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Coping with cyberbullying

Cyberbullying involves using technology to bully people. It can include texting, instant messaging, and posting on social media and gaming websites. Coping with cyberbullying can be difficult because it can happen at any time of the day. To make matters worse, bullying messages and images can be shared…

My homophobic bullying story

Comedy writer and performer, Doug Faulkner, faced homophobic bullying throughout secondary school. Because of his experience, he's passionate about tackling homophobic bullying in schools. He describes what happened to him. How did the bullying start? "I've always been an extrovert, and I was quite effeminate when I…

How do I change to a different pill?

If you want advice about changing your contraceptive pill, you can visit your GP, contraceptive nurse (sometimes called a family planning nurse), or sexual health clinic. You should not have a break between different packs, so you will usually be advised to start the new…

Will they tell my parents?

Find out about confidential sexual health services, including contraception, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and advice on unplanned pregnancy, even if you're under 16 years old. Sexual health services (contraception and pregnancy advice, or tests for STIs, including HIV) are free and confidential. If…

All about snoring

A quarter of Britons snore, and two in three do it so loudly that it keeps their partner awake. Famous snorers, past and present, include Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Tom Cruise. While it may be a source of comedy, snoring is a real problem that…

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…

Is broccoli a nutritional showstopper?

Abused by canteen cooks everywhere, the much maligned broccoli has had a makeover in recent years. From school dinner mulch, broccoli has been reinvented as a tenderstem, purple sprouting nutritional showstopper. "Broc" fans claim this Sunday staple can help combat cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Broccoli is a good…

Addiction: what is it?

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something. Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to…

Gay health: access to healthcare

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person you are entitled to exactly the same standards of care as heterosexual people in the NHS. Your rights are now clearly stated in the NHS Constitution, which all NHS organisations have to comply with. It's a good idea…

Is my vagina normal?

Vaginas are designed to help us have and enjoy sex, have periods and have babies. But what's normal and what's not? Find out how vaginas can be different. Dr Suzy Elneil, consultant in urogynaecology and uroneurology at University College Hospital, London, has worked with a lot…