Category: Blog

Preparing for Endometriosis Surgery

Endometriosis is a Multi-System Disease It can affect your bladder, bowels, pelvic floor as well as the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Endometriosis can have impacts beyond the pelvis, affecting mood, energy levels and concentration. Sometimes, people feel overwhelmed by their symptoms and so it is important to build a team of experienced clinicians around… Read more »

Premenstrual syndrome and what to do about it

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is quite common – 90% of women experience changes to their mood and physical wellbeing in the 1-2 weeks before their period. Unfortunately, many women do not seek help and think that nothing can be done. The symptoms of PMS can include both mood problems and physical symptoms. These occur only in… 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 »

Testosterone deficiency affects 1 in 200 men

Also known as Androgen Deficiency (AD), Testosterone Deficiency affects men more commonly than you might think; 1 in 200 men under 60 years of age have low levels of testosterone. Unlike hormonal deficiencies in women, the clinical presentation – that is, the symptoms can be harder to recognise. There are a number of reasons for this… Read more »

Periods: What is Normal?

Periods, what is normal? Why are periods different for different women? Some women hate their periods; they have painful cramps, get cranky and feel more emotional. Others revel in a celebration of their womanliness and feel lighter and free after their monthly flow. Understanding more about periods can help us to manage how we feel.… Read more »

Need some Calm in your life? I have an App for you!

Calm. We all need a little help at times getting there. I’ve been ‘test driving’ a fabulous App called, surprise, surprise…Calm. The Calm App It has everything from calming music, guided meditations (of varying lengths and types – you choose), soothing bed time stories, film clips of raining falling through leaves or logs burning on… Read more »