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Got a niggle or an unusual symptom? Follow our guide to age-related period problems and new ways to solve them.

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Chlamydia

The number of women being diagnosed with chlamydia has risen sharply in recent years. The increase is thought to be down to both better testing and women having more sexual partners.
Chlamydia often has no obvious symptoms but, if left untreated, can cause infertility. ‘Use condoms with a new partner,' says Lynn Hearton of the Family Planning Association.

- For more information visit the FPA website

 

PMS

90 per cent of women experience PMS, but what's the latest treatment for it? 'A new Pill called YAZ should be available on the NHS this year. It uses a different type of progesterone, which has beneficial side effects to women who have PMS,' says Dr Nick Panay of the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS).

For a natural option, try extract of agnus castus, from health stores.

-For more information visit the PMS website

 

Endometriosis

Endometriosis happens when the tissue lining the womb grows on other organs. It affects 10 per cent of women aged 16-50. Common symptoms include painful, heavy or irregular periods and pain during sex. There are a range of treatments and a new pill called Visanne should be available on the NHS later this year. Caroline Overton, medical advisor for Endometriosis UK, says, ‘Visanne contains a synthetic hormone called dienogest. Studies have shown it reduces pain and endometriosis lesions.'

-For more information visit the endometriosis website

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Khowells

It's great that there are more articles like this. I have just read it. I am pleased that I can share my comment saying that I took Yaz. This pill made me ill. There are side effects to it. I had severe cramping you can never imagine, my hair became greasy and I generally felt unwell. Went to the gyno being french got shouted at, saying its all in my head!!!! Maybe as I am a published writer. But I was told to go away and let my GP deal with it. This was in 2009. I do sometimes get episodes of severe cramping just before my period, they put it down to consipation. You think the NHS is bad, try coming to live in France.

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