Sex toys are no longer sleazy, tacky or sold in back street shops; you can get them now literally gold-plated. Nor are they only for the lacking, lonely or weird - a huge proportion of women (slightly fewer men) use them and research suggests that those who do are are more, not less, likely to have good sex lives and solid relationships.
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Bladder control problems can be worsened at the time of the menopause. Dr Heather Currie examines the types, causes and explains treatment options available.
Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring female cancer in developed countries but earlier diagnosis and improvements in treatment are resulting in the majority of women surviving the disease. In the United Kingdom, whilst 44,000 women are diagnosed every year, 12,000 die from their breast cancer and this number is likely to fall even further.
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It is quite natural for women to lose sexual desire as a result of changes in their bodies that relate to the menopause or with their stage of life, however, there are treatments to restore libido and reduce tensions, says Dr Heather Currie.
The menopause can affect female sexuality and relationships by various means and sexual problems often occur both with the menopause and with ageing. Sexual problems are estimated to occur in 5% of sexually active women in middle age, yet many women do not disclose the problem...
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It is important for women at the time of the menopause and beyond to be aware of the factors that can lead to heart disease. The results of trials are awaited and consequently there is not enough evidence to suggest that H T protects against cardiovascular disease, however, when used for symptom control in the early years it will not harm heart health, writes Dr Heather Currie.
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The 1st question that you may be asking is “Why 50?” The answer
is that the magical age of 50 is associated with the menopause, and traditionally
with being “past it”, “over the hill”, “long
in the tooth”, “not a spring chicken” and regarding sex,
definitely “too old for that sort of thing!”
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