sterex course to give information and insight in a fun and inspiring way. Sherrie Tomlinson, CEO and Erika Godwin, Chair , who lecture to the NHS, the Police Force and other organisations, gave a fascinating, deeply moving, challenging and all encompassing presentation. Gender Matters a registered charity based in Wolverhampton , provides a comprehensive programme of practical support, counselling, advice and information for anyone with any questions or problems concerning their gender identity, or whose loved ones are struggling with gender identity issues. They are great supporters of Sterex and all we are trying to achieve for the community. As a gesture of goodwill Laurie Cartmell Director of Sterex was pleased to make a donation to the charity in recognition of all their hard work and support .

    Laurie Cartmell Director of Sterex
    with Sherrie Tomlinson, CEO and Erika Godwin, Chair Gender Matters
    Left: Elaine Stoddart, Director of Education Sterex
    Right: Tina Sinclair, Trans-Electrolysis Specialist Sterex
  • Medical Professionals attend Sterex course on the South Coast

    “I am an ophthalmic surgeon by profession and have an aesthetic surgery and non surgical cosmetic business for the past 14 years. I have attended hundreds of courses and workshops in the past 20 years or so and I am pleased to say this one was the most beneficial to me”.

    Dr P K Bhatnagar

    Sterex held an Advanced Cosmetic Procedures course at Southampton College in August which was well attended by not only electrolysists but also 2 nurses, an anaesthetist and a surgeon. All enjoyed the course immensely and agreed that there was so much to learn and that the course exceeded their expectations.

    The course was held at the modern, unique and impressive venue that is City College Southampton, a further education college based in the south of England which provides exceptional vocational and academic training for young people and adults. Learner success rates are classed as 'outstanding' and the college is listed as 'good' by Ofsted, with some outstanding features. Set in the centre of Southampton, the college has invested heavily in facilities and boasts a new, £34 million set of buildings complete with state-of-the-art equipment and learning resources.

    Elaine Stoddart Director of Education for Sterex said, “We chose Southampton because we have run courses here before very successfully and the beauty staff and in particular Joanne Pengally (L3 Coordinator Beauty) is so helpful, efficient and nothing is too much trouble for her. The stylish and spacious hub is the perfect setting to impress and welcome our delegates and the contemporary fresh architecture creates a blank canvas with the WOW factor”.

    Using electrolysis for all manner of minor cosmetic procedures is growing in popularity in the medical profession and Sterex courses are increasingly attended by medical professionals who are recognising the effective, simple, quick and lucrative nature of these treatments.

    “Medical professionals often think ‘beauty’ courses are ‘dumbed down’ but this was as good as any nursing course. The A & P in the manual was very well explained and diagrams brilliant”

    Fiona Taylor Nurse Practitioner

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