If your cervical smear has been delayed, it is possible to organise a self-test for HPV
What food and supplements should we be eating and taking during this coronavirus pandemic? A nutritional therapist advises
Testing times will inevitably raise the levels of your stress hormone Cortisol which can have negative effects on your body. Here are 10 practical ways of keeping yourself less anxious and more positive
In this, brain tumour awareness month, I discuss brain tumours and signpost the many resources which are there to support and advise.
I've written several blog posts about different cancer challenges and thought a round-up of those posts could prove useful to you in step with this global awareness day.
The first ever Paget’s Awareness Day takes place on the 11th January. To mark this I've written a blog post about the condition which, it may surprise you to know, is the most common bone disease after osteoporosis.
World Mental Health Day takes place every October. In this blog post I am talking about how to recognise and support those who self harm.
It is national cholesterol month each October so I thought it the ideal time to explain what it is and why it is both good and bad.
In step with Meningitis Awareness Week, I write about what to look out for if you are concerned about your friends or family
In support of Sexual Health Week, this blog post signposts information to help those seeking advice about the challenges of sex when physically disabled.
Media headlines sometimes omit putting a fact into context which is not always helpful for patients. In this blog post I talk about the latest HRT study.
During this, Men's Health Week, I am looking at the disparity in healthy life expectancy between men and women
In this, World Heart Rhythm week, I am writing about what your normal heart rate should be, how to check it and how to exercise for a healthy heart.
The UK is in the top 3 countries of having the highest incidence of allergies in its population. During this, Allergy Awareness Week, I discuss what to look out for and how to manage the symptoms.
To mark Parkinson's Awareness Day this blog post describes the symptoms that may indicate that you have Parkinson's and how this condition is treated.
As April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month I thought I would write about this the second highest fatal cancer in the UK
To support Eating Disorders Awareness Week which runs from Feb 25th to March 3rd. I hope this blog post raises awareness of the most common conditions
This year’s National Obesity Awareness Week runs from January 14th to 20th so in this post I signpost several useful links to help you reduce your obesity risk.
Why are more people thinking about using a Private GP
International Stress Awareness week runs from the 5th to the 9th of November this year. The good news is we are being much more transparent about stress and mental health challenges these days.
Like many things medical the treatment of menopause has many myths surrounding it. This is not helped by the sheer amount of information shared over the internet by people who are not necessarily up to date with the latest research..
In support of World Donor Day on June 14th I explain 8 ways in which you can help
Did you know that the UK incidence of malignant melanoma has increased more than for any other cancer? Here are the signs you need to look out for...
As it's ME Awareness week from the 7th to the 13th May I am writing about this condition which is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
To mark DNA day on April 25th I discuss genetic testing and counselling
In step with IBS Awareness month today's post is about food triggers that are generally best avoided.
In step with World Tuberculosis Day on the 24th March I discuss the condition that many mistakenly believe is a thing of the past
The main causes of cancer and how to protect yourself
Cervical cancer is the 13th most common cancer in women in this country with Cervical Cancer Prevention week running from January 22nd to the 28th this year.
As Decembeard – the fundraiser for raising funds to beat bowel cancer - is in full swing I’d like to talk about this beatable and treatable cancer.
The age of menopause often coincides with increased dental health problems. Is that contributory or coincidental?
Next week is National Arthritis week and as patients often talk to me about their joint pains and worry that they may have arthritis, I thought it might be helpful to explain a little more about the condition.
Each September it is Vascular Awareness Month so I'm taking this opportunity to share some latest research
On World Asthma Day I discuss this long term condition which affects 5 million people in the UK
There’s no doubt that good nutrition and small lifestyle changes can help with the menopause. Now, this may sound like simple advice but for most people making a lifestyle change is certainly not easy...
Most of us recognise the importance of our kidneys without perhaps fully understanding their role in our body. So on this, World Kidney Day, I thought I’d explain...
Angina is essentially a warning sign that your heart is not getting enough blood
What is blood pressure? What causes it? And what do the measurements actually mean?
More widely accepted in Europe and Australia than in the USA, some health experts still argue about every facet of male menopause - what it it, what to call it, and even whether the condition actually exists.
In my specialist areas of both Psychosexual Medicine and Menopause Consultancy I often hear the same question from my female patients abut loss of libido during menopause. That is "Why am I experiencing a lower sex drive?
Until we're in our mid twenties we enjoy our key bone-building years - in fact 90% of all the bone you'll ever have has been built by the time we are about 20. However, after 35 the building of our bone density slows and our bone loss increases as part and parcel of our natural ageing
When I am speaking to women’s groups the topic of menopause and the pill comes up regularly. So I’d like to begin by saying that just because your fertility starts to decrease from your mid-thirties it’s really not wise to stop using contraception.
As we get older joint pain is not unusual, so it is easy to miss that it may have been triggered by menopause
The diagnosis of premature menopause (Premature Ovarian Insufficiency or POI as we now call it) can be absolutely devastating - especially in a woman whose early menopause comes when she has not yet started or completed her family
It's not unusual to notice a change in the volume and condition of your hair as you approach menopause. hair loss in women typically manifests itself as your parting looking wider, your hairbrush more quickly filled with loose hair and more hair in the drain of your shower tray.
The combination of a decline in oestrogen and increased age can put post menopausal women at the risk of prolapse
Lots of women are asking me about bio-identical hormones. I want to explain what this means
Far too many of us forget how our hormones affect our moods, and getting hormone levels looked at is probably the very last thing women try when trying to address a bewildering variety of anxiety symptoms that seem to come out of the blue
The risks of Type 2 diabetes increase with age and its often diagnosed during menopause. It was already known that oestrogen and progesterone affect how your body cells react to insulin making it more variable and less predictable. However, recent research appears to have identified more specific links...
If you were to ask most women to list the symptoms they might experience during perinmenopause and menopause, itchy skin is unlikely to be inlcuded. However, despite the fact that this condition is less well known, it is surprisingly common...
When my patients ask if taking HRT will cause breast cancer I’m able to give them the facts and explain why HRT and breast cancer has been negatively linked in the past - and why they shouldn’t worry about that now.