QWhile I was having my smear test recently, the nurse said I had cysts on my cervix, but seemed unconcerned about them. Now I’m really worried, but I’m too scared to have another examination. Jane, Bristol
ANabothian cysts are harmless, mucus-filled cysts on the cervix. As they don’t cause discomfort or other symptoms, they’re most often first found during pelvic examinations. They don’t usually need treatment.
QI have lots of spots but, instead of them being large and red, I have loads of little bumps, some black and some white. What can I use to stop them? Felicity, Moorgate
AThis is known as comedonal acne. Use oil-free cosmetics and wash your face with mild soap and water twice daily, if possible. Try to avoid eating lots of fats, milk or sugars, and ask your pharmacist to recommend a good spot cream.
QMy wife died some while ago and I’d like to have another relationship in the future. But I’m concerned about sexually transmitted diseases. Edward, Richmond
AYou’re right to be cautious, as there’s a risk of STIS from any new relationship. Use barrier protection until it is clear that there are no sexual health risks.