Anorexia is often seen as an assertion of autonomy and control by a young woman who is engaged in a battle with her family and therapists.
Young women (and men) have been dramatically restricting their calorie intake for centuries, but not all the symptoms of modern anorexia have always been present.
Urinary incontinence is often seen as a degrading condition and women can feel too ashamed to seek help.
Women with urinary incontinence are often too embarrassed to seek help from their doctor. But there is more likelihood of a cure for those who receive treatment at an earlier point.
Girls star Lena Dunham suffers from endometriosis, a condition that affects one out of every ten women of menstruating age.
We must try harder to explore what causes endometriosis and not reinforce theories that imply fault on a woman's part, or are shaped by old ideas about women's roles and bodies.
Some women have experienced relationship conflict or breakdown over how the STI that led to their PID was acquired.
Pelvic inflammatory disease's traumatic consequences are unmatched by the low level of awareness around it. Left untreated, it can cause chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.
For about 5% of women, the symptoms of thrush recur or never really go away.
While most women will have one or more episodes of uncomplicated and temporary thrush, some suffer from recurrent episodes. These can be shameful and often debilitating.
Girls are socialised early and told normal functions of the female body must be spoken of, if at all, in strictest privacy, indirectly, and not to men.
There are endless euphemisms for women's conditions and body parts. If you can't name a body part, how can you seek medical help if something appears to be wrong with it?
Some women are very sensitive to small shifts in hormones, others aren’t.
In recent times, we have learnt more about the connections between the “reproductive” or gonadal hormones and the brain, and how they affect not only women but men as well.
Ideally, all states and territories would have consistent laws based on Victorian legislation.
Abortion is a safe medical procedure, yet half of Australian women may have difficulty accessing a termination because they live in states and territories that designate it a crime.
Marketing egg freezing as a way to extend women’s reproductive lives is simply false.
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The practice of offering egg freezing perks to employees is becoming increasingly more common. Facebook and Apple are in on the act, as too are some of our local IVF clinics.
Women are increasingly feeling embarrassed about their genital appearance.
New guidelines launched by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners aim to help doctors educate women about the variety of genital appearance and stop them having unnecessary surgery.
Three weeks of this bloating and it may be time to get checked out.
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Many common gynaecological symptoms can also be signs of cancer, so how long should you wait before seeing your doctor?
Demonstrators in support of abortion and contraceptive rights.
The Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling against mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, but the court leaves in place major—and growing—restrictions on women's health policies.
During the first few minutes after birth a baby can receive 80-100 millilitres of blood – nearly a third of their blood volume.
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One of the most common surgical procedures undertaken in the world today – one that every human alive has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth.
Ice-cream that understands PMS?
Premenstrual stress (PMS) runs the gamut of minor inconvenience to severe life-disrupting distress. So is the packaging for a range of “ice-cream that understands PMS” created by a 21-year-old American…
One in ten women worldwide are thought to have endometriosis.
Women with endometriosis say it affects their whole life, but they receive little support for managing this condition, which doesn't have a cure or a treatment regime without nasty side effects.
Painful but not taboo.
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Why does a disease which causes pain and infertility, and which affects around 10% of UK women, take up to ten years to diagnose? Endometriosis is common and debilitating. Deposits of tissue resembling…
Women diagnosed with PCOS often will have good outcomes with diet and lifestyle changes.
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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that disrupts ovulation and the menstrual cycle. It’s the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women. Women…
Hormones are one of many factors that can trigger or perpetuate mental ill health.
Political controversies often use the suffix “gate“ to embellish their significance. In pop psychology, the equivalent is the made-up “syndrome”, which involves a combination of symptoms and circumstances…
Channel 9’s new series Love Child made its television debut this week. Its storylines are based on the systematic practice of removing babies from young, single mothers from the 1950s to the 1970s in Australia…
Women’s ability to conceive and give birth to healthy babies starts to decline before the age of 30.
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It’s said that “40 is the new 30” and “50 is the new 40”. But, when it comes to female fertility, 40 is still 40, and the likelihood of successful pregnancy and childbirth has notably decreased from age…