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Menstrual irregularity in women of childbearing age is incredibly common, with a prevalence of up to 34 per cent in some areas of the world. Irregular menstruation is common in the extremes of reproductive age, i.e. at menarche and menopause; however during childbearing years, periods tend to follow a regular pattern, occurring on average every 26-29 days. Continue reading “[7 min read] Managing menstrual irregularities in primary care”
Breastfeeding is widely known to have numerous health benefits for both mother and child; however, for many new mothers, breastfeeding has its challenges. This article will explore some of the difficulties commonly encountered with breastfeeding and how primary care doctors can provide support to overcome these issues. Continue reading “[8 min read] Supporting breastfeeding mothers in primary care”
Sexually transmitted infections
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common, with around 16 per cent of Australians reporting having an STI at some point in their lifetime. The most common STI is chlamydia; other STIs include gonorrhoea, genital herpes (herpes simplex virus, HSV), genital warts (human papilloma virus, HPV), hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and syphilis. Continue reading “[7 min read] STI and cervical screening in Australian general practice”
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hyperandrogenic hormonal disorder affecting around 11 to 13 per cent of women of reproductive age in Australia. It is characterised by androgen excess, characteristically causing a polycystic appearance of the ovaries, but also manifesting as metabolic sequalae such as insulin resistance and menstrual disturbance due to anovulatory cycles, and phenotypic changes such as hirsutism. Continue reading “[8 min read] Managing patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)”
Menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation due to ovarian insufficiency resulting in a drop in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone, and actually menopause is only diagnosed when a woman has not had a natural menstrual period in at least 12 months. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age of menopause in Australia being around 51. Continue reading “[5 min read] Supporting patients with menopause in primary care”
Did you know that half of all Australian women is living with at least one of 10 common chronic conditions, and a tenth is living with three or more?1 Continue reading “[5 min read] Most common women’s health issues in Australia”
In this podcast, Dr Sharon Sykes (a GP with a special interest in Women’s Health) and Paul Elmslie (Founder and CEO of National Skin Cancer Centres and HealthCert Education) provide a guide for GPs in screening and supporting victims of domestic violence.
In this webinar, Dr Sharon Sykes (a GP with a special interest in Women’s Health) and Paul Elmslie (Founder and CEO of National Skin Cancer Centres and HealthCert Education) provide a guide for GPs in screening and supporting victims of domestic violence.