Indigenous health


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

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Contraception

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There is a lot of information available about Indigenous women's health that relates to chronic disease and illness. We have tried to provide information on 'everyday' women's health topics that are relevant to many women at different stages of life. We have also included information about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a condition that is quite common in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander women and a section on problems getting pregnant.

This information has been written to provide health workers in the area of women's health with access to reliable, evidence based information. There are fact sheets on each of the topics available for download.

We hope that this information will help women understand and manage important aspects of their health. 


Periods

It is important for a woman to understand how the menstrual cycle or period happens, what is normal bleeding, when is the fertile time and when she should see a doctor about her period.

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Contraception

There are many different types of contraception available to prevent pregnancy. They have different ways of working and some will be better than others depending on a women’s medical history.

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Planning a baby

There are lots of things to think about once you decide you want to have a baby. Preparing and planning for pregnancy will help a woman and her baby stay as healthy as possible.

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Problems getting pregnant

Sometimes it is not easy for a woman to get pregnant and there can be lots of reasons why pregnancy doesn’t occur. There are also things a woman and her partner can do to increase their chance of having a baby.

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Menopause

Menopause is the time when the periods stop and a woman can no longer have babies. The changes in the body’s hormone levels can cause symptoms for some women and can also increase the risk of some health problems.

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormonal condition which can affect physical and emotional health. It is very common in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

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