Archive for the ‘Women’s Health’ Category

Listen Now – Professor Stuckey on Curtin FM

By Stuckey • October 4th, 2020

Professor Stuckey conducted her regular talkback session on Curtin FM 100.1 with Jenny Seaton on Monday 5th October. Listen to the hot topics this month: breast cancer, menopause hormone therapy, and life stressors.

A message from the Medical Director

By Stuckey • March 27th, 2020

At The Keogh Institute our prime concern is your health in this climate of the Covid 19 pandemic. Therefore, our specialist endocrinologists will cease face-to-face consultations for the time being and will consult with you by phone, FaceTime or Skype. We will try to phone you at the allotted time for your consult. If we are running behind please be patient. We will ring you. They will have access to your results as normal and any request forms or prescriptions will be posted out to you. Our Clinic Nurse in Charge, Peta Redfern, will field your clinical enquiries as usual […]

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

By Stuckey • 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 Stuckey • 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 Stuckey • 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 Stuckey • 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 Stuckey • 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 Stuckey • 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 Stuckey • 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 Stuckey • 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 […]

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