Conditions and Treatments

Each woman's experience of menopause is unique and most women will experience some type of symptom in addition to the ending of their menstrual period. This fact sheet explains menopause and offers some helpful coping strategies for women.

Many women explore options for safe and effective complementary or alternative medicine to relieve menopausal symptoms. This fact sheet provides an overview of lifestyle options and popular alternative treatments for women at this time.

Q: I was recently prescribed antibiotics for a urinary tract infection (UTI). I am taking the Pill but my doctor said I did not need to take extra contraceptive precautions due to the antibiotics. Is she correct?

Anxiety and depression are very common conditions that affect people of all ages, often at the same time. This fact sheet outlines the causes, symptoms and treatments for both conditions.

We explore why this time in a woman's life can be a trigger for anxiety.

Two-yearly Pap smears are being replaced with a five- yearly HPV test. We answer women’s important questions on the changes.

Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common reasons women visit a health professional.

One in twenty pregnant women in Australia is affected by diabetes. Although the disease can cause serious complications for mothers and babies, good planning and comprehensive antenatal care can keep you and your baby healthy.

We often associate eating disorders with teenage girls but a growing number of adult women are suffering from these complex conditions.

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to that which normally lines the uterus grows in other parts of the body. Studies suggest that it affects 5 – 10% of menstruating women in Australia.

Many adolescents experience discomfort with periods but more severe pain can be a symptom of endometriosis.

More than half of us will develop fibroids before we're 50. Many of us will never know about it, while others will experience painful, heavy periods, and some will have pregnancy complications.

It is not just artificial food additives that can cause food intolerances.

The number of women seeking genital cosmetic surgery(GCS) is increasing. We look at the different procedures available and what women should know before choosing GCS.

This fact sheet explains the different types of genital prolapse as well as the symptoms, causes and treatment options available to women.

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus. Depending on the type of hysterectomy being performed, accompanying organs such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries and cervix are often removed at the same time.

Q I am 22 and take ibuprofen for period pain and always take it with food. Recently, I read that this is not necessary. Can you clarify?

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a severe and chronic pain syndrome that affects the bladder. It is also referred to as 'painful bladder syndrome'.

Question: I am 17 years old and I am really concerned about the look of my labia. The inner lips stick out and one side is longer than the other. I am really self-conscious about them and was wondering about cosmetic surgery.

Over one million Australians already suffer from osteoporosis and this number is expected to rise due to the ageing population.

This chronic bladder condition often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Question: I have been told I have pelvic congestion syndrome. What does this mean?

About 10,000 women are hospitalised for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in Australia each year and more than 59,000 are treated for the condition by their GP.

We know that varicose veins occur in the legs but this painful condition can also affect the pelvis.

There are more contraception options available for young women than ever before. This guide will help you choose the method that's right for you.

Although they're easily preventable, sexually transmitted infections are on the rise and young people aren't the only ones at risk.

Question: I am aged 24 and recently noticed a small lump near the entrance to my vagina. It is not actually painful but it is uncomfortable when I sit and during sex. What could it be, I am really worried?

What was the aim of the study?

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, reviewed research conducted in the past 10 years on breast cancer recurrence and lifestyle factors to determine which changes can reduce the chance of breast cancer recurrence and death. Lifestyle changes included exercise, weight management, particular dietary changes, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and vitamin supplementation. 

What were the results?

Although the combined oral contraceptive pill (the Pill) has been available in Australia for over 50 years many women don't understand how it works. This article discusses the myths and misconceptions about the Pill.

Women taking the new-generation contraceptive pills Yaz, Yaz-Flex and Yasmin could have an increased risk of developing blood clots.

Three common vaginal infections in women are bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis (also known as thrush), chlamydia and trichomoniasis

Question: I would like to know what I can do or take to stop recurring thrush problems.

This fact sheet explains the phases of the menstrual cycle, when ovulation occurs, when women are most fertile, how the pill affects menstruation, when menstruation returns after birth, as well as outlining the most common menstrual problems that affect women.

Urinary incontinence affects women of all ages and is not restricted to women who have borne children. This fact sheet provides information on the different types of urinary incontinence and outlines treatment processes with the aim of encouraging women to seek the help they require.

Our Health Information Line receives calls and emails from women on a broad range of health issues. This regular column features answers to some of them.

'Vulva' is the general name given to the external parts of the female genitals. The skin in the vulval region is extremely delicate, making it susceptible to a wide range of conditions.

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