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Sex after the menopause

When the menopause hits, so can a variety of sexual problems. But don't despair, there are solutions. Sex can become less enjoyable for some women after the menopause. The natural decline in oestrogen levels can make it uncomfortable. Some women also find their interest in sex…

Sex as you get older

Things inevitably change as you get older, but that doesn't mean you have to stop having sex. Many people enjoy an active sex life well into old age, with some couples reporting that sex gets better with age. Your sexual desires and appetite for sex…

Sexual health FAQs

Dr Patrick French (pictured) is a sexual health adviser and genitourinary medicine (GUM) consultant at the Mortimer Market Centre in London. He answers some common questions about sex. Watery discharge  Spots on my penis  Can I get HIV through condoms?  I need emergency contraception  Pains after…

Sexual health for lesbian and bisexual women

Women who have sex with other women can pass on or get STIs. Know how to protect yourself. Lesbians and bisexual women are not immune from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and it's important not to be complacent about getting tested for them, according to Ruth…

Sexual health Q&A

Sex doctor Anne Edwards answers questions on emergency contraception, chlamydia and HIV. I had unprotected sex last night. What should I do? You can get emergency contraception (also known as the morning after pill) at pharmacies. Some pharmacies provide free emergency contraception to women of all ages, including…

Shingles vaccine side effects

Like all vaccines, the shingles vaccine can cause side effects, but they're generally mild and don't last long. Common side effects of the shingles vaccine, which occur in at least 1 in 10 people, are: headache redness, pain, swelling, itching, warmth and bruising at the injection site…

Short breaks

Short Breaks are for children and young people with disabilities to spend time away from home to give parents a break from caring. The breaks can be for a few hours, a day, evening, overnight, for a weekend or longer. There are different kinds of…

Should I have a PSA test?

The PSA test is a blood test that can detect the early signs of an enlarged prostate. It is the most common initial test for men who are worried about prostate cancer. The test, which can be done at a GP surgery, measures the level of…

Should I volunteer?

There's good evidence that volunteering brings benefits to both the person volunteering and the people and organisations they support. Volunteering involves spending unpaid time doing something to help other people or groups, other than (or as well as) close relatives. Evidence suggests that volunteering brings health benefits to…

Should you cut out bread to stop bloating?

Is eating bread giving you bloating and other digestive symptoms? If so, you could be sensitive to wheat. Cutting out bread or changing the type you eat may help. More and more of us claim to suffer from a wheat allergy, so we shun bread…
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