sexual health

Blogs about sexual health.

talkhealth

29 Nov

MHRA seeking views on accessing medicines for women

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is looking to speak to women to discuss the reclassification of medicines used for hormone replacement and oral contraception from prescription-only to medicines that can instead be purchased under the supervision of …

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Emma Hammett

7 Aug

Everything you need to know about cervical screening but were too embarrassed to ask

Cervical Screening Awareness Week aims to highlight the importance of regular cervical screening for women’s health. It’s an annual event – which runs from 10th to 16th June 2019 this year  – and is organised by Jo’s Trust, a charity …

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talkhealth

2 Aug

Birth rates, what food to eat to avoid heart attacks, breast cancer breakthrough & more

If you’ve missed the latest health news from the week beginning 29th July, catch up now in our roundup. Butter, red meat & cheese increase heart attack & stroke risks Too much butter, red meat and cheese are actually bad …

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Guest blogger

5 Apr

5 Common STD Signs & Symptoms

STDs hold the rare distinction of being both extremely common and deeply misunderstood. Indeed, while sexually transmitted infections occur frequently, many people don’t know the signs and symptoms associated with these conditions. The good news is, modern medicine has made …

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3 Apr

Here’s why you should always pee after sex

What women suffering from recurring cystitis need to know It may not be top of your priority list when you’ve just had sex, but anyone who’s experienced recurrent cystitis will tell you that a quick trip to the toilet as …

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talkhealth

8 Mar

Health Round Up – Smear Tests, Ambulance Response, Diabetes & Weight loss & More

Happy Internation Women’s Day! If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (4th March), we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Public Health England Launch Cervical Cancer TV Campaign The government …

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talkhealth

4 Mar

Ask our gynaecology experts your questions

Every year we run an Online Clinic on Gynaecology. And this year our clinic is sponsored by Babystart, Sylk Intimate and Promensil.  We are also delighted our clinic is being supported by The Eve Appeal and Womb Cancer Support UK charities. Meet …

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talkhealth

18 Jan

Correct portion size, diet, sandwich carers, cancer & more

portion size, British Nutrition Foundation, healthier portions

This week in health – 18 January 2019. This week we look at diet, portion size, research into concussion with premiership footballers, and teenage cancer and more. A snapshot of some of the key stories in health can be found …

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talkhealth

20 Nov

Valuable advice given in our prostate & testicular health online clinic

Our recent Online Clinic on Prostate & Testicular Health (5-16 November), supported by iMEDicare Ltd., Bladder & Bowel UK and The Urology Foundation, proved to be extremely valuable for a number of people who posted their questions anonymously. Understandably though, …

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The Urology Foundation

28 Aug

Here’s what could be causing erectile dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is among the most taboo subjects in our society. Yet it is an incredibly common occurrence, with an estimated 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffering and 1 in 10 of all men …

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Guest blogger

21 Feb

Everything you need to know about chlamydia

What is chlamydia? Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact (semen or vaginal fluid). Infection can occur via vaginal, anal, and oral sex and even when a man does not ejaculate. It is treated with antibiotic, usually azithromycin …

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talkhealth

17 May

This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?

Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, …

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16 May

What is Super Gonorrhoea and How To Avoid It?

Super Gonorrhea is a drug resistant sexually transmitted bacterial infection. When one is infected the normal symptoms would include thick yellow discharge from the genitals, pains during urination and bleeding between periods. These symptoms are not observed immediately; it takes …

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Guest blogger

21 Mar

Soft Laser for vaginal rejuvenation: an intimate makeover

Getting older may be scary, especially for women. One day, you will realise that you are just human: the body changes occurring with aging result in changes in function and in appearance. In the contemporary society, which increasingly values youth …

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29 Feb

Early Symptoms of HIV

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is responsible for causing AIDS (Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome). If you have contracted HIV infection, finding its early symptoms can help you slow the progression of disease down, while manage to control the disease efficiently. Acute Retroviral …

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8 Jan

Effective Treatment of Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is one of the most common yet silent sexually transmitted diseases (Gerbase, et al., 1998). With effective treatment, the disease can be nipped in the bud before it spreads in the body and becomes serious. Genital Herpes Genital …

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Dr Helen Webberley

9 Dec

Does the ‘Season of goodwill’ truly apply to all?

