Women's health 40-60

Exercise and bone health

Making a few changes to your lifestyle can lower your risk of developing osteoporosis.

Top diets review for 2015

Find a weight loss plan to suit you with our review of the most popular diets.

Women and heart disease

Heart disease is the biggest cause of death for British women. Use these nine tips for women to protect yourself.

Self-help tips to fight fatigue

Many cases of unexplained tiredness are due to lifestyle factors. Use these self-help tips to restore your energy.

How a well-fitted sports bra can reduce breast pain

Find out how a correctly fitted sports bra can help reduce breast pain, which affects one in three women.

'I started bleeding after the menopause'

Gabrielle describes how early diagnosis and treatment of womb (endometrial) cancer saved her life.

Menopause: five self-help tips

The menopause can make you feel you're not in control of your body, but these lifestyle changes can relieve your symptoms.

Is your blood pressure too high?

Avoid high blood pressure by making some simple lifestyle changes.

Periods: do I need a doctor?

Menstrual changes that need a check-up, such as bleeding between periods, after sex or after the menopause.

Sex after hysterectomy

How a hysterectomy might affect your sex life, physically and emotionally. Includes menopause and sex.

Beat the bloat

Tips for getting rid of bloating, including cutting out "windy" foods and fizzy drinks and taking regular exercise.

Ten ways to boost your health

Ten ways to boost your health, including tips for exercising more, eating healthily and stopping smoking

Lung cancer in women

How lung cancer affects women, including why female smokers are more at risk than male smokers.

IVF explained

IVF can be stressful, but it offers hope to some of those who may not otherwise get pregnant.

Breast cancer awareness

Not all breast changes mean you have breast cancer, but it's important to know what symptoms to be aware of.

Should you cut out bread to stop bloating?

Is bread triggering bloating and other digestive symptoms? Find out how to combat wheat sensitivity.

Vicky Joseph

'My search for a back pain cure'

Vicky Joseph spent years searching for a cure for back pain. Find out what finally helped her.

Hormone headaches

Hormone headaches affect more than 5 million women a month. Practical advice on how to prevent them.

'I had breast cancer and then cervical cancer'

Juanita explains the impact of cancer on her life, and how charity work helps others and brings her happiness.

Sex after the menopause

When the menopause hits, so can sexual problems. But don’t despair, there is a range of solutions available.

The top 5 causes of premature death

Reduce your risk of early death from one of the 5 big killers: cancer; heart disease; stroke; lung or liver disease.

'Dry January made me see alcohol in a different light'

Joanna gave up alcohol for a month for Dry January and soon noticed unexpected benefits.

Women and hair loss: coping tips

Losing your crowning glory can be a particularly cruel blow for women. But there are ways to cope.

Cosmetic surgery: is it right for you?

Ten questions to ask yourself if you're considering cosmetic surgery.

10 tips to beat insomnia

Following these simple lifestyle changes can greatly improve your quality of sleep.

Home remedies for common conditions

Get practical advice to deal with the 10 most common minor health conditions at home.

Eating disorders: advice for parents

Get advice on how to cope if your child has an eating disorder, including what to expect and dealing with mealtimes.

Life with osteoarthritis

Kathleen Smith, 55, describes life with osteoarthritis and how she manages the pain and immobility.

'I was petrified of passing psoriasis to my children'

Mum-of-three Ros Foreman explains how she copes with the daily challenges of living with psoriasis.

Are you at risk of breaking a bone?

Work out if you’re at risk of osteoporosis and breaking a bone in the next 10 years

Advice for women: The risks of drinking too much alcohol

An alcohol expert describes the problems that drinking can cause in women.

'Alcohol turned my face yellow'

Suzanne nearly died from alcohol abuse and damaged her liver so much that drinking again could kill her.

'How I beat urge incontinence'

Nurse Debbie Flynn describes how she beat urge incontinence with a technique called bladder retraining.

The risks of gum disease

The state of your teeth affects your overall health as gum disease is linked to health problems elsewhere in the body.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you


Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

Losing weight - Getting started

Develop healthier eating habits, be more active and get on track to start losing weight with our 12-week weight loss guide.

Weight loss pack

Walking for health

A guide to walking to improve health and fitness, including tips on getting started and making walking fun

BEAT ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer symptom checker

Take the BEAT test to check for signs of ovarian cancer


If you've been advised that you need a hysterectomy, you might have a lot of questions, such as: Do I really need this operation? How will it affect me? Are there any alternatives? Professor Lesley Regan advises.

Media last reviewed: 23/04/2014

Next review due: 23/04/2016

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'My cosmetic surgery'

Jackie, in her 60s, talks about her cosmetic surgery, including breast implants, tummy tucks and liposuction

Video: Rosacea

Get expert advice on rosacea, a chronic skin condition, with information about symptoms, causes and treatment options.

Video: ovarian cysts

Find out about the symptoms ovarian cysts can cause, long-term effects and treatment options

Women's health 18-39

Healthy living advice for women aged 18-39 including real stories, fitness, diet, fertility and sexual health

Women's health 60-plus

Healthy lifestyle information and advice for women aged 60 and over

Tiredness and fatigue

What makes you tired and how to boost your energy, with self-help tips and an energy diet

Guide to caring

Need caring advice? Read our guide to everything you need to know about looking after an ill or disabled relative

Food and diet

Find out how to achieve a healthy, nutritious diet to help you look and feel your best