So, we find ourselves looking ahead again, to a whole new year. - What can we do differently this year? - What changes can
I am an NHS doctor working in Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare - qualified in 1986. My first novel Dating Daisy, was published on 27th July 2017. My website is http://www.datingdaisy.net where I publish articles about internet dating, sexual health and more ... I also write book reviews, have links to my own book reviews and some of the articles/posts from my own publicity campaign earlier this year. I am also now running guest postings for other authors, and have become an Agony Aunt! My special interest is Women's Health & Menopause. See my blogs on The Huffington Post, at Menopause Matters and my own Blog Life in Technicolour. I also write web content for example for Dr Ed online, and other sites. I adore Ballroom and Latin dancing in my spare time - Strictly Dance Crazy!
Imagine you have just been to a clinic and been told you have PID – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. You have probably never
15/12/2017 14:11 GMT
It’s that time of year again. We all eat too much, drink too much, and get a bit silly under mistletoe. Not to mention those
20/11/2017 14:46 GMT
I had a hair-raising drive home last Thursday in one of the worst rainstorms in the UK for years. However, I have driven in rain storms before, and it shouldn't have been such an inordinate problem. But it was.
08/11/2017 15:16 GMT
Having been diagnosed with genital warts, what do patients then say to their sexual partners, about the diagnosis and the chance of passing these on in the future? Current advice is to use a condom when having sex, during and for three months after treatment, but this doesn't seem very robust in the light of the above facts
11/10/2017 10:56 BST
Top of the list is asparagus. In the 16th century, it was widely believed that the shape of a particular food, gave a clue as to what it could be used for. Hence the phallic shape of the asparagus spear meant it must be good for sex.
31/08/2017 14:33 BST
Ok - here's the day. I'm on the blog first thing because yes - I woke up and the text was there on my phone. They must start early in that clinic - and working on a Saturday morning! Goodness me!
30/08/2017 16:32 BST
Yes, it's an amazing turn of events that I am proud to have been part of. Unplanned pregnancies can cause severe emotional trauma and whatever the decision that young person makes, the experience will be with them forever. Surely, so much better to have prevented that unplanned pregnancy in the first place.
24/08/2017 14:01 BST
Here's the thing - the choice of contraceptives now is quite baffling. I can see the mist of confusion settle on women's faces as I start working my way through the clinic leaflets, all about choice. I'm going to write this from the heart, having had 30 years experience as contraception lead for my team.
11/08/2017 13:37 BST
Here's the thing. So many people say to me in the clinic, that they don't need testing because they always use condoms...? Hmm. What does this mean? The problem is this. What people say they do and actually do are two different things. And in fact, they are probably not getting the 100% protection from what they think they are doing.
10/08/2017 11:50 BST
I had a sleepless night. There is so much humiliation in this. It's full of what ifs and maybes and I'm not good with uncertainty. What if I can't find the clinic, or I wait for ages in the waiting room, next to who knows who? I might see someone I know.
09/08/2017 12:10 BST
The other important factor is my day job. I am a sexual health doctor. I work in the clinics and do these tests day in and day out, for my patients. It should be water off a duck's back? In fact, it's all very well to give advice to other people, but when it happens to YOU, it suddenly feels very different.
08/08/2017 10:37 BST
Why on earth is talking about bodies and sex and STIs just so embarrassing? As soon as something goes wrong down there we all clam up pretend it isn't happening and run in the opposite direction from anyone who can help.
13/07/2017 13:23 BST
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