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Combined pill

The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just called "the pill". It contains artificial versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries. At a glance: the combined pill   How the combined pill works   What to do…

Coming out

Coming out is when someone who is gay, lesbian or bisexual tells the people around them about their sexuality. This can be difficult and people may worry that others will treat them differently once they know. Even though it can be scary, most people feel that…

Common digestive problems - and how to treat them

Digestive complaints such as constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating are very common and usually treatable with lifestyle measures and over-the-counter remedies. Around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time, according to Dr Anton Emmanuel, consultant gastroenterologist at University College Hospital…

Common energy stealers

Not sure what's causing your fatigue? Here are some common energy zappers that may be to blame - and tips on how to overcome them. Being a couch potato Sitting in one position for long periods of time can sap your energy, even if you're watching…

Common exercise mistakes

Get the most out of your workouts and avoid injury with these tips to correct common exercise mistakes. From lifting too much weight to poor technique, an exercise performed incorrectly can mean you're not getting the benefits you're looking for, and can even cause pain…

Common posture mistakes and fixes

Exercises and tips to help alleviate muscle tension caused by poor sitting and standing habits, such as: Slouching in a chair Sticking your bottom out Standing with a flat back Leaning on one leg Hunched back and 'text neck' Poking your chin Rounded shoulders Cradling your phone…

Common skin conditions

A short guide to some of the most common skin conditions. Atopic eczema  Cold sores Hives (urticaria)  Impetigo Itching Psoriasis  Ringworm  Scabies  Vitiligo Warts and verrucas Atopic eczema  Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema and makes your…

Complementary and alternative medicine

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are treatments that fall outside of mainstream healthcare. These medicines and treatments range from acupuncture and homeopathy, to aromatherapy, meditation and colonic irrigation. This page covers: Defining CAMs Deciding to use complementary or alternative treatments Availability on the NHS Finding…

Contact lens safety

Cleaning and using your contact lenses properly will help keep your eyes healthy and free from infections. Do: wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your lenses only wear your contacts for the recommended time always have an up-to-date pair of glasses for when…

Contraceptive cap

A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the cap.   At a glance: facts about…
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