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Read Women’s Health Tasmania’s blogs for up-to-date information on current health issues.

Counting the wins: How activism is changing the story of endometriosis  

Australia is finally set to change the story of endo: and it is people who live with endo who have led the charge! 

An estimated 1 in 10 women and folk who have a uterus also have endo. It’s a condition where tissue similar to the uterus lining grows outside the uterus. It causes pain, fatigue and in some cases also affects fertility.  

Women holding signs which say 'use your voice', 'together we rise', and 'do your part'.

Listening to women talk about birth trauma 

Having a baby is a huge life transition and childbirth is a major physical and emotional event. 

When we talk with women about their birth experiences, they describe them with a mixture of words; painful, powerful, long, amazing, awful and sometimes traumatic.   

A woman on a hospital bed holding a new baby.

Your Vagus Nerve and how singing can make you feel better.  

Come for a wander with us as we explore the silent systems that make you breathe, digest and react to learn how you can improve your health by harnessing the therapeutic power of singing for your Vagus Nerve!  

 

Woman singing and dancing in her kitchen.

Maxine’s story of postnatal thyroiditis

by Maxine,

“After my third birth, this goitre appeared quite quickly.

"What I now know is that it has to do with the foetus using up the body’s iodine during pregnancy.

A mother plants a loving kiss on her very young baby's bald head. This is not a photo of the author.

A bomber jacket with a brain and ... a uterus

by Emma Cardall,

While participating in WHT's Knit Your Bits art project, Emma Cardall was inspired to create a unique wearable piece of art as "a reminder to all that we are so much more than 'reproductive systems'."

 

A WHT model shows off the power and glory of a pink glossy bomber jacket featuring a needlepoint uterus and brain.

The pain-relieving power of breastmilk 

Debbie’s story about breast milk and pain relief 

Debbie has lived and worked on the North West Coast of Tasmania all her life. When she was a young mum, she thought she noticed that breastfeeding her babies soothed them if they were in any pain. She told us, “I thought they calmed quickly and stopped crying.” 

Breast milk has been proven to provide pain relief.

Getting the most out of your GP appointment 

Finding a GP can be very difficult in Tasmania and finding a GP who bulk bills is almost impossible. These are both issues Women’s Health Tasmania seeks to change as part of our policy and advocacy work alongside other women’s health organisations around Australia. 

A female health professional with dark shoulder length hair and glasses gestures with her left hand while speaking with a smiling woman with long blond hair seated at a table.

Safe and accessible reproductive healthcare needs translation from paper to practice

The following is excerpted from Women's Health Tasmania Submission to the Federal Inquiry into universal access to reproductive healthcare.

Photo by Marcus Reubenstein on Unsplash

Say it with me now: CLITORIS!

In the 1980s, Dr Helen O’Connell was a medical student. She read Last’s Anatomy – a medical textbook – and what she found made her angry. Or rather, what she didn’t find. In the anatomical drawing of the vulva, the clitoris WAS MISSING.  

It gets worse (doesn’t seem possible but read on).  

Glitoris performance by @allisebastianwolf (photo: Patrick Boland)

Let's talk about pelvic organ prolapse!

By Rose Tilsley from Family Planning Tasmania

Rose is a doctor with Family Planning Tasmania where a new service to assess and support people with pelvic organ prolapse is now being offered.

What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Dr Rose Tilsley from Family Planning Tasmania