Back to Top!

Women’s Health

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) are viruses that most of us have at some time of our lives. There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses and some of them come and go without any symptoms. Others can cause changes in cells which can lead to genital warts or invasive cervical cancer. Over 170,000 women were involved in trials of HPV screenings in England, Sweden, the Netherlands and Italy. The researchers combined the individual data to find out that the HPV screening was especially effective with women aged 30 – 35 years. The study proved that HPV based screening…

Your diet and womb cancer

Recent research from Imperial College in London suggests that the risk of womb cancer can be reduced by exercise and diet. In fact, the review of the data suggests that almost half of all cases of womb cancer in the UK could have been prevented by having a healthy weight and keeping active.  Womb cancer, otherwise known as endometrial cancer, is a cancer of the womb lining and is the fourth most common cancer in women in this country. Look out for the following symptoms of womb cancer: – Abnormal bleeding – Abnormal discharge – Lower abdominal pain – Pain…

Pregnancy and childbirth are physically and emotionally demanding on women. But they are also demanding on the men in their lives. A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that women’s partners also experience a loss of libido in the first three months after childbirth. For women, there are hormonal and biological changes which have a direct impact on sex drives. But there is of course the obvious issue of lack of sleep and the hard work involved with a newborn baby. Parenthood, even in later phases, is challenging to a couple’s intimacy and love life. There…

To kick-start a healthy Autumn, we’re posting 10 tips on eating clean. Eating “clean” will improve your mood, energy levels, reduce your cholesterol and improve your protection against degenerative diseases in the future. Clean eating means plenty of fruit and vegetables, plenty of water, low sugar and salt, low saturated fats and a large reduction in processed foods. The impact of this kind of eating can be felt within days resulting in a feeling of increased well-being, high energy and better quality sleep.   Tip number 1 is to cut down on your alcohol consumption.  Keeping your alcohol consumption to one…

If you are thinking of starting a family, these are a few tips to help you boost your fertility and conceive with more ease. Before you begin trying, you and your partner should consider having a general check-up, general blood tests including fasting glucose and a sexual health screen to make sure all is well before starting a family.  Here are a few lifestyle tips to help you improve your chances – some are more fun than others: 1. Healthy weight – it is important to try to be a healthy weight. Being under or overweight has been found to…

We’ve all been brought up with the idea that fruit is good for us and for many of us, that is absolutely true. However, some of us may suffer from fructose malabsorption, or fructose intolerance. Fructose is the form of sugar present in fruit. Fructose malabsorption results in increased amounts of fructose in the intestines. As symptoms of fructose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are similar, people are often misdiagnosed with IBS.  Fructose intolerance can be tested for at our specialist laboratory using a hydrogen breath test and treatment simply involves reducing your intake of fruit and other fructose-containing products.…

Feeling burnt out? A few tips

I’ve been asked to write something about the psychological phenomenon of burnout. This refers to exhaustion and reduced interest in work. Although burnout is not psychological problem detailed in the DSM, it is recognised in the ICD-10 as a “state of vital exhaustion”. Burnout is a serious issue that affects many people at some point in their lives. We are only human and the burdens on our time and our efforts, if consistent and without a break, can have long-term detrimental effects. Sometimes, burnout can feel like a disinterest in work and enjoyment, a need to sleep excessively and a…

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are very uncomfortable and painful. They can also potentially lead to much more serious infections if left untreated. In the hot weather, UTIs are more common because we tend to get dehydrated.  So here are a few tips to help prevent UTIs this summer: 1. Drink plenty of water This helps to flush bacteria that causes UTIs from your bladder and tract. When your urine becomes very concentrated in the summer, so does the bacteria. Most people don’t drink enough water at the best of times but in the summer, it becomes even more vital. Drinking…

Common causes of female tiredness

I was really honoured last week to be asked to give a talk to the American Women’s Club in London on hot topics in women’s health. In the first in the series, I gave a presentation on common causes of female tiredness that I’d like to share with you. In addition to the physical symptoms, I also discussed the difficult cycle of tiredness and emotional issues, and how after time, the lines are blurred between the physical and emotional symptoms. So here is my list of common causes of female tiredness: Thyroid dysfunction – this is a common finding in…

Please look out for the following symptoms of Ovarian Cancer: Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort Vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea and indigestion Frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection; Unexplained weight gain or weight loss Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling, bloating and/or feeling of fullness Ongoing unusual fatigue Unexplained changes in bowel habits