The contraceptive implant is a highly effective form of contraception (approximately 99% effective). It is a small plastic rod, containing the hormone progesterone, that is inserted under the skin on the inner aspect of the upper arm. It works by thickening cervical mucus and can stop ovulation. The implant lasts for three years at which […]
Pre-eclampsia tends to occur in the third trimester of pregnancy, particularly around and after 34 weeks, and can also occur close to delivery and after delivery. It is a complication of pregnancy where the mother develops high blood pressure, swelling and protein in the urine.
Some mothers will have no symptoms at all except for swelling […]
Molar pregnancy, also known as Hydatidiform Mole or Gestational Trophoblastic Disease, occurs in around 1 in 600 to 1 in 1000 pregnancies. In this rare complication, the fetus and placenta do not develop normally, leading to a non-viable pregnancy.
Molar pregnancy can be partial or complete. Partial molar pregnancy is where there is a fetus with […]
Many people don’t know just how simple smear tests can be. They only take a few minutes, and Public Health England research shows that once women have been screened, 8 in 10 (87%) are ‘glad they went’ and that they were ‘put at ease by the nurse or doctor doing the test’ (84%). Regular screening is important […]
Amongst my most commonly treated conditions is sciatica, which is characterised by pain which radiates from the lower spine. This discomfort can extend through the buttocks and legs. This pain, which ranges from mild to excruciating (medically termed lumbar radiculopathy) is a surprisingly common condition. While the general population has an 80-90% chance of experiencing […]
Occupational back pain is incredibly common. It can affect most people when remaining sedentary or not moving from one position for long periods of time.
The most common presentations are: tightness, stiffness or pain through the neck, shoulders or lower back, but it can be felt anywhere along the spine from the head to the hips. In […]
Vitamin D is yet another vitamin most individuals are aware of, whether it’s from supplements or from your diet. Dr Mahmud, of the London Osteoporosis Clinic goes into detail about what this vitamin does for our diets, and why it’s vitally important for our bone health.
Our skin naturally produces vitamin D when exposed to […]
The last ten years has seen the online market change beyond recognition thanks to the sheer, awesome power of online reviews. Many people won’t make a buying decision without first reading through online reviews to check what other people have experienced. However, it’s not always clear exactly how collecting online reviews will help improve your […]
Patient reviews provide key insight for medical practices to improve care and increase patient retention. But how, exactly, do you ask patients for reviews, and how do you make sure that you get as many answers as possible to ensure the data collected is empirically sound and statistically relevant? It’s important to consistently collect feedback […]
Early pregnancy is a time for excitement, joy and hope. However, for some, it can also bring despair and grief, as this is a very delicate stage of pregnancy where problems could occur . Therefore, it is important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of potential complications in the early stages of […]