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?
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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
A STUDENT hanged herself over Xanax withdrawal symptoms as it's revealed chemists are selling the potentially dangerous pills for £150 without a prescription. Raven Hunt, 21, was found dead two weeks after she stopped taking the anti-anxiety medication, which is blighting the lives of teenagers across Britain. Young people are becoming hooked on the drugs for supposed feelings of relaxation and it's often mixed with alcohol and cough syrup in a cocktail known as "lean". But for those trying to come off the pills, it can cause terrible withdrawal symptoms, including insomnia, tremors, vomiting, depression, psychosis and suicidal thoughts. Raven's family know only too well the devastating side-effects of the Class C controlled drug can have after receiving the tragic news that she had been found dead in Leigh Woods, Bristol, on April 13 last year. The sociology student at the University of the West of England immediately struggled with withdrawals when she stopped taking … [Read more...] about Student, 21, hanged herself over Xanax withdrawal symptoms as it’s revealed chemists are selling pills for £150 with NO prescription
PHARMACISTS are allegedly flooding the black market with potentially dangerous prescription drugs aimed at youngsters. Medication, such as Xanax, is then sold on through social media to people in schools and universities for as little as £1 per pill. An investigation by the Daily Mail claims to have found evidence chemists are illegally selling highly addictive drugs without asking for a prescription. One undercover reporter was able to buy hundreds of dangerous Class C controlled prescription drugs from a pharmacist in central London for prices higher than those on the "street".Xanax, which is used to treat anxiety, and sold 60 tablets for £150 without any questions asked. The reporter then requested tramadol - another Class C narcotic, which is only slightly less potent than heroin - and was told it costs £250 for 100 "capsules". After being told the price is "expensive", the chemist attempts to justify it by telling the reporter it's because they are "controlled drugs … [Read more...] about Pharmacists are ‘flooding black market with dangerous prescription pills aimed at youngsters’
FENTANYL is a prescription painkiller that gives relief from chronic diseases and is said to be 100 times more powerful than morphine. Here's all you need to know about the drug which Prince accidentally overdosed on - and is linked to at least 60 deaths in the UK in eight-months. What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a strong opiod painkiller that is used by many patients around the world suffering from chronic conditions. It works by stopping pain signals being sent to the nerves in the brain, meaning users do not suffer any discomfort. Due to its strength, it is highly controlled by doctors and pharmacists and cannot be prescribed for children. It can be administered in patch form or can be injected into the body via a needle or a drip. Hampshire Police Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, head of organised and serious crime in Southampton, said a major operation revealed the drug is becoming alarmingly more common. He said: "It's a cutting agent that is mixed with various drugs, and … [Read more...] about What is Fentanyl, how was it linked to Prince’s death, what is the drug used for and are there side effects?