Unpleasant side effects from contraceptives are experienced by many women.
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Despite side effects, women continue to take contraceptives because there are no better options available.
I was motivated to improve the outcome for women with ovarian cancer by my experience as a junior doctor in London in 1985. But 36 years on, the results aren’t what we’d hoped.
Vaginismus is one of the leading causes of painful sex. Many people haven’t even heard of it, but vaginismus is extremely common and it can have a huge impact on women, their partners and relationships.
Just under one in six Australian women have PCOS but some are being diagnosed when they don’t meet the criteria.
Regular exercise reduces the risk of obesity and a number of chronic diseases.
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Just one in four Indigenous women play sport or are physically active, with many citing racism, cost and gendered expectations as barriers.
Australian women can have an early medical termination – which involves taking two oral medications – up to the ninth week of pregnancy.
Access to early medical abortion is an important part of women’s sexual and reproductive health care. Yet often country GPs don’t offer this service.
It can be difficult to get pain from endometriosis under control.
Women with endometriosis pay an average of $1,200 in out-of-pocket health costs a year. When you add lost wages and productivity, the costs add up to $30,000 per sufferer every year.
Half of women seeking second and third-trimester abortions do so because of foetal abnormalities.
If NSW decriminalises abortion, women will be able to access a termination up to 22 weeks’ gestation. But such cut-offs are arbitrary and should be abandoned.
The procedure is still experimental and there’s so much we don’t know about it.
Don’t get too excited about the prospect of freezing ovarian tissue to postpone menopause. The costs, risks and unknowns are likely to outweigh the potential benefits.
In women with endometriosis, tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus, causing pain and infertility.
The research, mostly in mice, delivers some interesting new insights about endometriosis but we still haven’t found the cause, let alone a cure.
Tampons absorb menstrual fluid whereas menstrual cups collect it.
A recent study found menstrual cups were as safe as tampons and had similar or lower levels of leakage.
Women who have had pre-eclampsia have twice the risk of heart disease throughout their lifetime than their peers.
Symptoms of pre-eclampsia, including high blood pressure, usually resolve by about two months after the birth. But some health problems can develop later.
More women would favour the pill over less reliable forms of contraception if it was available without prescription.
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New modelling shows skipping the need for a doctors’ prescription and going straight to a pharmacist for the pill could save the health system A$96 million a year and improve women’s health outcomes.
Being separated from their children affects the mental well-being of Aboriginal mothers in prison.
Aboriginal mothers in prison feel intergenerational trauma and the forced removal of their children are the most significant factors impacting their health and well-being.
BPD is common, affecting 1-4% of Australians.
People with borderline personality disorder are often treated as if they have a personality flaw, rather than mental health issues stemming from trauma. It’s time we changed its name.
A medical abortion is induced with medication, while a surgical abortion is performed with instruments in a clinic or hospital operating theatre.
The medical abortion drug mifepristone has been available in Australian for the past 13 years but it’s still out of reach for many women who decide to terminate their pregnancy.
Some men don’t realise their abusive behaviour constitutes domestic violence. This needs to change.
What’s often missing from domestic violence responses are investments and strategies to stop men perpetrating violence in the first place.
Some doctors’ websites make false claims to encourage women to have genital cosmetic surgery.
Some doctors’ websites give the impression that women’s genitals that diverge from the “ideal” need surgery. This is nonsense – genitals are as diverse as our faces.
We’re having less sex than we used to.
Australians report having sex once or twice a week, on average, but there are many variables. And that’s assuming people’s estimates are accurate.
Australia’s alcohol guidelines recommend women and men drink no more than two standard drinks per day.
When it comes to drinking at risky levels, women are catching up to men. Problem is, women start to have alcohol-related problems sooner and at lower drinking levels than men.