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Ovulation is when the egg is released from the ovary. With each menstrual cycle, you release an egg. This most commonly occurs 14 days prior to the start of your period.  To tell when you are...
IVF involves taking eggs and sperm, placing them together in a laboratory and allowing the sperm to inseminate the egg naturally. If they fertilize, an embryo will form. The embryo is then inserted...
A Bartholin’s abscess is a condition that affects a gland in the vagina called the Bartholin’s gland. Each gland is approximately 0.5cm in size and drains small amounts of mucous into a...
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a condition affecting blood sugar levels causing them to be elevated. It occurs in women during pregnancy, most commonly in the second trimester. These...
Permanent contraception or Female Sterilization is also commonly referred to as tubal ligation. It involves a surgical procedure to provide permanent contraception for a woman. This...
What is a hysterectomy? Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus. This surgery is performed for several conditions, including heavy and/or painful periods, fibroids, pelvic...
Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women in Australia will be delivered via a caesarean section.  The most common indication amongst first time mothers is an emergency caesarean section for either...
Vaginal bleeding can occur at all stages of pregnancy, and its implications change depending on gestational age. First trimester vaginal bleeding is a common presentation, occurring in 20 to 40...
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is commonly referred to as PCOS. This is a disease that causes infertility and hyperandrogenism. Hyperandrogenism is a manifestation of increased male hormones in a woman,...
If you have had a vaginal birth there can be some aches and pains form sore muscles or some stitches. Usually it’s nothing that can’t be controlled with Panadol or Panadeine. You will be...
Pregnancy is divided by us into 3 trimesters. 1st trimester is typically 0-12 weeks, 2nd 13-24 and third 25- 40 weeks. We go by weeks not months in this business. You will probably classify it as...
Infertility is a unique medical condition because it involves a couple, rather than an individual. It is an area of gynaecology that can be very emotionally charged, and put relationships under...
There are generally 2 ways to feed a baby. Breast or Bottle. Some people do both, sometimes successfully sometimes not. It's personal and try not to let other people influence you on how you want...
For many women it's overwhelming to think about all the things a baby needs when they are born. If you approach it logically (which can be difficult when you are pregnant and excited) jot down a...
Pain can be very distressing to any person. If it is acute and severe please present to your local doctor or your closest emergency department.   In the first instance, when pain occurs, a...
Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is a term which refers to menstrual bleeding of abnormal quantity, duration, or schedule.  It is a common gynaecologic complaint, accounting for one-third of...
Menopause is a diagnosis made in hindsight after a woman has experienced 12 months without any periods, and once other obvious pathological causes have been excluded. It occurs at an average age...
Abnormal pap smears can be a scary moment in a woman’s life. In the majority of cases, it does not mean that you have cancer.  Pap smears are one of the most successful screening tools...
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. This remains an embarrassing and difficult topic for women to discuss. At Sunnybank Centre for Women, we will discuss this issue with an open...
Early Labour   Sometimes with labour the early stages can last a while, anything from several hours to a day. This can become tiring and uncomfortable for you. Best ways to manage this are...
The herniation of the pelvic organs to or beyond the vaginal walls.  Bladder, bowel, or uterus are all surrounding organs that can potentially herniate into the vagina. Patients with Prolapse...
Pregnancy is a time of accelerated growth and development in your offspring.  During this time, your baby is completely reliant on your body’s nutrients. A healthy diet is a good initial...
Travelling by car in pregnancy is safe at all stages. It is important to always wear a seatbelt with the lap belt going beneath your belly and the shoulder belt between your breasts. During long...
Most doctors would recommend that pregnant women perform about 30 minutes of gentle exercise most days of the week. Gentle exercising includes walking and swimming. Avoid exercise that may cause...
Heartburn or acid reflux is when your stomach acid content goes into the tube connecting your mouth to the stomach; this tube is called the oesophagus. Acid reflux is common in pregnancy and can be...
Your due date is at 40 weeks. Labour usually starts after 37 weeks. Labour is the start of contractions that will bring about the delivery of your baby. This process is a pregnant woman’s body...
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