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

Things no-one tells you about pregnancy

When they tell the story of the Nativity, they don’t tell you that Mary was a martyr to her haemorrhoids. Well, she must have been. Riding a donkey heavily pregnant wasn’t going to do her any favours.

That’s because our society doesn’t really talk about the normal experiences of parenthood and life postpartum. Here are two important things to know. 

Pregnant tummy with 'baby loading' written on it

A Pause in Periods

If you are experiencing the joy of going red from the neck up as a hot flush overtakes your body and, like Superman, find you are looking for a telephone booth[1] to strip off some clothes, don’t panic.

Or you might be changing your PJs and bed linen regularly as you “sleep” in a sweat hot enough for mussels to cook in your belly button.

Older women with zest doing exercise

A new podcast series

Today we are launching a new podcast series. This one is on mindfulness.

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A Collection of Body Taboos

by Helen Leary,

A lot of us haven't been taught much about our bodies. Many of us don’t know our vagina from our vulva (the vagina is the inner canal inside your body. The vulva is the outer part of the genitals: the clitoris and the labia). So, if you feel like it’s hard to talk about things to do with your body, you aren’t alone. Here are some of the things women find hard to talk about.

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Have a good look at your poo

by Margie Law,

If you are fortunate to live a long life, you will probably experience incontinence at some point. It's not likely to be a happy experience, but there are things you can do to minimise what many see as the ultimate indignity.

Period Undies for the People!

Meet Ari and Ella. They are two of nearly 150 Undies Warriors in the Hobart City Council area.

Ari and Ella give us the low down of why they wanted to participate in The Undies Project and what they love about reusable period undies.

Image of packs of undies ready to send. The label on the package says "Thank you. You're saving the world one pair of undies at a time.

A bloody, often painful secret

“If you swim in the ocean with your period, you will attract sharks.”

“Girls can hold in their period if they choose to, like pee.”

“Your period is the tears of an empty womb.”

“There are balloons floating inside you full of blood.”

“Periods are blue in colour!”

“Never talk about your period at work, especially in front of male colleagues!”

Women talking

This is what Tasmanian women told us about homelessness

by Lucy Shannon,

Did you know?

Homelessness, and indeed being at the pointy end of the housing crisis in Tassie, has huge impacts on women’s mental health. 

Woman sitting in the back of a car with bags and boxes.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – you’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of it!

by Lucy Shannon,

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a cyclical, hormone-based mood disorder. It’s linked to the menstrual cycle, but it’s more – often a lot more – than just feeling a bit sad or irritable before your period comes.

What is it?

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What happened to the Pap Smear?

by Lucy Shannon,

There’s been a significant change to the way we screen for cervical cancer in Australia. It’s more accurate and we’ll need to do the test less often.

Since December 2017, the Pap Smear has been replaced with the Cervical Screening Test. It is an exciting development for a few reasons and alongside the vaccine for HPV could set us on the path to eliminate cervical cancer in Australia.

Doctors check list of tests required with a red tick next to Pap Smear