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What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is an elective operation that alters or enhances a part of your face or body that you want to change. If you're considering cosmetic surgery, make sure you know what's involved before you decide. "Cosmetic surgery changes a person's unwanted, normal appearance," says Professor Simon Kay,…

What is insomnia and how much sleep do we need?

Sleeping trouble is the most widely reported psychological disorder in the UK, affecting a third of the population. Insomnia is defined as difficulty getting to sleep, difficulty staying asleep or having non-refreshing sleep. Having insomnia means that these difficulties happen three or more times a week, persist for at…

What is the male pill?

In the past 50 years, there have been few changes in male contraception compared with the range of options available to women. Today, the only contraceptive methods available to men are: condoms - a barrier form of contraception that stops sperm reaching and fertilising an egg vasectomy - a minor…

What services do contraception clinics offer?

Contraception clinics offer free and confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health. You can get details of your nearest contraception clinic (sometimes called family planning clinic) using the sexual health services near you postcode search. Most types of contraception are free through the NHS. You can…

What should I do if I miss a pill (combined pill)?

If you're on the combined contraceptive pill and you miss a pill, what you need to do depends on:  how many pills you've missed (you've missed a pill when it's more than 24 hours since you should have taken it) when you missed your pill (where you…

What should I do if I miss a pill (progestogen-only pill)?

This advice is about the progestogen-only pill (POP), or mini pill. For advice about the combined contraceptive pill, see What should I do if I miss a pill (combined pill)? The advice for a missed POP depends on whether your pill contains desogestrel or not. You can…

What should I do if my child has an eating disorder?

If your child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder, here's what you can do to help. Talk to them about it Your son or daughter may suddenly become withdrawn, touchy or even rude, which can make talking with your child very difficult - especially if…

What to do if you relapse after quitting

Many people who quit smoking relapse at some point. Don't be put off trying again. The key is to learn from what went wrong so you're more likely to succeed next time. If you're tempted to start smoking again, call the free NHS Smokefree helpline on…

What to feed young children

Like the rest of the family, your toddler needs to eat a variety of foods. Here are some tips on the different sorts of food to offer your child, plus a few that it's best to avoid. Fruit and vegetables Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and…

What to pack

Be prepared for your festival weekend. Only take what you can afford to lose as there's no way to make a tent secure. Glass objects are usually banned at festivals. Paperwork: festival ticket money and cashcard (keep these on you at all times) personal identification travel tickets details of who…