Kyleena IUD: New, low dose hormonal contraception

Exciting news ladies! Kyleena is new, low dose hormonal IUD and it will be available after the 1st March 2020. Whoo hoo! This is a major development in women’s health care. Some of you will be familiar with the Mirena IUD – this has been available since 2000 and has been very helpful as a… Read more »

Blood test for endometriosis

A new blood test that can detect up to 90% of cases of endometriosis has been developed by scientists at the University of Oxford. At present, the most reliable way to diagnose endometriosis is with key hole surgery and then biopsy of suspicious lesions. Many women suffer for years with symptoms suggestive of endometriosis: bad… Read more »

So Many Contraceptive Pills, So Many Choices!

There are so many contraceptive pills and so many choices! How does a girl choose? First of all, we need to consider that there are different types of oestrogen, different types of progesterone, all in different doses. This can impact on potential side-effects. The most common side-effects of the Pill relate to mood concerns. But… Read more »

What’s New with the Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill?

Well over 100 million women around the world rely on the Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill a.k.a., ‘the Pill’.  Did you know that the earliest version of the Pill, called Enovid, was released in 1961? This was followed shortly by (surprise, surprise!) – The Sexual Revolution. And that’s a blog all by itself. Since then, the combinations… Read more »

Menopause and Your Vagina: What You Need to Know!

Menopause results in a number of bodily changes – particularly to your vagina. Menopause is a fact of life… It happens to all women. Sometimes menopause is a result of surgery (hysterectomy and oophorectomy), chemotherapy, or as part of natural ageing.  As we get older (from about 42 years of age) the number of eggs… Read more »

Sex, Intimacy and Cancer Treatment

Maintaining intimacy and connection with your partner during and after cancer treatment can be challenging. That special connection is important for wellbeing and helps us to live life to the full. There is much that can be done to rebuild and revitalise relationships. We sometimes lose sight of how to maintain an intimate connection with… Read more »

Sexuality and Aging: Q&A with Dr Tonia Mezzini

How does sex change over the different phases of adulthood?   Sexuality and Aging: As part of my work at Adelaide University, I was interviewed about sexuality and ageing. Some tough questions were asked! I hope you find the answers useful.   What are the reasons for sex? This is a big question! I might need… Read more »

PCOS: New 2018 Guidelines Released

The first ever internationally endorsed and evidenced-based guidelines for the assessment, diagnosis and management of PCOS have just been published. How exciting!   Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) A number of important changes are discussed in the new guidelines, in particular the use of ultrasound to support a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The recent… Read more »