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Know Your Numbers

The start of a new year is a good time to review your health and wellbeing and may be a catalyst to make some long-term changes....

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PMDD

Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) has been described as “PMS on steroids”. It is a hormone-based mood disorder...

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Cervical Screening Changes

From the 12th of September 2023 some significant changes to cervical screening services in New Zealand will take place.

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Changes to Abortion Law in NZ

It wasn’t until 24 March 2020 that abortion was decriminalised in New Zealand. On this date Parliament voted for radical reforms to abortion legis..

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Menopause in the Workplace

In the New Zealand workforce there are approximately 400,000 women in the menopause age bracket, and in a recent study it was revealed that 70% of t..

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Talk Peach

Over 400 New Zealanders die from one of five gynaecological cancers every year, and most women don’t know that some of these exist. Talk Pe..

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HRT for perimenopause and menopause

Menopause and the lead-up to it (called perimenopause) is a time of huge change for women, both physically and mentally. While some women sail throu..

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Cervical cancer

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus infects cells on the cervix and causes changes t..

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that affects about one in ten women. It happens when tissue similar to that found in the uterus lining (end..

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Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptive pills have been available since the 1960’s as a way for women to prevent pregnancy and have control of their fertility. They were..

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What is Menopause?

The technical description of menopause is "a point in time 12 months after a woman's last period”. The time of life this happens can vary but it usu..

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Urinary tract infections

A urinary tract infection is sometimes called a UTI. This is an infection of any part of the urinary tract like the bladder, the kidneys or the tubes ..

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Breast Cancer Awareness – risks and prevention

I’m sure most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – with promotions and events such as the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, the Pi..

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Toxoplasmosis

Our dog has had toxoplasmosis. Altogether a bit scary. I last heard the word ‘toxoplasmosis’ some 21 years ago, when pregnant with my first baby, ..

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Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries, native to North America, have a long history of medicinal food use. Native Americans used the fruit for the treatment of bladder and kidn..

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Breast cancer awareness

It’s breast cancer awareness month, but really it’s something year round us girls need a good understanding of. 3000 Kiwi women a year are diagnos..

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Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is an amazing journey but certain stages can make for a fairly bumpy ride! Most of the discomforts that occur during pregnancy are the resul..

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Women's Health Checklist

Regular Health Checklist for Women: Breast health check...

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Thrush

Oral thrush causes thick white plaques to grow on the inside of the cheeks or tongue.

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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Most cases of simple cystitis are caused by bacteria which ascend through the urethra into the normally sterile urine in the bladder.

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Safe Sex

The best prevention is understanding what causes a STI, be aware of the risks and take precautions...

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Pregnancy Health

There are some steps that you can take to ensure you are healthy at the time of conception and throughout your pregnancy.

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Menstrual Health

For most women periods come and go with little more than inconvenience. For other women, menstruation is fraught with pain, stress...

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Menopause

Menopause is the term for when it has been one year since a woman's last period. When the ovaries stop producing oestrogen, this function...

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Infertility

Infertility is not the same as sterility, as many causes of infertility can be treated. About 25% of couples trying to conceive will...

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition whereby endometrial cells, which normally line the surface of the uterus or womb, are found outside the uterus.

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