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Vaginal ring

A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the vaginal ring.  At a glance: the…

What if I've lost a contraceptive pill?

If you've lost a pill, replace it with another from the same packet or one from a different packet. How you do this depends on which kind of pill you take. For example: a 21-day combined pill, such as Microgynon 30 - you take a pill each day…

Diabetes and sport

When Gary Blakie was 12, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It hasn't stopped him from representing the UK in the World Triathlon Age Group Championships. How did you react when you were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? "I was diagnosed when I was…

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 if I'm on the pill and I'm sick or have diarrhoea?

It depends on how long you're being sick or have diarrhoea for. If you're sick (vomit) within two hours of taking your contraceptive pill, it will not have been absorbed by your body. You should take another pill straight away. As long as you're not…

When will my periods come back after I stop taking the pill?

It takes a while for your periods to come back after you stop taking the pill. Most women will have a period around two to four weeks after stopping the pill, but this depends on you and what your cycle is normally like. Weight, health, stress, exercise and…

When to have vaccinations

Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the ages at which they should ideally be given. If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to…

Pregnancy due date calculator

The calculator on this page can help you work out when you might expect your baby to arrive. This will give you a rough idea. As part of your antenatal care, your midwife will also offer you a dating scan that will give you a more accurate…

Looking after an active toddler

Young children like to be active, and it's normal for them to have lots of energy. Keeping babies and toddlers active every day is good for their health. Looking after a child who is always on the go can be tiring and stressful, but there…

Leg and foot problems in children

When children first start walking it's normal for them to walk with their feet apart and waddle. It's also common for young children to appear bow-legged or knock-kneed, or walk with their toes turned in or out.  Most minor foot problems in children correct themselves,…