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Hating hormones: what you need to know about hormonal contraception

Eleonore Bridier Advice, Blog, Contraception

There is a trend at the moment of people forgoing hormonal contraception in favour of natural contraception alternatives[1] Many health blogs and websites are touting the benefits of hormone-free, or non-hormonal contraception. As with anything that encourages us to take a closer look at our health, this is largely a positive phenomenon. We should always be aware of what we’re …

Contraception advice: how to get the right kind

Eleonore Bridier Advice, Blog, Contraception

Many of us rely on our doctor for prescriptions, sick day certificates and telling us whether we’ve got a cold or flu. But your GP is also there to help you make decisions about your health, including things like giving contraception advice to help you pick the right contraception. Rather than going in blind though, it can help you get …

Finding birth control that works for you

Eleonore Bridier Advice, Blog, Contraception

Australian women got access to the birth control pill in 1961, and to say that it was a game changer would be putting it lightly. For women, having choice about if and when to have children meant that they could make decisions around their future. But medical science didn’t stop there, and since the 60s has been continuously innovating and …

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 …

Two women gossiping about The Pill and contraception.

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 …

Marie Stopes searches for abortions fund philanthropists

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Hubs will help fill sexual and reproductive health gap

Jacquie O'Brien Advocacy, Equity and access, 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 …

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 …