If you’re sexually active, getting checks for sexually transmissible infections – STIs – are an important part of looking after yourself. For some women, it can feel like an awkward task and can easily slide to the bottom of your to-do list. To help make the process a little easier, here we’ll delve into exactly what happens in an STI check, step by step, so you can go into it with information and confidence, knowing what happens next. Read more
Skip the sickness: how to avoid food poisoning
Was it the reheated leftovers from three – or was it four or five – days ago? Or the sandwich you bought one day from that café you thought looked a bit dirty? Or maybe it was the salad that spent too long out of the fridge? Whatever the culprit, chances are you’ve been affected by food poisoning at some point in your life. Read more
How to reward yourself (with no regrets)
Every now and then it’s important to take your foot off the pedal, take stock of your achievements – or even your progress towards them – and reward yourself.
Go on! Give yourself a treat. Go to the beach, see that movie, get that pedicure. Whoever thought that rewarding yourself could be good for you? Well actually, it is … if it’s done in a positive and nurturing way that’s right for you and your health. Read more
Menopause in the new millennium
Menopause was once a life stage of secrecy and mystery – whispered ‘women’s-only’ business – but thanks to more research and greater awareness, today’s midlife women can have a different experience to those of previous generations. Read more
The link between a common sleep disorder and heart disease
Sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder. But did you know it can dramatically increase your risk of heart disease? Given that heart disease is the number-one killer of women in Australia, this is something you need to know about. Let’s start with the basics… Read more
Breast health: what’s normal and what changes to look out for
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. One may be larger than the other, a different shape to the other or you may have an inverted (pulled in) nipple or nipples.
Breasts can also change a great deal throughout life at different ages and life stages. Read more
5 top foods to nourish your gut bacteria
Our digestive systems are the unsung workaholics of our bodies, toiling around the clock to break down and absorb nutrients from the food and fluids we consume.
Within this ongoing cycle, our large intestine – often referred to as our gut – is the office hero. Though perhaps we should say office heroes, because it is actually the populations of tiny organisms that live in our gut that keep us healthy. Read more
Bladder health 101: tips to improve bladder control
We all have one. Yet the health of our bladder isn’t something many of us give much thought to – at least, not until something goes wrong with it!
It’s important to know how to take care of your bladder, and to get the right advice for your age and life stage. Throughout your life, your daily habits and practices can put you in a better position to avoid bladder leakage or loss of bladder control, also known as urinary incontinence. Read more
How to have ‘the talk’ with your new partner
Picture this: you’re dating someone new after your long-term relationship ended. The dates are progressing well, but you’re yet to take it to the next level. You end up back at their place and things start heating up. You want to have sex, but suddenly your thoughts turn to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), safer sex and that you should really be using protection… Read more
Natural therapies – are they safe?
Chances are you’ve taken a natural therapy in your lifetime. It could be a multivitamin from the supermarket, some vitamin C at the sign of an oncoming cold, a natural digestive aid from the health food store or some supplements you were prescribed by a naturopath. You might have swallowed them down without a second thought, but as with any decision when it comes to your health, it’s important to stop and ask: is this safe for me?... Read more
Foolproof ways to move more
“Move more, sit less”. It’s a mantra we often hear, but how do we ensure we actually practise it? For many women, the motivation to exercise comes from wanting to lose weight, drop a dress size, get fit for summer, or feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin. However, it’s important to know that the benefits of exercise run much deeper than simple self-improvement...Read more
The delicate balance of ‘down there’
You may not realise it, but your vagina is home to huge populations of micro-organisms. Before you shriek in surprise or horror, know that these tiny organisms are actually vital for the health of your vagina and your health overall, and it’s important to get the balance right...Read more
The time of your life: your sexual journey
Whether you have a partner or not, whether you want a partner or not, whether you’re a younger, midlife or older woman – you’re on a sexual journey. Your sexual journey will likely evolve and change as your life changes, with peaks and troughs and perhaps everything in between...Read more
Reading food labels
Trying to understand food labels can be pretty daunting. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the information you see on packets, jars and cans in the supermarket. Thankfully, there are a few key pieces of information that can help you to quickly make healthy and informed choices...Read more