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Is IVF right for you?

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is the best-known treatment for fertility problems, but it isn't always the solution. Your GP or fertility clinic can help you decide if it's right for you. In many cases of infertility, medicines or surgery can give you a better chance of getting pregnant. If IVF is the…

Is my child too ill for school?

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school, nursery or playgroup when they're unwell. But there are government guidelines for schools and nurseries that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't. If you do keep your…

Is treatment abroad right for you?

Before you book your treatment abroad, use this checklist to help you feel confident you're making the right decision. Things to consider before seeking treatment abroad Your reasons for seeking treatment abroad Have you thought about your reasons for going abroad carefully? Make sure your decision is based…

Is your blood pressure too high?

It's thought around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure, and many don't even know it. Though more than half of them are over 60, a large number are younger. Could you be one of them? High blood pressure is common and often…

Is your hearing loss getting you down?

Finding it hard to follow conversations can take its toll on relationships, which is one reason why taking action to tackle your hearing loss is important. Despite the fact that deafness can be socially isolating, it can take up to 10 years for people who…

Is your teenager in an abusive relationship?

Violence can happen in teenage relationships, so make sure you know the signs and can help your child. Abuse in relationships - including those between teenagers - can happen to men and boys, but it's much more likely to happen to women and girls. It also happens in same-sex relationships.…

It's OK to say no

Don't feel awkward about saying no to sex or kissing, touching or any other sexual activity. 'No' is an important word in sex and relationships. Find out how you can say no. Nobody has the right to make you go further than you want to. You…

IVF and the risks of multiple pregnancy

Fertility treatments have led to an increase in births of multiples. But there are increased risks associated with multiple pregnancy. The aim of any fertility treatment is the birth of a healthy baby with minimum risk to the mother. To achieve this, clinics are being encouraged…

Julie's story: 'I accept I'll never have a baby'

For some people, fertility treatment never has a happy outcome, and they have to resign themselves to a future without children. Julie Kendall, from Saffron Walden in Essex, 51 at the time of this interview, has finally accepted that she and her husband will never…

Keep calm at Christmas

How to have a stress-free Christmas, including avoiding family arguments and sharing the workload. Christmas is a time for merry-making and family get-togethers, but it can have its pressures too. The family is stuck in the house, the kids are overexcited, there's the tree to decorate, presents…
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