Christians and atheists alike are all looking forward to Christmas. We are lucky to live in a multicultural and diverse-religion society and although not all religions celebrate Christmas, the air of  festivity is felt throughout the land. As a nation …

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Dr Helen Webberley

19 Nov

HIV is not AIDS

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Charlie Sheen’s very recent and very public admission that he is carrying the HIV virus has hit all the headlines. Of course although a very private thing for him he felt he had to ‘come out’ to put an end …

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4 Nov

Chlamydia: “The Silent Infection’s” Symptoms in Men

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is notorious for its lack of symptoms – especially in women. The infection is caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis, and in up to half of the cases of confirmed chlamydia, an …

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Dr Helen Webberley

6 Oct

‘The clap’ hits the 21st century

Gonorrhoea, that most ancient of sexually transmitted diseases is back in the news again! First described as ‘the clap’ in the 16th century and possibly even referred to as ‘zav’ or ‘zavah’ in biblical times, the gonococcus (N. gonorrhoeaea)  has …

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Dr Helen Webberley

7 Sep

Transgender community ‘galvanises’ Eddie Redmayne by their kindness and openness

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At a recent press conference at the Venice Film Festival, Eddie Redmayne was discussing his new role playing the transgender artist Lili Elbe in his new film ‘The Danish girl’. In typical Redmayne fashion, the Oscar-winning actor wanted to immerse …

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Guest blogger

4 Sep

What to do if you suspect you have an STI

Packaged Condom in a Jean Pocket

If you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it’s important to act fast. Even if you’re anxious, it’s vital that you don’t make the mistake of burying your head in the sand and simply hoping the problem …

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Kerry

8 Jul

Smear Test Saved My Life!

To me, it is a no brainer!  If someone says to you, would you like a test that could potentially save your life, then the answer should be ‘yes, yes, yes!’ I am utterly shocked that in this day and …

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Guest blogger

11 Jun

Home Testing: A Revolution in Sexual Health?

When it comes to sexual health, knowledge is power. Many people have HIV and other conditions without knowing it. They might lack any symptoms, so they put off the testing that would enable them to get treatment – and to …

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Dr Roger Goulds

8 Jun

Should Boys be Vacccinated against HPV?

Doctor giving a woman a vaccination

As today marks the start of talkhealth’s online clinic on Sexual Health, I thought it appropriate to write about the most common form of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the UK. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is very common. There are over …

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Guest blogger

7 May

One-Night Stand: 3 Insane Tips To Keep It Safe And Successful

Along with house parties, learning how to cook and – yes – actually getting a degree, one-night stands can be an exciting part of the university experience for many. A university student’s sex life is definitely more fluid – it …

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Guest blogger

24 Mar

London Youths at Greatest Risk of STIs

With more than 3 million people in London affected by STIs every year, the young people of the capital city are at a greater risk of contracting sexual health problems than any other part of the UK. With serious effects …

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AnnA_R

9 Nov

Are Plastics Affecting Your Libido?

Low libido can be due to many causes, and progesterone does stimulate sex drive in women, but there is also a hidden factor in your everyday life that may be having an effect too. A frequent question for women at …

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talkhealth

25 Jun

Link between alcohol & risky sexual behaviour during the World Cup

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The Family Planning Association have undertaken a survey of more than 2,000 adults in the UK designed to find out more about drinking and sexual health/behaviour during the World Cup. They have discovered that alcohol plays a part in risky …

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Southdowns Private Health Care

24 Jan

I wish I’d done it sooner

One of our patients Daniel from Bournemouth was very worried about HIV. He thought he may have caught it after having unprotected sex. He worried about it for a whole year. We were able to perform an instant test, and he …

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talkhealth

13 Dec

Do you know what you are giving your partner for Christmas this year?

Everyone likes to get into the festive spirit at Christmas but our friends over at The STI Clinic have put together this video called “Christmas Surprises” to remind us it’s not always all fun and games. Have a watch and …

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Stef

30 Aug

Testosterone Deficiency: Should You Get Tested?

I received an email a few days back about someone having problems with his sexual drive. The email sender said his testosterone levels were found to be lower than normal. He then mentioned TestRush, a supplement that claims to boost …

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Guest blogger

4 Jul

Pfizer’s UK patent expires – but what does this mean for the patient?

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In recent weeks you will have no doubt heard or seen reports about changes to Viagra and Pfizer’s patent on the drug. Since 1998 Pfizer has owned the patent on Viagra, which means in has had exclusive rights to the …

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talkhealth

5 Jun

STI diagnoses hit 450,000 in England

STIs on the increase in the under 25s

According to Public Health England, diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections have risen to almost half a million in England in the last year with the highest rates of STIs in young people under the age of 25. This represents a …

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Guest blogger

5 Jun

Sweden has been named ‘STI Capital’ of Europe

Britain comes 3rd in the top 10 European STI league

Britain comes third in the list of top European countries that sought STI treatment. SWEDEN has been named as the sexually transmitted infection (STI) hotspot of Europe by a leading online clinic. Data taken from more than 3,500 consultations for …

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talkhealth

27 Feb

Reported cases of gonorrhoea up by 25%

Gonorrhoea cases increase

According to the newspapers today, reported cases of gonorrhoea are soaring amid warnings that sexually transmitted diseases are becoming resistant to treatments. Diagnosed cases are up by a quarter to around 21,000 in 2011. As a result the Health Protection …

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Dr Ed

26 Nov

10 Weird Names for The Condom From Around The World

Rubber, johnny, hazmat suit, whatever term you use, you can’t deny that there are plenty of names for the ‘condom.’ But English isn’t the only language with a penchant for amusing prophylactic slang. Here are some of DrEd’s favourites from …

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