Contraception and unplanned pregnancy

The truth about abortion

Eleonore Bridier Abortion, Blog, Contraception

One in three Australian women will have an unplanned pregnancy in their lifetime.1 Many of these women will make the decision to terminate the pregnancy. No one wants to have an abortion. It’s not exactly a bucket list item that little girls grow up aspiring to tick off. The people who choose to terminate a pregnancy are doing so for …

Copper IUD

9 Facts about Copper IUDs

Eleonore Bridier Blog, Contraception

Right now, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to contraceptive options. So much so in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start. Well before you consign yourself to simply taking The Pill and forgetting about anything else, you might want to consider these awesome facts about the Copper IUD! After it’s inserted, your copper IUD …

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Think you’re on the best contraception?

Eleonore Bridier Contraception

Oh, you’ve managed to get a prescription for the pill? Why you lucky duck! I heard they’re only giving that to the married ladies. Did you catch that Roy Rogers movie on Saturday? He looks just like Eddie don’t you think? Oh yes, we’re going steady now. Although I have to admit, I’m worried he might leave me for that …

Schoolies 2017

Your guide to a no-regrets schoolies

Eleonore Bridier Advice, Blog

If we’re talking rites of passage, schoolies is pretty hard to beat. Sun, sand and surf surrounded by your best mates, beats and beautiful strangers; what could go wrong? Well, ideally nothing. If you remember to follow the No-Regrets Schoolies Guide you’re guaranteed to turn your good times into great memories. Yeah, yeah, we’re talking about the serious stuff. But …

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Marie Stopes searches for ‘brave’ philanthropists to pay for abortions

Sigrid Firth Media

Kate Aubusson, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September 2017 Marie Stopes Australia is searching for “brave philanthropists” to bankroll a $3 million fund for women struggling to afford abortion and contraception. The not-for-profit plans to use its new tax-deductible gift recipient status to set up two separate funds to pay for pregnancy terminations and contraceptive services for women in financial hardship …

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Mental Health Day 2017- you’re not alone

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Blog, Counselling

Suzanne Hurley, a member of our counselling team, wants women to know this Mental Health Day that it is absolutely normal to feel a ‘‘minefield of emotions’’ when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. For some women it is a straightforward decision to either continue with the pregnancy or terminate, but for other women, it can be an incredibly complex and stressful …

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Why is Australia lagging in LARC uptake?

Sigrid Firth Blog

A file audit commissioned by Marie Stopes Australia in time for World Contraception Day has found that more than one in three women accessing an abortion reported using the pill at the time of conception. The audit comprised a random sample of women accessing medical and surgical terminations during Oct 2016 to April 2017 (N=1160) and found that “59 percent …

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Australia, we need to talk about contraception

Sigrid Firth Blog, Media

The introduction of the contraceptive pill was one of the most significant revolutionary forces in human history. It has changed the way we work, how we plan our families, the nature of our societies and provided greater control for women over their destinies. Australian women were early adopters of the Pill when it was released in 1961. Since that time, …

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Safe Access Zones: worthy of a politician’s outrage

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Media

I can’t stand these people who stand at the corner and start yelling at you about what your views are on a very personal issue, just get out of my face, leave me alone I will make the decision up myself. These are powerful words. You’d be forgiven for thinking they are the words of a woman running the gauntlet …

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Hubs will help fill sexual and reproductive health gap

Jacquie O'Brien Media

The Victorian Government’s announcement of the first two community health hubs is a signal to the rest of the country that sexual and reproductive health should be given greater priority in health care planning. Marie Stopes Australia Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Thompson, said the hubs are a good way of de-stigmatising sexual and reproductive health services and providing women with …

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What the gender pay gap says to our girls

Sigrid Firth Media

Today is equal pay day. It is unbelievable that in this day and age; in a country as wealthy and stable as Australia, we need to have a day to highlight the yawning pay gap between women and men. As a community, we need to address the gender pay gap, and quickly. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the …

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Marriage Equality

Sigrid Firth Media

Marie Stopes Australia believes all women and men, regardless of their gender, should have the right to marry and have their relationship recognised under the Marriage Act 1961. Marie Stopes Australia firmly believes that everyone has the right to choice and control over their destiny, especially when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health. This extends to the partner …

It’s time to implement safe access zones

Sarah Lucy Media

Undergoing a medical procedure for most Australians is a relatively straight forward affair and one that can be done in privacy and without judgement from strangers. Unless you are a woman seeking an abortion in NSW. In early May, Dr Mehreen Faruqi’s Private Member’s Bill seeking to decriminalize abortion in NSW was defeated by the NSW Legislative Council. Had it …

Marie Stopes opens service for Northern Territory women

Sarah Lucy Media

Nationally accredited contraception and safe abortion provider, Marie Stopes Australia, has welcomed the implementation of the new termination of pregnancy laws in the Northern Territory that came into effect on 1 July. Marie Stopes Australia CEO said the new laws provide women in the Northern Territory with greater choice and control over their sexual and reproductive health. “For too long …

Emergency contraception awareness high but access is low

Sarah Lucy Contraception, Media

Awareness of emergency contraception is high but only one in four women are accessing it when they need it, a recent study of Australian women shows. Ms Thompson said the majority of women who seek an abortion in Australia are using some form of contraception. “No contraception is 100% effective, which is why it is important for women to know …