By : Becky | Published : Thursday November 26, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
There are many contraception choices out there, and although the oral contraceptive pill is the most commonly used, not every woman has taken it.
There are some health benefits associated with taking the pill, such as the reduced risk of ovarian cancer, so is it worth taking as a precaution at some point in your life, as a kind of ovarian shield? Let's look at the side effects, risks and benefits.
By : Becky | Published : Tuesday November 24, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
My father, a heavy smoker all his life, has eight, yes eight sweeteners in his tea. He says it's because he can't taste them otherwise. I sipped his sweetener with tea on top and gagged my way to the sink because it was so awful. Do smokers need more sugar and salt because they've destroyed their taste buds and nasal passages? In the case of my father I think the words 'nuked to ****' might be a better way to describe his taste bud wasteland.
By : Becky | Published : Tuesday November 17, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
Menopause - that's miles off. I'm only in my thirties. BUT WAIT! If your periods are heavier than ever before it could mean the menopause is lurking. You may be in 'perimenopause' as we speak.
By : Becky | Published : Wednesday November 4, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
We know it's important to see the dentist because toothache is even more painful than standing on Lego, but it's not just tear-inducing pain your dentist deals with - they also check for mouth cancer.
The folks behind Mouth Cancer Action Month are not happy about all you dentist-avoiders so pin back your ears - this could save your life.
By : Becky | Published : Wednesday October 21, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
So 50% of us are on the fast track to obesity, according to the research. It makes me wonder what one half of the population is doing that the other isn't?
By : Becky | Published : Thursday October 15, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
Stoptober is upon us and it's time to reflect on our smoking habits. If you smoke and want to give up, now is a good time. There are plenty of resources to help you.
Two major smoking bans are in the news at the moment - a ban on smoking in enclosed cars with an under 18 and a ban in prisons. But do bans actually reduce the numbers of people smoking and those dying from it? What do the pro-smokers think about it?
By : Becky | Published : Thursday October 8, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
Oooh, look! It's a pop quiz!
No don't groan, feign period pains, or pretend you couldn't revise because a sinkhole opened outside your front door last night (it happens), we're not at school now and no-one is grading you. This quiz is simply so you can learn a bit more about the odder aspects of high cholesterol. And because it's National Cholesterol Month you never know who might suddenly test you. It's best to be prepared.
By : Becky | Published : Wednesday October 7, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
It's World Mental Health Day on 10th October. At any one time, 4 in 10 adults are experiencing a mental health problem in the UK. This means that, every day, millions of people are struggling with the impact that a mental health condition has on their lives, work and relationships.
Mental health and physical health are certainly connected. For example, depression and anxiety can cause physical symptoms. Let's take a look.
By : Becky | Published : Thursday October 1, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
Boobs are great. They look fantastic whatever size and give men something to think about. I'm surprised there wasn't a national day of mourning when The Sun decided to finish up page 3.
Our love affair with boobs is long-reaching. They've been a sign of good health, fertility and sexual desire right back to Ancient Mayan times. They also develop long term differences as we age. They are constantly changing, just like Cheryl on the X Factor.
By : Becky | Published : Thursday September 17, 2015 | Posted in : Personal Health
Our poor vaginas really do have a hard life. They give birth, bleed every month, and often have their hair violently ripped out. Is it any wonder that, as we age, our vaginas end up a little worse for wear?
What might happen you ask? Take a big breath, this may get messy.