Information about pain and health problems after prolapse surgery using mesh

If you are suffering mesh-related problems, or are considering mesh, you can read the latest Information Sheet for women who have had, or are considering having surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (scroll down to "Information sheet..."). If you would like to consult one of our doctors in relation to pain or problems after mesh surgery, please see the checklist below. (more…)

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Pain and health problems after prolapse surgery

Do you or someone you know have a transvaginal mesh implant? You can help us understand the extent and impact of mesh implants across Australia by completing the Health Issues Centre anonymous survey before May 26th 2017, to help inform the senate inquiry.  (more…)

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Prometrium: natural progesterone capsules

Prometrium®, 100mg of micronized progesterone in a gel cap, is finally available in Australia.  This product has been used by the French since the 90s.  Progesterone is a relatively difficult hormone to get into the human body and rubbing on the skin in the form of creams has been shown not to be very effective. Most sex hormones, including progesterone, are fat soluble and so the French company, Besins, basically micronized the progesterone (making the particles very small) and then dissolved it in sunflower oil, encasing the whole in a gelatine cap.  Clinical trials have shown that oestradiol used with Prometrium represents one of our safest HRTs. (more…)

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John Eden talks about alternatives for the Australian shortage of Oestrogen Patches.

Oestrogen patches are one of the safest forms of HRT.  For example, they do not have any effect on clotting risk (eg. DVT or pulmonary embolism) and so are safer than oral oestradiol for women at risk of clotting. There have been tremendous supply problems with oestrogen patches since late 2016 in Australia, which has caused much confusion amongst doctors, chemists and women using these patches. (more…)

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It’s In The Bag Campaign – For women in need at Christmas time

This week Sherin dropped off 30 handbags filled with everyday and luxury items for the It's In The Bag campaign. NSW Member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen will drop them to the not-for profit organisation, Share the Dignity. A huge thank you to all of you who generously donated and took the time to write a card for women in need at Christmas time. A special thanks to those who donated on our Visualisation For Pelvic Pain education evening on Thursday.The "It's in the Bag" Christmas campaign idea came to Share the Dignity when they realised that women seem to manage the needs of children at Christmas, ensuring they're cared for and made to feel special, but the same can't always be said for those women who put the needs of others before their own.WHRIA is please we could help to make them feel special.

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Yoga for Pelvic Pain Term 5 Starts October 9th WHRIA, & Oct 10 Redfern

Rebecca Shaw from Akasha Yoga Sydney returns for Term 5 of Yoga for Pelvic Pain. Join us for 6 weeks of soothing yoga on a Sunday morning at WHRIA, and Monday evenings at the Mind & Movement Centre Redfern, designed specifically for people with pelvic pain and conditions such as pudendal neuralgia, endometriosis and overactive bladder. See our Facebook page for full details. (more…)

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Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Fundraising Month at WHRIA

Sherin Jarvis, one of WHRIA's physiotherapists, and her daughter Phoebe have set up a fund raising page for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, the money raised helps women in Ethiopia to recover from debilitating childbirth injuries. Our goal of $3600.00 would pay for fistula surgery for 6 women. We hope hope you might consider donating by clicking on this link to help reach our goal.  (more…)

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Good news for menopause sufferers!

Hormone Replacement Therapy has been used safely in Australia for many years. This week’s Australian release of a safe, easily absorbed HRT provides an exact duplicate of the human hormone progesterone for women with menopausal symptoms. We have known for fifteen years that HRT that contains a synthetic progestin is linked to a slightly increased risk of breast cancer, if used for more than five years. A recent study in 2016 by Asi and colleagues showed that body identical HRT containing natural progesterone was associated with a significantly lower risk of breast cancer than HRT containing progestin. Thus the recently availability of natural progesterone means that Australian women can have access to a safer form of HRT.  (more…)

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Yoga for Pelvic Pain Term 3 at WHRIA Starts June 19

Rebecca Shaw from Akasha Yoga Sydney returns for Term 3 of Yoga for Pelvic Pain. Join us for 6 weeks of soothing yoga on a Sunday morning at WHRIA, designed specifically for people with pelvic pain and conditions such as pudendal neuralgia, endometriosis and overactive bladder. WHEN: 19, 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24 July 2016 COST: $108 for 6 week term ($23 per casual class if available) TIME: 10-11 am   (more…)

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Mindfulness for Health by Vidyamala Burch & Danny Penman

Breathworks Mindfulness was founded by Vidyamala Burch, co-author of our favourite book  Mindfulness for Health, winner of the Best Book Award (Popular Medicine) British Medical Association's Book Awards 2014.  (more…)

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