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Underweight teen girls

You may be wondering if you're underweight. Or perhaps your friends or parents have mentioned it. You can check by using our healthy weight calculator. If you're underweight, your GP, practice nurse or school nurse can give you help and advice. There could be a…

Using a sperm donor: what you need to know

Making the decision to start a family with the help of a sperm donor can be difficult, and there are many issues to consider. Here's what you need to know. Donor sperm can help you become a parent, regardless of your sexuality, gender, and whether…

Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking

Over recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid in the UK. Evidence is still developing on how effective they are, but many people have found them helpful for quitting. An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a device that allows you to inhale…

Vaccination ingredients

The main ingredient of any vaccine is the disease-causing virus, bacteria or toxin, but a number of other components are needed to make the final vaccine as safe and effective as possible. Vaccines contain "killed" (inactivated) or "live" versions of the disease-causing virus, bacteria or…

Vaccine side effects

It's natural to be concerned that you or your child will have a side effect after having a vaccination. While all vaccines have the potential to cause side effects in some people, the reality is that most tend to be mild and don't last longer than a few days. Some…

Vagina changes after childbirth

The vagina naturally changes after giving birth, and might feel wider, dry or sore for some time. Find out what to expect and the ways you can help speed up recovery. When you give birth, the baby travels through the cervix and out through the…

Vaginal ring

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 vaginal ring.  At a glance: the…

The vegan diet

A vegan diet contains only plants - such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits - and foods made from plants. Vegans don't eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs. Healthy eating as a vegan You should be able to get most of the nutrients you…

Vegetarian and vegan children

If you're bringing up your child on a diet without meat (vegetarian) or without any food from an animal (vegan), they'll need two or three portions of vegetable proteins or nuts every day to make sure they get enough protein and iron. Don't give whole nuts to…

Vegetarian and vegan diets Q&A

Read our answers to common questions about staying healthy on a vegetarian or vegan diet, from looking after your bones to healthy eating in pregnancy. What is a vegetarian? At what age is it safe to become a vegetarian or vegan? Can babies and children have…
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