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Men get chronic pelvic pain too…

Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) affects men as well as women. It affects men mainly between the ages of 25 and 50 years of age. The actual number of men troubled by this condition is not really known. Often men have been told that ‘it’s all in their heads’ and they suffer in silence. What… Read more »

Commonly asked questions about genital herpes

People often find a diagnosis of genital herpes to be distressing and shameful. It needn’t be so. Accurate information about herpes, and how it can be treated, reduces that distress. The following questions are just some of commonly asked questions – and answers – about genital herpes. Just imagine that you are talking to Dr… Read more »

Transgender Terminology 101

If you are a transsexual, transgender or gender non-confirming person, you are probably all over the language issue and have it all worked out. For those of you still learning about the fabulous diversity of the world.   Courtney Act Talks … Gender Terminology Courtney explains why using the appropriate language, pronouns etc, is just… Read more »

Vulval Pain is Very Secret Women’s Business….

Vulval pain syndromes occur when vulval pain exists and there is no infection or skin disease causing the pain. For some women however, previous infections and skin problems can trigger the pain, even when those problems have been successfully treated. The vulva is the skin around the outside of the vagina. It includes the labia… Read more »

When periods are a REAL pain

Painful periods are a common experience for girls and women around the world – however, that doesn’t mean that we just have to ‘put up with it’. Mild period pain that lasts for 2-3 days and settles with simple measures such as ibuprofen, paracetamol and a hot pack on your tummy is normal… ..Annoying, but… Read more »

No way, baby! Contraceptive needs in the perimenopause

A woman’s contraceptive choices and needs change over her lifetime. While a woman’s fertility declines significantly after 40 years of age, reliable and safe contraception is still an important health issue. An unplanned pregnancy at mid-life is a challenge that most of us would prefer to avoid – with one in four women who experience… Read more »

Are my hormones to blame for that annoying weight gain?

Hormones and weight gain through the perimenopause and menopause is a common concern for women. The average weight gain is 2-5kg over 5 years – enough for you to notice a difference in clothes size. Hormones and Weight Gain And aside from the inconvenience of having to buy new clothes, weight gained in the perimenopause… Read more »

Not everything that itches is Thrush

There is a tendency to associate any itch in the vagina and vulval region with ‘thrush’. But what is thrush and what else could cause an itch down there? What is Thrush An overgrowth of Candida albicans or ‘thrush’ though is the most common, with at least 75% of women experiencing at least one episode of thrush in… Read more »