The menstrual cycle

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August 12th, 2011

What is menstruation?

Menstruation – having periods – is part of the female reproductive cycle that starts when girls become sexually mature at the time of puberty.

During a menstrual period, a woman bleeds from her uterus (womb) via the vagina. This lasts anything from three to seven days. Each period commences approximately every 28 days if the woman does not become pregnant during a given cycle. (more…)

Penile discharge

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August 5th, 2011

What is penile discharge?

Penile discharge is the abnormal loss of fluid that is not urine or semen from the urethra (urine tube) at the tip of the penis.

It is commonly the sign of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and it requires prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment, usually by staff at a specialist genitourinary medicine (GUM) or STD clinic. (more…)

Health Tip: Don’t Let Menopause Get You Down

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August 5th, 2011

Menopause is a behavioral roller coaster for some women, who experience a host of emotions including mood swings, fear, depression and irritability.

The womenshealth.gov website suggests how to ease moodiness associated with menopause:

  • Make sure you get enough sleep each night, and stick to a regular sleep and wake schedule.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes almost every day of the week.
  • Limit how many activities you take on.
  • Find ways to help manage stress.
  • Seek support from friends, a peer group or get counseling.
  • Talk to your doctor about medications and therapy options to help you manage menopause symptoms.
  • Relax by reading a book, or treat yourself to some quiet time. (more…)

For women: things your Mum never told you about sex

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August 3rd, 2011

Even today, many British women say that they never got enough sexual information from their mothers (and fathers!). So no wonder many UK females are less than satisfied with their love lives.

Here are four facts that you almost certainly weren’t told by your mother. But knowing them could help you to a more enjoyable sex life. (more…)

10 Myths About Safe Sex and Sexual Health

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August 2nd, 2011

You know the best place to get information about your sexual health is from your doctor, but for whatever reason—convenience, privacy, or anxiety—you may one day find yourself searching the Internet for answers to intimate and important questions.

It’s great to learn more about your body and your choices, but explore those search results with caution: A recent Stanford University study on adolescent reproductive health found that health websites are often riddled with errors, omissions, and outdated advice, and that it’s not always easy to find the truth about common myths believed by many teenagers (and probably many adults as well!). (more…)