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Female Health

Delaying Periods

Published on 19th April 2018

Although periods are a natural and normal part of being a woman there may be times when you wish to delay a period. This could be due to an up and coming holiday or special event when it would be more convenient to delay your period until a later date.  There is no guaranteed way […]

Facial Hair in Women

Published on 18th April 2018

What causes facial hair in women? All women have hair on their faces and body but it is usually fine and light in colour.  There are many reasons why a woman may experience excessive facial hair growth, as well as over other parts of her body.  In the majority of cases the cause is changes […]

Hair Loss and Baldness

Published on 18th April 2018

Hair loss and baldness Hair is made up of a protein called Keratin and is produced in hair follicles which are found all over our bodies, except the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet.  The hair we can see is actually a string of dead keratin cells. An adult head has […]

Type 2 Diabetes

Published on 28th March 2018

What is type 2 diabetes? Type 2 diabetes, also known as non insulin dependent diabetes, is the most common type of diabetes. Type 2 usually appears in older people (over 40) though as levels of obesity in the UK are rising, more and more younger people are being diagnosed. Type 2 happens when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to […]

Gestational Diabetes

Published on 28th March 2018

Gestational diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops or is discovered during pregnancy and then usually disappears when the pregnancy is over. Gestational diabetes occurs in approximately 1 in 20 pregnancies. What causes gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes can develop during pregnancy, because the pregnancy hormones make it harder […]

Diabetes complications

Published on 28th March 2018

What complications can develop from diabetes? Complications can occur when diabetes is not kept under control, so is is very important to check levels regularly and attend regular check ups. Complications that can occur can include any of the following: (click the link for further information): Atherosclerosis Eye Problems- Retinopathy Diabetic Kidney disease Diabetic Neuropathy […]

Hypoglycaemia

Published on 28th March 2018

What is hypoglycaemia? If you take insulin or tablets to control diabetes you may occasionally suffer a ‘hypo’, this is more common with people who have type 1 diabetes. Hypo is short for hypoglycaemia and it occurs when blood sugar levels fall below normal. A normal glucose level should be between 4-6mmol/l before meals and less than […]

Hyperglycaemia

Published on 28th March 2018

What is hyperglycaemia? Hyperglycaemia occurs when your glucose levels become too high, usually above 7mmol/l before a meal and 8.5mmol/l 2 hours after a meal. The occasional high reading is not a problem but if levels become very high regularly your diabetes is not being controlled and this can lead to serious complications. What causes hyperglycaemia? Hyperglycaemia […]

Sinusitis

Published on 26th March 2018

What is sinusitis? The sinuses are the air-filled cavities located behind your cheekbones and forehead. Sinusitis is the inflammation and swelling of the lining of the sinuses. There are 4 types of sinusitis: acute, subacute, chronic and recurrent. Acute sinusitis describes the sudden onset of cold like symptoms which include a stuffy nose and facial […]

Contraception

Published on 20th March 2018

  What is contraception? Contraception or birth control is an artificial method or device used to prevent a woman from getting pregnant. A woman can become pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs, contraception keeps the sperm and the eggs apart or stops egg production to prevent pregnancy from happening.  In the […]

Emergency contraception

Published on 20th March 2018

  What is emergency contraception? If you have unprotected sex or you think your current contraception method has failed then you might require emergency contraception, commonly called the morning after pill. There are different types of emergency contraception available, as well as an emergency contraception pill there is an emergency IUD (Intrauterine device). Emergency contraception […]

Combined oral contraceptive pill (COP)

Published on 20th March 2018

  What is the combined oral contraceptive pill? The combined pill is the most common and is usually the one people refer to when they say “I’m on the pill”. The combination pill gets its name because it contains a combination of the two female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.  There are many different brands of […]