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Would you know if you had an STI?

Did you know that STI rates in England are skyrocketing? Recent reports confirm that cases of STIs are on the rise and sexual health services are struggling to cope with higher than ever demand for STI checks. For example: From 2013 to 2022, requests for sexual health appointments have rocketed by a third Gonorrhoea has…

The vaginal microbiome: What is it and can I optimise it?

You’ve heard of the gut microbiome, but did you know your vagina has one too? Vaginal bacteria are enjoying something of a media moment lately, with viral videos touting products to nurture it and advice online on how to optimise the vaginal microbiome. But unfortunately, some of what we’re seeing is more fad than fact-based.…

Why does it sting when I have sex? Is vaginismus the cause?

It’s supposed to be fun but every time you try to have sex, it hurts. Perhaps you’re feeling a ‘brick wall’ sensation that makes penetration impossible. So why does it sting when I have sex? If you’ve been experiencing pain during sex for a while, you’re probably feeling increasingly disheartened. And to top it off,…

Abortion in the UK – How is the first trimester of pregnancy terminated?

Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and don’t feel ready to be a mother? Everyone’s circumstances are different but the decision to end a pregnancy is yours alone and almost never taken lightly. If you are considering a pregnancy termination, you will need to know about abortion in the UK, what your options are and…

What does abnormal bleeding mean?

Are you experiencing vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you? Many women will experience some irregular bleeding (or ‘spotting’) at some point in their lives and it’s often nothing to worry about. But it should never be ignored because it could signal a problem. Here at The Gynae Centre, lots of women come to see…

13 Reasons you’re spotting between periods

You know it’s not your time of the month and yet you notice blood… While it may well be nothing to worry about, spotting between periods could signal a problem. What could it mean? Let’s break it down. What are the possible reasons for spotting between periods? What is spotting between periods? Spotting is light…

The success rate of medical abortion

If you have made the difficult decision to end a pregnancy, ensuring you have access to the best medical care is essential. Termination can be emotionally draining enough, without having to worry about care. For pregnancies of up to 10 weeks, medical abortion is frequently the treatment of choice for both patients and doctors in…

Fibroids: What are they and how do they impact me?

Did you know that the majority of women will have uterine fibroids at some point in their life? Fibroids are often asymptomatic, but can cause a lot of pain, inconvenience, and in rare instances lead to infertility. But what are uterine fibroids, what symptoms of fibroids should you look out for, and what can be…

How often should I get tested for STDs?

If you’re sexually active, you may be wondering: how often should I get tested for STDs? Sexual health is important. In 2022 there were 392,453 diagnoses of STIs in England alone – up 23.8% on the previous year. There is also evidence that condom use is in decline. Doctors in sexual health clinics are often…

How do I know if I have vaginismus?

If you are experiencing pain upon sexual intercourse or insertion of a tampon, you may be suffering with a condition called vaginismus. Many women silently bear this problem for years without ever hearing its name, so when they finally stumble upon it they commonly ask: but how do I know if I have vaginismus? Let’s…