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

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

What trans folk need to know about pelvic floors

Pelvic floor dysfunction and the issues of pelvic pain and/or incontinence can have a massive impact on your health and quality of life. And yet, it is often an overlooked part of our general well-being. It can also be a source of embarrassment for many and/or an area associated with trauma, making pelvic health difficult to raise with a health professional, let alone seek assistance.

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Are you hip to it? Hip pain and the pelvic floor

We’ve all heard that song – hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone. But you’ve probably not heard the latest version: the pelvic floor’s connected to the obturator internus!

The what?!

In plain English, the pelvic floor is connected to your hips, baby.

Women bumping hips

A Pelvic Floor Physio Can Really Help

What can a Women’s and Pelvic Health physiotherapist help with?

Women’s and Pelvic Health physiotherapists have special expertise in treatment of continence issues including leakage from the bladder or bowel, prolapse of the pelvic organs as well as treatment of pelvic pain. They can also help if you have overactive pelvic floor muscles.


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Can your pelvic floor muscles be TOO strong?!

Did you know if your pelvic floor muscles are too strong or tight it can cause you problems?

Hypertonic (or overactive) pelvic floor is where the muscles in your lower pelvis are in a state of constant contraction and aren’t able to fully relax. It affects people of all genders and ages.

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Can your pelvic floor muscles be too weak?

Oh lord, yes! When your pelvic floor is too weak to do its job properly it is called hypotonic.

An xray of a pelvis held in front of a woman's body