3 health essentials all women should know
When it comes to your well-being, you might think you have it sussed. However, there could be a few health essentials that you’re not too familiar with. From accessing the morning after pill to tackling period pain, here are three top tips every woman should know.
The morning after pill is easier to access than you might think
The morning after pill is a tablet that is taken after unprotected sex to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. Levonelle and ellaOne are the two types available, and they need to be taken within a specific time frame after sex in order to be effective. Many women are under the impression that accessing this type of emergency contraception is an embarrassing and difficult process. However, it’s actually much easier to get than you might think.
The morning after pill is available from a wide range of places, including your GP surgery, local chemists and sexual health clinics. To make sure it’s suitable for you to use, you may be asked a few simple health questions first. If you’re keen to avoid a conversation like this in person, you can access the morning after pill online from reputable websites like LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor.
Eating a balanced diet can help improve your hair health
We all know that sticking to a balanced, nutritious diet is important if you want to stay feeling fit and healthy, but did you know that the foods you eat can also have an impact on your hair? So, if you dream of having a shiny, lustrous locks, making a few simple changes to your diet could help.
For example, protein can help strengthen your tresses, so make sure you’re filling up on foods such as turkey, chicken and dairy products. Iron can help prevent hair loss, so tuck into red meats and vegetables like broccoli, kale and spinach. Fish is a good source of omega-3, which can help keep your scalp hydrated, while biotin - a vitamin that can be found in egg yolk - can stop your tresses becoming brittle.
You don’t have to put up with period pain
When it’s ‘that time of the month’, it’s normal to experience some discomfort. In fact, it’s thought that nine out of 10 women have painful periods, and the symptoms can range from stomach cramps, to back ache, to feeling sick. If you tend to suffer during your monthly cycle, it’s important to note that you don’t have to put up with it.
The good news is, there are a number of self-help treatments you can try to help manage your pain. For example, taking painkillers such as ibuprofen, paracetamol or aspirin could help, or if you think you need something stronger, you could speak to your pharmacist about trying a targeted treatment. You might find that using a hot water bottle or taking a warm bath helps alleviate your pain, or you could practice some relaxation techniques. If your period pain doesn’t improve, you should speak to your GP.
Whether it’s being more comfortable with your emergency contraception options, putting a stop to your period pain or switching up your diet to improve the condition of your hair, keeping these tips in mind could help to make you feel happier and healthier.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with LloydsPharmacy