A mum says she developed liver damage which turned her skin yellow after going on the contraceptive pill. Laura Hutchinson, 27, says she had had only been taking the pill Rigevidon for a month when she developed jaundice and was left hospitalised for nearly two weeks. The mum-of-one says she has been left bed-bound for the past four months and told her liver will not fully recover until the end of the year. The manufacturers of the pill, however, say it would be 'premature' to draw a link between taking the product and Laura's health. Laura first went to the doctors in September after deciding to come off contraceptive injection Depo-Provera so she and partner Alex Brittain, 28, could try for a baby. Coming off an injection when they were ready to conceive would have taken longer than coming off the pill. She was given a two-month course of Rigevidon by her GP which she started straight away. But a month after taking the daily contraceptive, Laura says she started to notice the palm of … [Read more...] about Mum says that taking the pill has left her bed-bound because of liver damage
Coming off the pill side effects
In 1961, the contraceptive pill was launched in the UK, changing sexual health forever. Nearly 60 years later and there’s an array of options available to women who want to have control over their lives, futures and relationships. Ten years ago, nearly half of women using Sexual Health and Reproductive Services were swallowing a tablet each day, with the second most popular protection option being male condoms. Today, both numbers have decreased and various studies have shown that millennial women are seeking alternatives to the sexual miracle of the Sixties. In 2018, use of the implant has now overtaken the male condom and is fast catching up to the pill, while the number of women choosing to use Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARCs) has nearly doubled since 2008. But why are women today opting for implants, injections and coils over their previously popular counterparts? Forty-four per cent of women still take the pill each day in England but there have been growing … [Read more...] about Why are millennial women seeking alternatives to the pill?
IN this weather, it can be tempting to do anything to cool off. And for most of us, an ice cold drink is the first port of call. But, be warned...glugging back a fresh glass of iced water could leave you looking like you've been in a fight. That's what happened to Adam Schaub, from Houston, Texas earlier this month when he passed out after drinking two bottles of WATER, to cool off. Posting a warning on Facebook, Adam said: "Cold water is good, so how could it be bad? "Well yesterday, I found out." He was out working in 37C heat when his dad noticed his face was getting red, and suggested Adam take a break. "I immediately grabbed a cold bottle of water and drank it," he said. Moments later, Adam got into the air conditioned truck and had another bottle of cold water - and almost immediately, he started to feel "strange". "I started seeing spots, my stomach got extremely nauseous and my hands and feet started tingling," Adam said. "I felt like I was going to throw up so I opened the … [Read more...] about Man posts Facebook warning after drinking iced water in the heatwave left him looking like THIS
COLVILLE, Wash. - The morning of the long drive, a drive he took every month now, Kenyon Stewart rose from the living room recliner and winced in pain. He looked outside, at the valley stretching below his trailer, and again wondered whether it was getting time to end it. He believed living was a choice, and this was how he considered making his: a trip to the gun store. A purchase of a Glock 9mm. An answer to a problem that didn't seem to have one. Stewart is 49 years old. He has long silver hair and an eighth-grade education. For the past four years, he has taken large amounts of prescription opioids, ever since a surgery to replace his left hip, ruined by decades of trucking, left him with nerve damage. In the time since, his life buckled. First he lost his job. Then his house, forcing a move across the state to this trailer park. Then began a monthly drive of 367 miles, back to his old pain clinic, for an opioid prescription that no doctor nearby would write. "It's 10 after," … [Read more...] about Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids
Fields of rapeseed look pretty but really affect hay fever sufferers. Picture: Antony Kelly Archant Norfolk 2018 Hay fever season is here but, before driving, have you checked the side-effects of any remedies or medicines you plan to take or, worse still, are already? Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s advice not to be sneezed at. GEM Motoring Assist's leaflet, Medicine Drugs and Driving – The Facts. Picture: GEM I’d never realised how unpleasant and debilitating hay fever can be until I suffered myself. And, until then, I had assumed it was like an on-off switch – you were either affected by pollen or you weren’t. I wasn’t... until I was 36 years old and developed a snuffly sniffle, itchy eyes and sore throat. I put it down to a cold coming but it never got worse. Eventually I saw a doctor who told me it was hay fever. “But I don’t get hay fever,” I told him. “You do now,” was his reply. Mine is a minor … [Read more...] about Check side-effects of hay fever remedies and medicines before driving