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Women's health : Articles and features

Our articles and features are written by some of the UK's leading consultants, dentists, medical professionals and healthcare writers.

  • Menopause: a surprise for women in their 40s Oestrogen treatment 'still viable'Many women are surprised to find they are entering the menopause earlier than expected. In this article, Dr Vanessa Mooney discusses some of the symptoms of the menopause and what you can do to...
  • HRT treatment – how does it work? HRT treatmentYou have probably heard the phrases HRT, HRT treatment and hormone replacement therapy – the full name for HRT. All are used to describe the replacement of natural hormone levels in women during and...
  • Private Pregnancy Scans Pregnancy scansWhen you are pregnant you're offered two, or at the most, three, ultrasound scans on the NHS. The number and timing of the scans seem to vary depending on which area you live in and your age, but as...
  • 3D / 4D Ultrasound – Is it worth the money? 3D / 4D Ultrasound – Is it worth the money?Unlike the traditional 2D ultrasound scan, which creates a blurred, two dimensional image that just lets you make out the shape of your baby, a 3D ultrasound scan produces a much more lifelike three...
  • Menopause treatment: what can be done? Woman attending a GP appointmentMenopause describes the phase of a woman's life that signals the end of her childbearing years. Monthly periods eventually stop because the ovaries stop producing eggs. This doesn't happen suddenly;...
  • The cervical cancer jab – how does it work? Teen girl and medical staffThe cervical cancer jab has only become available in the last couple of years and is being given to teenage girls to prevent them developing potentially fatal cervical cancer in their 20s and 30s....
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome – what's new? Ovarian cystsPolycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition affecting at least 1 in 7 women of reproductive age. In this article we look at the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment options...
  • My doctor says I have ovarian cysts Ovarian cystsYour ovaries are two walnut-sized organs situated in your lower abdomen on either side of your uterus. In pre-menopausal women they store and, once a month, produce a ripe egg during the process of...
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) – how does it work? Pregnant womanChorionic villus sampling (CVS) involves taking a small selection of chorionic villus cells for genetic testing. This can reveal the presence of abnormalities that cause Down's syndrome, cystic...
  • The Nuchal Fold Scan - what does it involve? nuchal fold scanThe nuchal fold scan (sometimes known as the 'nuchal translucency scan') is performed at the end of your first trimester of pregnancy between weeks 11 and 14, with the most optimal time being the...