Step into Alexandra Unichem Pharmacy where our pharmacists can advise on a range of women’s health products and lifestyle needs. Whether it’s adolescence, pregnancy, breastfeeding or menopause, women must be aware of their bodies changing needs during every stage of their life.

If you are trying to conceive, it is important to understand how your hormonal cycle works. We can talk you through testing kits that predict when you are ovulating, and explain how and when to use them. Pregnancy tests can also be purchased if you think you might already be pregnant. The correct dose of supplements is important during pregnancy, especially folic acid and iodine. Your pharmacist knows the best time to start taking these. Pharmacists are able to provide antifungal products for vaginal thrush, and teach you about oral probiotics specifically designed for women to lessen their risk of recurrent infection.

Services

Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)

Contraceptive failure or having unprotected sex can be a stressful situation. The risk of pregnancy can be reduced by taking the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP), and is most effective the sooner it is taken. Sometimes getting to the Doctor is not always possible or practical. An accredited ECP pharmacist is available in most pharmacies for consultation and provision of the ECP if appropriate.

Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

For Urinary Tract Infections, often referred to as cystitis or bladder infection, make your pharmacy your first point of call for advice and treatment options.

Urinary Tract Infections cause women considerable discomfort and pharmacists who have undertaken appropriate training are now able to offer effective treatment where appropriate. They will work through a thorough checklist to ensure certain criteria are met before supplying the medicine. The treatment, a three day course of trimethoprim 300mg tablets, is available to women between the ages of 16 and 65 who are not pregnant and who have not taken a course of antibiotics within the previous six months.

10 tips for healthy living

1. Make time to relax

Stress has a highly acidic impact on the body and too much cortisol (the stress hormone) may contribute to fat storage.

2. Get enough sleep

Get your 8 hours of sleep each night for optimal health. Having a rested body is vital for wellbeing.

3. Enjoy sunlight

Enjoy 15 minutes in the sunlight each day to help maintain healthy levels of vitamin D, which is important for calcium absorption, immunity and your mood.

4. Ditch the white stuff

Processed sugar and flour products are made up of refined carbohydrates that wreak havoc on your energy levels and weight.

5. Start the day right

Having a healthy and balanced breakfast with complex carbohydrates, good fats and quality protein will keep you satiated and provide steady energy.

6. Mix it up

Mix up your exercise routine. This stops you getting bored and losing motivation, plus keeps the body from plateauing.

7. Drink tea

Green tea is high in antioxidants and may help boost the metabolism, while herbal teas can be used to aid digestion and calm the mind.

8. Chew your food

Remember to chew your food 15-20 times per mouthful. This assists in proper digestion and makes it easier for your body to get the nutrients out of what you put in.

9. Drink plenty of water

It is recommended to have 2-3 litres a day depending on your activity level.

10. Nutrients count

Count nutrients, not calories. Choose foods that are high in healthy nutrition to ensure your body is left nourished and satisfied.