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Changes to Pap Smear Testing

There’s good news for women as the biennial pap smear is being phased out in favour of a new test capable of detecting the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the virus responsible for over 99 percent of cervical cancers. Cervical cancer is the number one killer of women in the world, with more than 800 Australian women being diagnosed with the deadly
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Management of Irregular Bleeding in Women on Contraception

While it’s quite normal for many women to experience menstrual bleeding when they have reached the end of a packet of birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptive methods, some women may notice irregular or breakthrough (uterine) bleeding. Other birth control methods may also cause occasional irregular bleeding. Monthly menstrual cycles fit within the realm of normal for vaginal bleeding
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Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)

Condoms and the birth control pill are the most widely used forms of contraception, but not completely reliable. Pills can be forgotten, and condoms can break. However, they are both reasonably accessible, cheap, easy to come by, and using them is a relatively minor decision when compared to the risk of pregnancy. The pill has been used for a few
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You may be pregnant? Things to consider…

The idea that you may be pregnant, unplanned pregnancy or not, can produce a flurry of thoughts and emotions that cascade through your mind all at once. Pregnancy scares can be confronting, especially if you have been taking precautions, but perhaps the biggest concern for most women is about what to expect. Unfortunately, accidents happen; you may have been caught
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Unplanned pregnancy and making the right choice for you

Unplanned Pregnancy – Making a Decision For many, this is not an easy decision. There are countless factors that need to be considered. If you’re feeling daunted and don’t really know where to start, assessing your situation and trying to remain objective, in what can be a very emotional time, is a good start. There are essentially three decisions that
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Calculating Your Pregnancy Dates

The most commonly known symptom of pregnancy is when a woman misses a period or is ‘late.’ Some women just ‘know’ and can sense that their body has changed, others have no symptoms at all and do not find out until they are well into gestation. When a woman becomes pregnant, her menstrual cycle (the discharge of tissue and blood
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The History of Abortion Laws in Australia

The history of abortion laws in Australia is complicated and, quite often, very confusing. The main cause for confusion is the fact that in each Australian state there is a different law for abortion. Abortion laws in Australia were originally based on 19th century British criminal prohibitions. It was prohibited unless an abortion was performed to save a woman’s life.
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Abortion Laws – A State by State Guide

ABORTION LAW IN AUSTRALIA For a long time the issue of abortion has caused much controversy both in Australia and the world over. The fact that it is considered legal in some Australian states and approached differently in others further creates confusion over the matter. It can very easily become an impassioned topic of conversation and one that has recently
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Pregnancy Test Recall

When you take a pregnancy test, regardless of the scenario, you expect the results to be conclusive. While positive results are generally followed up with a visit to the GP, if the result is negative, it is rarely questioned. It has therefore come as a shock to many that, after a review undertaken by The Therapeutic Goods Administration, a large
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Pap Smear Screening Program Revamp Delayed

When it was announced that the national Pap smear screening program was going to receive a complete overhaul, in an attempt to improve early cancer detection and save more lives, the reaction from the medical community and the public was naturally one of enthusiasm. The renewed cervical cancer screening program has gained much support due to the fact that it
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