See the NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments browser for an in-depth description of many common health issues.

Download our leaflet on how to deal with various minor ailments.


There are so many different types of contraception available that you should be able to find the right method. You may have to try several different things before you choose the one you like most.

Types of contraception

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Useful Resources

NetDoctor A Family Planning specialist writes about the different types of contraception, the benefits and pitfalls and how effective they are

Contraception – NHS Choices Information on Contraception from NHS Choices including why, when and how it should be used and with links to other useful resources.

A complete guide to various contraceptive options is available from Talk Choice.

The Family Planning Association can help you find a clinic offering free contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatments.

Marie Stopes International is the UK’s leading provider of sexual health and reproductive healthcare services.

A complete guide to pregnancy and your baby is available from NHS choices, offering information and advice on a wide range of issues.

Teenage Health Freak have information on everything from contraception to pregnancy, infections to virginity.

NHS Choices offer a guide to teenage pregnancy support.

You can download our leaflet on pregnancy and whooping cough HERE.

Information on the immunisation schedule for children can be found on our Vaccinations page.

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix.

Most women’s test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later.

NHS Choices – Cervical Screening The why, when & how guide to cervical screening

Cervical Screening This factsheet is for women who would like information about having a cervical smear test for screening. This means having the test when you don’t have any symptoms.

Cancer Research UK HPV Facts and information

NHS Choices – HPV Vaccination Why, how and when is the vaccination given and what are the side effects

An NHS Health Check aims to help you lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It’s for adults in England aged between 40 and 74 who haven’t already been diagnosed with any of those four diseases.

If you’re eligible for an NHS Health Check, you’ll be invited for a check once every five years. At the check, your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed, and you’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk.

The introduction of NHS Health Check across England started in 2009, but full implementation of the programme will take some time and is not expected until 2012/13. This means that some people may not receive their invitation to the check until after this time. Local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) will decide who to invite first, and how to contact people.

In the meantime, if you’re worried about your health, contact your GP in the usual way.

The checks are likely to be offered in GP surgeries and some local pharmacies. They may also be offered at other suitable and accessible locations in your community.

You can find out more about how to get the check in NHS Health Check and you.

Long-acting Reversible Contraception

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