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Get information on different forms of contraception here.

Stopping the Pill? Here are 10 ways your body may change.

Pregnancy tests

When can you trust a take-home pregnancy test? Learn more about the different kinds of pregnancy tests.

Get the facts from Dr Rob Hicks.

Are online pregnancy tests reliable?


During a woman's childbearing years, her body will usually experience a menstrual cycle: a complicated cycle controlled by hormones to prepare her body for pregnancy.

Get answers from Dr Rob Hicks.

A missed period (amenorrhoea) can be caused by any number of changes in organs, glands, and hormones. Read more about it.

Learn about menstrual cramps and how to relieve them.

About 1 in 3 women in the UK have 'heavy periods' where they experience excessive bleeding when they menstruate.

Learn more about clots, colour changes and thickness in menstrual blood and what it might mean.

Find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatments for PMS.

Learn more about mittelschmerz (painful ovulation).

Spotting is the term used for light bleeding at unexpected times, such as in pre-puberty, between periods, during pregnancy or before or after menopause.

Learn about this alternative to tampons and pads.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding can occur between normal periods. Is it something to be concerned about?

Sexual health

Learn about a woman's reproduction system and anatomy.

Find out more about the female reproductive system and common conditions affecting it.     

Find out more about the cervix - where it is and what it looks like.

The vulva is the external part of a woman's sex organs or genitals.

Your uterus, also known as your womb, is a crucial, female reproductive organ. 

The ovaries and fallopian tubes are important parts of a woman's reproductive system.

Am I at risk of fibroids? Get the facts.

Read more about the symptoms, causes and prevention of vaginal thrush (yeast infections).

Read more about other conditions that you might mistake for a yeast infection.

Learn more about causes and treatments for vaginal itching, burning and irritation.

Some women try a dietary approach in trying to prevent recurrence of thrush. Does it work?

Some vaginal discharge is normal. Find out when to seek medical advice regarding changes in vaginal discharge.

Learn the leading causes and types of vaginal infections, and what to do about them.

Learn more about bacterial vaginosis symptoms, causes and treatments.

Learn more about the Bartholin’s gland, and how to prevent or treat Bartholin’s cysts.

Cysts can form anywhere in the body, including a woman's vagina.

Learn about pelvic inflammatory disease.

Read more about how doctors diagnose chronic pelvic pain

Find tips for talking to your doctor about chronic pelvic pain

Find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatments of uterine fibroids.

Learn about what endometriosis is and how to treat it.

Endometrial ablation is a treatment option for excessive menstrual bleeding, also known as very heavy periods or menorrhagia.

Cervicitis is the inflammation of the cervix. Find out more about this common condition.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause fertility problems, weight gain and other problems. Find out more about PCOS.

PCOS primarily affects how the ovaries work but it is also linked to increased risk of other illnesses.

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus (womb). Find out when and why it’s done.       

Read more about treatment alternatives to hysterectomy

A pelvic transabdominal ultrasound is performed in pregnancy to check foetal development.

Vaginal dryness can be extremely uncomfortable and can occur at any time in a woman’s life.

Learn more about what toxic shock syndrome is, what causes it, and how it's treated.

Learn the causes, symptoms and treatments of vulvodynia.

Learn the causes, symptoms and treatments of vestibulodynia (vulvar vestibulitis syndrome).

Find out the possible causes of ovarian pain, plus diagnosis and treatment.

Get answers from Dr Rob Hicks.


Female genital mutilation (FGM) describes the removal or partial removal of the external genitals of women or girls, or any other injury to the female genital organs without a medical reason.

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