1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is known to save lives.
Cervical cancer is one of few cancers that can be largely prevented through screening (Pap tests). Most people diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had regular cervical screening.
Endometriosis is a common and often painful condition that affects around 10% of women. It can happen any time from when periods start right up to the time of menopause (when periods stop).
The epididymis is a series of small coiled tubes attached to the back of each testicle that collects and stores sperm.
Erectile dysfunction is the medical term used for when men experience difficulty maintaining an erect penis. Erectile dysfunction affects one in five Australian men aged over 40 to some degree. Of these, about half can't have an erection at all.
Fibroids are growths that form inside the uterus (womb). Around four in 10 women over the age of 40 years will have fibroids.
Libido is the sexual instinct or erotic desire and pleasure. Your libido is sometimes referred to as your 'sex drive'. Libido varies from woman to woman and from man to man and can be influenced by a range of different factors.
Masturbation, or self-pleasuring, is touching and rubbing parts of your body for sexual pleasure, such as the penis, clitoris, vulva and breasts. It is a normal and healthy way for people to explore their own bodies and find out what feels good, where and how they like to be touched and how to achieve an orgasm.
In Australia, the average age of menopause (the last menstrual period) is 52. It can happen in women aged 40-60 and in very few cases, it can happen earlier. It's most common in women aged 45-55.
Menstrual Conditions Overview
Some of the more common menstrual problems include Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Dysmenorrhoea, Menorrhagia and Amenorrhoea.
If a young woman hasn't shown any signs of puberty (such as starting to grow breasts and dark pubic hair) by the age of 14 or hasn't started having periods by 16, she should see a doctor. For most, it's just late puberty, but it's important to be sure.
Painful periods is referred to as dysmenorrhoea. The cause of the pain can be because the womb (uterus) is contracting harder than usual to dislodge the lining, or the pain may be a result of certain reproductive disorders such as endometriosis.
It's normal for women, especially those in their 30s and 40s, to at least sometimes experience symptoms such as irritability or bloating in the days leading up to their period. This is often called premenstrual tension (PMT).
The average length of the menstrual cycle is 28 days, but this can vary between women and from one cycle to the next. The length of the menstrual cycle is calculated from the first day of the period to the day before the next period starts.
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a pox virus. Molluscum contagiosum usually appears as painless firm, round, flesh-coloured papules or lumps that have a dimple in the middle.
Pap Smear Test (Cervical Screening)
Puberty is the time when a young person’s sexual and reproductive organs mature. Before any physical changes happen, the body starts to make hormones that trigger sexual development and growth.
TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) - Symptoms, Treatment & Causes
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare and potentially life-threatening illness that is thought to be caused by infection with certain types of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes.
Most women experience an inoffensive, whitish or clear vaginal discharge throughout their cycle. The amount varies from woman to woman.
What is the Vulva?
The vulva is the delicate, hairless skin and tissue surrounding the vagina. You need to treat it with care, as it's prone to irritation.
Young people have to work through a broad range of issues as they move from childhood to adulthood. They may have to deal with changes to their bodies and their feelings and they may be thinking about having their first relationship or having sex.
Cervical Screening (formerly Pap Smear Tests)
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