The Pill: a word of warning about overseas travel

  Travel can seriously mess with key mechanisms of oral contraceptives such as The Pill, rendering travellers susceptible to unplanned pregnancy. The most direct way they fail is through malabsorption due to travel maladies that induce diarrhoea or vomiting. Antimalarial doxycycline and high doses of vitamin C found in some jet lag pills can also inhibit the pill’s efficacy. Less directly, the time zone changes in long-haul travel can throw…

August 12, 2015

5 myths about the contraceptive Pill

July 23, 2015

Heard a rumour that the contraceptive Pill wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be? We’ve sorted the fact from fiction. MYTH: Long-term Pill use makes falling pregnant less likely A study at Copenhagen University Hospital last year found that levels of anti-Mullerian hormone and antral follicles, which predict fertilisation probability, were 19 and 16 per cent lower respectively in Pill users than those not taking a contraceptive pill. Ovarian volume…


What you need to know about laser hair removal

Signed up for a six month deal that’s promised you soon will be hairfree for life? Not so fast. Permanent hair removal is a delicate science, and not all the technology advertised is made equal. Here’s what you need to know. Sick of shadowy stubble the day after shaving but not quite masochistic enough for regular waxing? You’re a prime candidate for permanent hair removal. But before you type your…

April 3, 2015