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19/10/2015

Health: Cervical Screening and GynaeCheck

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GynaeCheck – HPV Detection Screening - £129*

A few weeks ago I mentioned GynaeHealth UK’s Target 100,000 campaign which was launched in order to promote cervical screening and engage women that are behind with the screening process. In order to do this a new product was launched; GynaeCheck is a self admistered cervical screening kit that detects the HPV virus. The test can be done in the comfort of your own home and only takes a couple of minutes. I was very kindly sent a GynaeCheck test to take and I thought I’d share the process with you in case you’re interested in it.

Before I was sent the kit I had to fill in a short survey with questions on my health and basic details such as my date of birth and address. The test kit was sent out via Royal Mail a couple of days later and arrived in discreet packaging – a plain brown box.

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Inside the box is a prepaid return box for you to pop your sample in, the vaginal sampler in a sealed bag, a container for your sample and some information sheets. When I received mine I was quite surprised at how big the vaginal sampler was (and how much it looks like one of those kitchen lighters!).

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I read through all the information in the pack and prepared to perform the test; it was really easy and a super quick process. You just have to remove all the packaging from the sampler and the sample container and make sure that your hands are clean. It’s advised that you lay down on your back and pop a towel down underneath you in case the water spills out when using the test. The test is over in less than 10 seconds, you just position it, press the button in and then pull it out. You then transfer the sample into the container before sealing it up. You can then pop the sample in the return box and seal it ready for posting.

After posting the sample I only had to wait a week for my results letter, mine was negative and I was advised that I would need to take another test in 2 years time. If your results are positive then GynaeHealth UK will contact with you regarding your next steps and will refer you to your GP.

In line with the national screening programme, the device is available to women aged 25 and can be ordered online for £129 (www.gynaehealthuk.com/signup-form). GynaeCheck also offer GynaeCheck+ which tests the same sample for chlamydia as well as HPV for £149.

I am so impressed with this service, for someone that never had time to go and get screened at my doctors surgery it was so quick and easy. If you’re struggling to find time to go then I would definitely recommend it, also if you’re not sure about going for your smear test for other reasons it’s a great option as it’s so quick and discreet.

Would you consider giving GynaeCheck a go?

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26/09/2015

Guest Post: Laser Hair Removal

Removing hair with laser devices has been popular for several years now. But, if you've never had the treatment yourself, you might be confused about a few points. So, here's a brief look at laser hair removal that should clear things up a bit.
Lasers Are Not Dangerous or Hazardous
There is no reason to be afraid of having a laser procedure, especially hair removal. In trained hands, laser hair removal machines are completely safe. They shouldn't harm you at all. They are simply designed to target hairs and hair follicles. Using both light and heat, they damage those follicles in an effort to prevent the hair from growing back for a long time, if at all.
That being said, you are likely to find that your skin is a bit red after treatment, and you might feel a little bit of heat during the process. In extreme cases, blisters are also possible. But those are usually more likely during other forms of laser treatment, such as wrinkle removal.
A Series of Treatment Sessions Are Likely to be Required
You shouldn't expect one laser procedure to be the end of your problems with unwanted hair. You are likely to see a big difference after the first session, but the problem won't be completely or permanently fixed. The number of sessions you will need will depend on the amount of hair and the type of laser that your technician uses. Generally several sessions are recommended at first. After that initial round of sessions it might be months or years before you need more treatments, if at all.
Some Shaving or Related Maintenance May be Needed
Even though laser hair procedure sessions remove most hair and may slow down or stop regrowth of some hair, there are bound to be some hairs that come back after a while. They might be lighter than usual, but they will still be present, and presumably annoy you. So, you may need to shave occasionally, but your shaving time should be cut way down.
You Should Find a Clinic That Suits Your Needs
When you start looking for a laser clinic to perform your procedure, begin by assessing your needs. How thick is the hair you want to remove? If it's quite thick, you will need a strong device. One such device is a YAG laser. If the hair isn't as thick, an intense pulsed light, or IPL, device might be a better option. But either way you will probably need multiple treatments.
If you happen to have dark skin, you will want to be extra careful when choosing a clinic. Many laser devices are designed to find darker hairs against a background of lighter skin. However, there are devices that can treat darker skin. So, with a little effort and research, you can still achieve hair removal success. If you aren't sure where to begin, you could always ask a dermatologist for advice. They are sure to be able to recommend a local clinic, or at least a type of treatment that would be best based on your skin type and needs.
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