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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…

What's your BMI?

Use the BMI calculator to find out if you or your child's weight is healthy. This article covers: Your BMI result Ethnicity and diabetes Your waist size Children's BMI BMI limitations A body mass index (BMI) above the healthy weight range or too much fat around your waist can increase…

Wheatgrass: detox tonic or just juice?

The discoveries in the 1930s by US chemist Charles Schnabel, dubbed 'Mr Wheatgrass', have inspired a body of scientific research into wheatgrass that continues to this day. If you believe the hype, wheatgrass has a higher nutritional content than any other vegetable, protects against inflammation, builds…

When can I use contraception after having a baby?

It's possible to become pregnant again very soon after the birth of a baby, even if you're breastfeeding and even if your periods haven't returned. You ovulate (release an egg) about two weeks before your period arrives, so your fertility may have returned before you…

When pregnancy goes wrong

Sadly, some women may have to face a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy or the death of the baby. Use the links below to read about some of the things that may go wrong. If your pregnancy ends in this way, you will need both information and…

When sex goes wrong

Having sex without protection is risky. You're risking pregnancy, getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), including HIV, and possibly stress. Find out where to go for help if you have unprotected sex. Unprotected sex is any sex without contraception or a condom. You may have forgotten…

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…

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…

Where can I get contraception?

Most types of contraception are available for free in the UK. Contraception is free to all women and men through the NHS. Places where you can get contraception include: most GP surgeries - talk to your GP or practice nurse community contraception clinics some genitourinary…

Where can I get sexual health advice, now?

Forgotten your pill or had unprotected sex? Maybe you're worried about something? Here's what to do and where to go if you need help urgently. Click on the links listed here to go directly to the answer: Could I have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)? …