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Sexual arousal in men

When a man gets an erection, his body goes through four stages of sexual response: arousal, plateau, orgasm and resolution. Stage 1: sexual excitement or arousal A man gets an erection with physical or psychological stimulation, or both. This causes more blood to flow into three spongy areas…

Sexual arousal in women

During arousal and sex, there are various stages of physical response. Researchers have identified four stages of sexual response in women and men: arousal, plateau, orgasm and resolution. This article describes what happens in a woman's body when she is sexually aroused. Stage 1: sexual excitement or…

Should I have a PSA test?

The PSA test is a blood test that can detect the early signs of an enlarged prostate. It is the most common initial test for men who are worried about prostate cancer. The test, which can be done at a GP surgery, measures the level of…

Should I volunteer?

There's good evidence that volunteering brings benefits to both the person volunteering and the people and organisations they support. Volunteering involves spending unpaid time doing something to help other people or groups, other than (or as well as) close relatives. Evidence suggests that volunteering brings health benefits to…

Should you cut out bread to stop bloating?

Is eating bread giving you bloating and other digestive symptoms? If so, you could be sensitive to wheat. Cutting out bread or changing the type you eat may help. More and more of us claim to suffer from a wheat allergy, so we shun bread…

Should you lose weight fast?

When you're trying to lose weight, it's tempting to want results as fast as possible. But losing weight fast is unlikely to help you keep the weight off - and it also comes with health risks. If you're trying to lose weight, you're probably keen to see, and feel,…

Sickle cell anaemia

Pamela Gyebi-Ababio, 18 at the time of this interview, from Croydon in South London, has three AS-levels and wants to be a doctor. She also has sickle cell anaemia. "I've known I've had sickle cell anaemia for as long as I can remember. I'm determined…

Sign up for weight loss email support

Sign up for 12 weekly emails to support you as you progress through the NHS Choices weight loss plan. Our weight loss plan consists of 12 weekly weight loss packs full of diet, healthy eating and physical activity advice.  Each email contains a link to the relevant weekly weight…

Sitting exercises

These gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls, and can even be done at home. Don't worry if you've not done much for a while - these seated exercises are gentle and easy to follow. For these exercises, choose a solid, stable chair that doesn't have wheels. You should…

Skin camouflage: Maria's story

Maria Angel talks about her experiences of living with a facial birthmark and how the Changing Faces skin camouflage service has helped. Maria was born with a Nevus of Ota, a dark grey birthmark with a bruise-like appearance, over her left cheek and eyelid. She also has a…
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