Dr Louise Hayes Pregnancy and Gynaecology Guides

Published October 31st 2023

Vaginal Health Content

A healthy vagina is crucial to any woman’s happiness and wellbeing. Fortunately our vaginas are pretty good at looking after themselves, most of the time. But is there anything you can do to help keep things healthy? And what can go wrong - and what can you do about it?

Published July 7th 2023

Thrush: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Diagnosis

The chances are, you know thrush all too well. Around three-quarters of women will get it at one time or another – and many will get rid of it only to find it coming back again, and again. Fortunately, for most women it’s temporary, and easy to cure.

Published May 8th 2023

Ovarian Cysts Guide: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Ovarian cysts are very common. Most of the time they’re painless with no symptoms they are often a sign of your ovulation. However, sometimes they can indicate an underlying condition that may need attention.

Published May 1st 2023

Vaginal discharge

Most of the time, discharge from your vagina is perfectly normal. It’s an important and natural function of your reproductive system. Normal discharge keeps your vagina clean and helps prevent infection.

Published April 24th 2023

Dyspareunia: Painful Sex for Women, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Sex can be one of life’s great pleasures but occasionally, it can be painful and cause worry for both partners. Painful sex is more common in women, with around 3 out of 4 affected at some point in their lives.

Published April 25th 2023

Lower Abdominal Pain: Causes, Types & Treatments

Lower abdominal pain in women can be caused by different conditions, from minor infections to reproductive system infections. There are many reasons why women of all ages experience abdominal pain. Generally, it’s very common and easy to manage if you know the cause.

Published March 9th 2023

Postmenopausal Bleeding: Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Postmenopausal bleeding is vaginal bleeding that occurs a year or more after your last menstrual period. It can be a symptom of vaginal dryness, polyps (noncancerous growths) or changes in your reproductive system.