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Archive for the ‘Women’s Health’ Category

Find it difficult to discuss sexual issues? You’re not alone

By Jocelyn Tan • October 19th, 2016

A large women’s health survey has identified that although hormonal, fertility and sexual health are major health concerns for women, many women are unable to obtain the information they need. Health professionals, surveyed for the Jean Hailes’ women’s health survey, identified that sexual health problems in particular were one of the top three areas that female patients found it difficult to discuss and that many women needed more information on these topics, particularly in the areas of vulval irritation and painful sex. We understand that it can be very difficult for women to discuss these issues with their local GP, […]

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

By Jocelyn Tan • October 4th, 2016

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder. It is also known by its abbreviated name PCOS and sometimes as polycystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS is quite common, affecting between 12-18% of women of reproductive age and up to 21% of women in some high-risk groups, such as Indigenous women. PCOS can be a complex condition to identify because there are several symptoms and not all of them are required to be present for a diagnosis of PCOS. Also, very few women with PCOS have the same set of symptoms. What are the signs & symptoms of PCOS? Many of the symptoms […]

Natural therapies: Are they safe?

By Jocelyn Tan • June 8th, 2016

Chances are you’ve taken a natural therapy in your lifetime. It could be a multivitamin from the supermarket, some vitamin C at the sign of an oncoming cold, a natural digestive aid from the health food store or some supplements you were prescribed by a naturopath. You might have swallowed them down without a second thought, but as with any decision when it comes to your health, it’s important to stop and ask: is this safe for me? Natural doesn’t equal safe Natural therapies are often considered safe and harmless because they are ‘natural’. However, this is simply not the […]

The Delicate Balance of ‘Down There’

By Jocelyn Tan • April 27th, 2016
The Delicate Balance of ‘Down There’

You may not realise it, but your vagina is home to huge populations of micro-organisms. Before you shriek in surprise or horror, know that these tiny organisms are actually vital for the health of your vagina and your health overall, and it’s important to get the balance right. There are many different types of micro-organisms that are found in the vagina, but the main types are generally called ‘good bacteria’ or ‘bad bacteria’. Healthy vaginas are rich in good bacteria and these friendly micro-organisms help to protect from infections and keep the populations of bad bacteria in check. An imbalance […]

When Love Doesn’t Work: Sexual disorders

By Jocelyn Tan • February 10th, 2016
When Love Doesn’t Work: Sexual disorders

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching,  many people are reflecting on their own issues with their relationships. We look back on the initial days of romance with fondness and wonder why things are no longer the same. We ponder if we should bring up all those niggling little annoyances – the lateness, the obsession with their phone, your waning sex life. Like fighting about their family, experiencing problems with your sex life is so widespread as to be practically a hallmark of a long relationship. But while some waning in sexual desire is a normal part of a relationship and sex may disappear all together during difficult or […]

After Menopause: Combating the middle age spread

By Jocelyn Tan • October 14th, 2015

Menopause, also known as ‘the change of life’ or ‘the change’ is a natural event in a woman’s reproductive life. Usually occurring between the ages of 45-55 years, in Australia the average age a woman reaches menopause is 51-52. Menopause marks the end of ovulation and monthly menstrual periods, which can be either a liberating experience or a cause of sadness, depending on your viewpoint. Some women can experience early menopause naturally, due to surgery, primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), or after certain treatments for cancer. The physical and emotional symptoms experienced during menopause are caused by a reduction in oestrogen, […]

Coeliac Disease: New research indicates it is a silent cause of bone loss

By Jocelyn Tan • October 7th, 2015

Preliminary findings from the Keogh Institute’s study into osteoporosis and coeliac disease have been presented at the Australasian Menopause Society’s 2015 conference. The study has reaffirmed that coeliac disease can act silently and present via other medical conditions. Although it is considered that people with coeliac disease should be presented via gastric symptoms, our study found this not to be the case. In fact, nearly half of our participants with coeliac disease did not recognise any symptoms prior to diagnosis. When coeliac disease continues untreated damage occurs to the digestive system which prevents nutrients from being absorbed. This chronic malabsorption can result in a […]

Sexual treatments: The 5 worst to buy online

By Jocelyn Tan • September 28th, 2015

For many people sexual problems are too difficult to discuss with their doctor, so when issues start they take to the internet in the hopes of finding treatment. While this can be helpful for information (use our tips to help you),  problems start when sexual treatments  are bought online. Many of these treatments will simply be ineffective but some can be actively dangerous. Products being bought online from outside of Australia are not subject to Australian safety standards and can be made in unsafe conditions. The medications on this list (aside from Viagra) are banned in Australia for ethical or safety reasons, yet can […]

Women’s Health: What we want to know, what we need to know

By Jocelyn Tan • September 9th, 2015
Women’s Health: What we want to know, what we need to know

We were interested to see the result of the Jean Hailes Society for Women’s Health recent survey on women’s health. This survey of over 3000 women and health professionals was the first of it’s kind in Australia. The survey indicated that many women wanted more specialised women health facilities. One third of women wanted more women’s health clinic and one quarter wanted more doctors to be trained in women’s health. It also showed an unfortunate lack of knowledge in two important conditions painful sex and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).     This unfortunate lack of knowledge likely contributes to the frustration […]