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Seven sun facts

Lots of us love lounging around in the sun. But too much sun can give you wrinkles, sunburn, and put you at risk of skin cancer. Dr Julie Sharp of Cancer Research UK answers seven important questions about the effect of sun on your skin and…

Sex addiction and love addiction

Many different things can become addictive, and that includes sex and love. What is sex addiction? Sex addiction is described by the relationship counselling service Relate as any sexual activity that feels out of control. It could involve sex with a partner, but it may…

Sex advice for people with chronic pain

Sexual intercourse can cause discomfort for people living with long-term pain. But living with chronic pain should not mean that the pleasures of sexual activity are beyond your reach. Sexual activity, when comfortable, can provide a certain amount of temporary pain relief. The key is to return to some…

Sex after hysterectomy

How a hysterectomy might affect your sex life, how long you should wait before having sex again and how to cope with issues such as vaginal dryness. It takes time to get back to normal after an operation, but having a hysterectomy can have a…

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…
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