Can men get thrush?

Three quarters of women will have a bout of vaginal thrush in their lifetime, and half will experience recurrences, but how does the condition affect men? If you get recurrent thrush you may well have wondered whether partners can get it via sex, or pass it back to you. I wrote this piece for to bust some misconceptions.

What to do about constant UTIs

Cystitis is common in women of all ages, but for some, recurrent infections occur frequently and have a detrimental impact on quality of life. For this recent piece for, I examine the latest thinking on urinary tract infections and look at how to minimise their recurrence.

“For most women, the problem is believed to involve a combination of factors. Increased genetic susceptibility: there are studies that show variations in genes for parts of the immune system in women who are susceptible; and bacteria with increased pathogenicity – often patients with recurrent UTIs have managed to acquire clever bacteria that are able to survive by hiding in the deep layers of the bladder or within the gut.”

How to orgasm more easily during sex

Many women will experience difficulty reaching orgasm from time to time. And for some, sexual climax remains frustratingly elusive. In this piece for Patient, I look at the common issues that can hinder orgasm and find out how women can improve their chances of getting there.

Sexual satisfaction is a key aspect of physical and emotional well-being, yet far fewer women than men report reaching orgasm regularly. Research by the Kinsey Institute shows that while gay and straight men climax in 85% of their sexual encounters, women having sex with women orgasm about 75% of the time. And for women having sex with men, the figure is just 63%. Women are more likely to orgasm through masturbation when alone, than with a partner.

How to cope with a genital herpes diagnosis

Busted some of my own misconceptions researching this piece for Patient about herpes – How to cope with a genital herpes diagnosis. There’s still such a stigma attached to this common STI, yet so many of us don’t know the facts. Even if you don’t have symptoms, it’s more than likely you’re carrying a herpes virus – 80% of the population have either herpes simplex HSV 1 or HSV2, though only a third will have regular symptoms (oral cold sores or genital herpes outbreaks).

What women need to know about autoimmune conditions

Interesting researching this piece for Patient on autoimmunity in women – it’s possible fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue (both of which I have suffered from) may also be on this spectrum…

Autoimmune disorders are on the increase and around 75% of those affected are women. Patient examines the causes and look at treatment options and self-help measures to manage these debilitating conditions.

What’s causing your breast pain?

Wrote this for Patient on breast pain for Patient – you might be surprised at some of the causes!

Breast pain, or mastalgia, is common in women of all ages and can often be a source of anxiety. Patient looks at causes and management options, and the symptoms you should never ignore.

The truth about getting pregnant after 40

Wrote this for Patient about getting pregnant after 40 – uncovered some surprising facts!

Is conceiving in your forties just a lottery, or are there key factors that can significantly lower or increase your chances of starting a family mid-life? Patient asks the experts.

The truth about egg freezing

Enjoyed researching this piece for Patient about egg freezing. Too late for me, my eggs are well and truly fried (!), but a must-read for anyone wanting to start a family…just ‘not yet’.

An increasing number of women under the age of 35 are choosing to freeze their eggs in the hope of preserving their fertility and delaying the reproductive process until later in life. Patient examines the latest developments in this area and dispel some common misconceptions.