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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are very common – so it’s wise to be well-informed and proactive about sexual health.  Many STIs can be silent- in women, Chlamydia may present with abnormal vaginal discharge, unscheduled vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, even silent Chlamydia infection can cause problems- such as scarring of the fallopian tubes, leading to fertility issues in the future.  Genital Herpes is thought to be carried by 1 in 8 adults, though the majority of these carriers are unaware they have it. However, they can still transmit it to others. People who are sexually active should consider regular STI screening- obviously  the more partners one has, the more often check ups are required. STI screening will usually involve a urine test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, and a blood test for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Syphilis.

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The mini pill-10 common questions doctors get asked

10 questions women often ask about the mini pill What is the mini pill and what is it used for? The mini pill (also known as the progesterone only pill or POP for short) is used as a method of contraception (birth control). It’s often chosen when the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) is [...]

Mycoplasma Genitalium- a common STI that people don’t know about

Mycoplasma Genitalium- a common STI that many people don't know about What is Mycoplasma Genitalium? Most people have heard of STIs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Genital Herpes, but there is much less awareness about Mycoplasma. However, we now know it’s quite a common infection, and doctors are starting to include it more [...]

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5 infections that can cause abnormal vaginal discharge

5 infections that can cause abnormal vaginal discharge   Vaginal Discharge - what’s normal and what’s not? Vaginal discharge is a natural fluid or mucus that keeps the vagina moist and protects it from infection. It tends to be white or clear, and normally doesn’t have an odour. Women often notice that their [...]

Bacterial Vaginosis- a common cause of vaginal discharge

What is bacterial vaginosis? A normal, healthy vagina is home to a variety of different bacteria. However, in Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) the balance is disturbed, and an overgrowth of some of these bacteria occurs. It is not entirely clear why this happens. The most common symptom is a vaginal discharge which is often white-grey [...]

The morning after pill- the facts & a new 5 day option

The morning after pill- the facts, and a new 5 day option Unprotected sex, a missed pill, a burst condom-there are many reasons a woman may find herself suddenly worrying about an unplanned pregnancy. Despite its name, the morning after pill is not just for the morning after- it can be taken at any [...]

Chlamydia infection- what are the complications?

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in Australia. It is caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. In women, Chlamydia infection usually affects the neck of the womb (cervix) and the womb (uterus). In men, it usually affects the urethra, in the penis. Chlamydia often causes no symptoms. If you have chlamydia infection [...]

Period pain- the facts and how to treat it

Understanding period pain- causes & treatment Dysmenorrhoea is a medical term for period pain that is bad enough to affect a woman’s usual daily activities. Sometimes non-sufferers don’t fully understand just how bad it can be. Women and girls can be reduced to total misery on a monthly basis- with fainting, vomiting, diarrhoea, and [...]