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Girls and puberty Q&A

Puberty is when a girl grows up into a young woman. Every girl goes through it, but it can be a tough time. Here are the changes to expect. When will I start puberty? Puberty usually starts between the ages of 8 and 14, but every girl is…

How to use self-test kits safely

You can get self-test kits for a range of health concerns, including infertility, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and some forms of cancer. These kits are available on the high street, online and on the NHS. Before buying a self-test kit, it's best to talk to a health professional,…

Life with a disability

Disabled people are often talked about as though they form one group. But every disabled person faces different challenges and health conditions. The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse…

Recognising the signs of domestic violence

Anybody can experience domestic abuse. Find out how to recognise the signs.  If you're worried someone might see you have been on this page, find out how to cover your tracks online. Anybody can be affected by domestic abuse and anybody can be an abuser. "Domestic…

Try our Eat4Cheap challenge

Find out how you could wipe hundreds of pounds off your food shopping bill and still eat a healthy diet. Taking on the idea that "healthy eating is expensive", NHS Choices has launched the "Eat4Cheap" challenge. The Eat4Cheap challenge asks you to see how much money you can save…

Medicines for children

Coughs, colds, stomach upsets and scraped knees are all a part of growing up. They're easier to deal with if you have a few essential medicines to hand. Click on the links below to go straight to: Side effects in children's medicines Relieving your child's temperature Treating…

Boost your quality of life

If your NHS Health Check shows you have a higher risk of developing vascular disease, it's reassuring to know that by leading a healthier life you'll improve your chances of living longer and improve your quality of life. Taking simple steps to improve your lifestyle - such…

How to cut down on sugar in your diet

We Britons really do eat too much sugar: 700g of the sweet stuff a week. That's an average of 140 teaspoons per person. Added sugars, such as table sugar, honey and syrups, shouldn't make up more than 5% of the energy you get from food and drink each day.…

Making a complaint

There may be times when you want to make a complaint about the services you have received. Making a complaint through the right channels could result in a better outcome for you, and may help improve things for other people, too. Please don't be reluctant…

Peer pressure

Sometimes it feels like everyone's trying to push you into having sex: your friends, your boyfriend or girlfriend, films and TV. But it's up to you when you have sex, and it's OK to say no. Find out how to resist the pressure. One minute you're…
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