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Pap tests are changing in Australia – what does this mean for you?

By Jocelyn Tan • February 15th, 2017

Before we get started, here are a few handy facts: The Pap test (also called the Pap smear test) is a simple test that checks for changes to the cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer The cervix is a part of the female reproductive system that connects the top of the vagina with the base of the uterus (womb) Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by a virus called HPV, which is short for human papillomavirus and also known as the ‘wart virus’.   So, what’s changing with the current Pap test? On May […]

Merry Christmas from the Keogh

By Jocelyn Tan • December 22nd, 2016
Merry Christmas from the Keogh

We shall be closing for the Christmas break from the 22nd of December through to the 3rd of January. We hope you have a safe and joyous holiday and look forward to seeing you again in the new year.

Dr Palmer retirement

By Jocelyn Tan • December 7th, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce Dr Neil Palmer has left us at the Keogh Institute for a very well earned retirement. Dr Palmer has been working with us at the Keogh Institute for twenty two years, becoming an essential part of the men’s health clinics. His commitment to men’s sexual health was shown through his involvement in clinical trials for these conditions, including the trials for the development of Cialis; his publications and his work on treatment advisory boards. Although we will miss Dr Palmer, we hope that he will enjoy a happy and relaxing retirement with […]

Taking menopause to heart

By Jocelyn Tan • November 2nd, 2016

When you’re going through menopause, it’s not just your hormones that are changing – your heart health can change as well. You may be surprised to know that heart disease is the number-one cause of death for women over 50 years of age. In fact, women are four times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer. The good news is, most forms of heart disease are preventable and menopause is a great time to get proactive about your health. Making heart-healthy changes at midlife can set you up for better health in later life. Best of all, […]

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 […]

Losing weight improves your sex life: KIMR Staff research

By Jocelyn Tan • September 20th, 2016

Losing weight may improve your sex life and not just by making you look sexier. Professor Bronwyn Stuckey, medical director at the Keogh Institute, has published a new study indicating that for men, losing weight improves sexual functioning regardless of the dietary method used. The study found that  overweight and obese men increased both their overall sexual functioning and their testosterone levels when they lost weight due to being placed on an energy restricted diet. Men on the study lost weight via either a high protein, low fat diet or a high carbohydrate, low fat diet and there results did […]

KIMR study findings: Frequency and outcomes of PCOS

By Jocelyn Tan • August 30th, 2016

Researchers from the Keogh Institute for Medical Research in conjunction with the University of Western Australia and the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital department of Endocrinology and Diabetes have found that the frequency of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women with type 2 diabetes has been underestimated. The study, which was the largest ever conducted specifically in women with type 2 diabetes, found that among women with type 2 diabetes who had been admitted to a West Australian Hospital nearly 40% had a history of PCOS. This is much higher than previously reported. The study was also able to look at […]