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This article provides an overview of dyspareunia and uses a typical case study to illustrate the benefits of a physiotherapeutic approach. As Jean Hailes physiotherapist Janetta Webb explains, a high index of suspicion may assist in the detection and resolution of pain often suffered silently.
How many times do we hear, “Oh it’s just her hormones making her crazy”, or “It’s that time of the month again!”? While hormones are often blamed for mood swings – and we know they play a big role in the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause – what else are hormones responsible for?
Is anger the emotion of our time? Are we becoming more tolerant of angry behaviour? Is anger a necessary skill to survive in an increasingly competitive environment? Is the pay-off worth the physical and psychological costs of ‘living angry’? Is anger always a bad thing; how do women ‘do’ anger and what can we do to manage it?
If you feel like you should be lacing your drinks with kale juice or snacking on chia seeds, you are forgiven because knowing what to eat has become as complex as picking a mobile phone plan. Although TV programs like MasterChef have increased our ‘eating literacy’ so much so that we can now whip up homemade profiteroles and know that confit (pronounced ‘con-fee’) is more than putting on your slippers: the question remains, do we really know what we should be eating?
Over the course of our lives, our bodies, sexual needs and in many cases partners, will change. It is helpful to know what you can expect throughout different stages of your life, because having a good sex life plays an important role in your mental and physical health and wellbeing.
In this latest Medical Observer article, obstetrician gynaecologist Dr Eve Gaughan, covers the risk factors associated with ovarian cancer, and highlights the issues and limitations of current screening measures.
Detecting and managing subclinical thyroid disorders is challenging in midlife women. In this article, Cynthia A. Stuenkel, Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, presents the research findings and identifies some handy practice points for Health Professionals.
Dr Sonia Davison writes that androgens are important for cognition in women, explaining that androgen receptors are found in various anatomical locations throughout the brain.
Oestrogen plays an important role in regulating mood. Read this Medical Observer article and learn about the important windows of vulnerability that women face at different life stages and how this can inform therapeutic considerations and targeted treatment.
Gestational diabetes carries risks for both the mother and infant. This article in Medical Observer details the important practice points, risk factors and diagnostic criteria for this common health condition.
Read about the tools available to help GPs participate in improving patient health literacy.
Contraceptive use varies by age and culture. This article is an update that outlines women’s choices in Australia.
Few people really understand how memory works, but we do know that without it we no longer feel ourselves.
Around 1.2 million Australians – mostly women – live with osteoporosis.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that anxiety affects over 2 million people aged 16–85 years, the majority being women.
Pelvic pain affects up to 1 in 10 women and is abnormal pain below the belly button.
Incontinence or leakage is more common than most people realise – and it can be easily cured or managed.
What foods really are ‘super’ at different life stages?
It’s important to know that the genes you inherit do not necessarily have to dictate your health.
Contrary to popular myths, growing older isn’t a negative life experience for most people.