Sexual Health - Medic8 Health Guide

this section covers sexual health issues.

abnormal cervical smears

this article covers the consequences of an abnormal smear, and the following investigations and colposcopy to determine the cause.

an overview of vaginal thrush (candida)

most women have experienced thrush at some time in their lives, and some women find it difficult to cure the condition. this article looks the current treatments available.

bacterial vaginosis (gardnerella)

this is an imbalance of the normal bacteria in the vagina. this article provides details of the condition and what treatment is available.

cervical cancer and genital wart vaccine

a new vaccine has been shown to be highly effective at reducing cervical cancer and genital wart infection.

cervical smears

cervical screening is one the best preventive health tools for women. regular cervical smears can achieve early detection and treatment of gynaecological problems.


chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. this article looks at the symptoms, treatment and prevention of the condition.


colposcopy is a detailed examination of the cervix following an abnormal smear. this article covers how a colposcopy is performed and in what circumstances it is recommended.


condoms are the best way to prevent sexually transmitted infections during intercourse. this article provides recommendations on how they should be used.

depo provera

depo provera is a good contraceptive option for women who find it hard to remember to take a pill everyday. this article covers the risks and benefits of the injection.


(burning urine)

this is a common symptom that often indicates a urine infection.this article outlines a safe approach to make an accurate diagnosis.

emergency contraception

emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. this article details two common methods.

erection difficulties

erection dysfunction is a distressing problem for men. however, there are many therapies which can help. this article looks at the best treatments for the condition.

genital herpes

a diagnosis of genital herpes can be very distressing. this article looks at how the condition can be managed to minimise attacks.

genital warts (human papilloma virus)

the human papilloma virus (hpv) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. this article looks at treatment, prevention and current research.


gonorrhoea has been around for centuries. this article looks the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of this sexually transmitted disease.

hepatitis b

hepatitis b can lead to serious liver disease. this article offers advice on treatment and prevention of the virus.

hepatitis c

hepatitis c is a serious virus infection which may cause complications for a proportion of patients. this article discusses the infection, treatment options and how transmission can be prevented.

hiv and aids

hiv and aids continues to spread. this article looks at how the infection is transmitted and how to prevent it.

hormone replacement therapy

whether to take hrt is a difficult decision for many women. this article examines some of the controversies surrounding the issue.


the intrauterine contraceptive device (iucd) is the contraceptive of choice for many women. this article details the advantages and disadvantages of having an iud.

non-specific urethritis (nsu)

nsu is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases among men. this article looks at the symptoms and treatment of the condition.

oral contraceptive pill

the pill has been used by most sexually active women at some time. this article provides a broad overview of how it works, and the risks and benefits of its use.

pelvic inflammatory disease

pelvic inflammatory disease is a serious disorder which can lead to infertility. this article discusses the symptoms and what can be done to help.

polycystic ovarian syndrome

polycystic ovarian syndrome is a leading cause of infertility. this article looks at the symptoms and treatment of the condition.

premature ejaculation

premature ejaculation is a common problem in males. this article looks at techniques to help prevent premature ejaculation.

sexual pain (dyspareunia)

pain during sexual intercourse can be caused by many underlying conditions. this article looks at some of these, and suggestions for treating the problem.

sexually transmitted diseases

the range of stds continues to increase, with the finding that more diseases can be spread through sexual activity. this article provides an overview of stds and the role of condoms in helping to prevent them.

Surviving sexual assault


syphilis was once one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. although it is less common in modern times, transmission is still possible. this article details the symptoms and treatment.

the mini pill

the mini pill is a useful alternative for women who cannot use the combined oral contraceptive pill. this article provides advice on how it is used and common side effects.

the mirena iud

the mirena is a new contraceptive. it is an iud which releases a progestogen hormone to stop conception and help reduce heavy periods. this article looks the benefits and possible side effects.

thin prep cervical smear tests

the new thin prep pap smear test uses the latest technology to test for pre-cancerous changes on the cervix. this article looks at the advantages over the traditional screening method.


this is a fairly uncommon sexually transmitted disease which is linked to other stds. this article looks at the symptoms and treatment of the infection.


a vasectomy is a good contraceptive option for couples in a stable relationship who have completed their families. this guide details how the procedure is carried out.


viagra is considered a breakthrough in the treatment of erection problems. this article profiles the medication and its side effects.


this medicine is used to treat shingles and genital herpes. this article profiles the drug and how it should be used.

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