Menopause is an unavoidable fact of life for every woman. However, for many women this natural process causes anxiety and distress due to the varying symptoms that can accompany it.

The good news is that there are many options available to help women manage the symptoms of menopause. Read on to discover the facts about menopause, and what you can do to reduce any disruption to your lifestyle.

Australia has a strong drinking culture, with alcohol playing a large part in our regular rituals and celebrations. Whether you’re relaxing over a meal, having Friday night drinks, going out with the girls... there’s rarely a social engagement where alcohol isn’t consumed – often with great enthusiasm!

However, drinking is linked with multiple health risks, especially for women. At Northside Gynaecology, we aim to build awareness about the potential damage each drink does to your body.

In this article we’ll explore the impact of alcohol on women’s health. You might decide it’s time to put down that wine glass for good.

In the past a procedure called dilatation and curettage was commonly used to examine the womb (uterus), but nowadays a hysteroscopy is the preferred method for investigating symptoms emanating from the uterus.

The procedure is performed using a hysteroscope which is a narrow telescope with a light and camera on the end. It is passed into the womb through the cervix meaning and no surgical cuts are necessary. The hysteroscope sends images to a monitor so a gynaecologist can see into the uterus.

Becoming a mother brings big changes in a woman’s life. Suddenly you have a child that needs regular attention and care. Added to the other responsibilities and pressures of everyday living, it’s common for mums to feel they have no time for self-care, and put their health last.

But it’s important to remain vigilant against common health problems women may face after childbirth. After all, a healthy mum is better equipped to look after her family.

With that in mind, our Brisbane based gynaecologists have created a list of common health issues that busy mums should not ignore. We’ve included symptoms to watch out for, so you can stay healthy for the benefit of your loved ones and yourself.

For many women the joy of being post-menopausal is the sense of freedom that often comes with the end of their menstrual cycle. No longer having to buy sanitary products, worry-free sex and no-more menstrual cramps are just some of the upsides of a post-menopause world, but where there are ups there are inevitably downs. One downside of the reduction of oestrogen as women enter menopause is vaginal atrophy.

Sufferers know the angst of vaginal atrophy and the troubles that comes with it – itching, burning, severe dryness, painful intercourse, urinary incontinence, urgency incontinence and prolapse to name a few. These symptoms get worse with time for everyone, and affects 20% of Australian women suffering with severe vaginal atrophy.

Vaginal atrophy can sometimes feel like one of those things you just have to live with when you’re a woman, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Vaginal atrophy can be managed and the symptoms alleviated much more easily than you may have thought - you no longer have to suffer in silence.

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