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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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Abortion – you’re not alone

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Uncategorised

Two years ago, I went through the difficult journey of an unplanned pregnancy and abortion. While I gained positive things from the experience, including a renewed focus about what I want to do with my career and life, it was both the most difficult and most empowering decision I have ever made. For over five weeks I didn’t know what …


Talking contraception

Sarah Lucy Contraception

Marie Stopes Australia is looking for parents and guardians to take part in a national survey exploring the importance of the parent-child relationship when it comes to contraception use in teenagers. Talking about sex with teenagers can be a pretty daunting task says Marie Stopes Australia’s Head of Population Health, Sarah Gafforini, but it’s vital to prevent unplanned pregnancies and …

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It’s beginning to look a lot like herpes season

Sigrid Firth Blog

As the days get darker, the weather turns and our bodies get ready for the winter months ahead; it’s also the season where cold sores and herpes can be more prevalent. Marie Stopes Australia head of telehealth, and nurse at Marie Stopes Australia, Jane Hooker says that the herpes virus, the cause of the common cold sore, is present in …

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Rural women deserve better access to abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Contraception

Fear, anguish, guilt. It’s only a phone call but you can hear all of these emotions in Sarah’s* voice. Sarah has two young children. Her husband is a fly in, fly out worker on a remote mine site and they have just found out Sarah is pregnant. Sarah is raising two children under four. She has no family around her …


World Health Day: dispelling the myth of depression & abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion

The focus of today’s World Health Day is depression; a major health issue across the globe and one that affects more than 300 million people worldwide. While it is widely accepted that there is a strong link between reproductive health and women’s mental health, the nature of this link is something that is often masked or distorted, particularly when it …

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‘The morning after pill’: four common myths debunked

Sigrid Firth Contraception

A number of misconceptions surround the topic of emergency contraception or ‘the morning after pill’, which not only leads to confusion but could result in an unplanned pregnancy. Here we debunk four of the common myths about emergency contraception and provide you with information about accessing the method that is right for you, when you need it. 1. A 1.5mg …

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IWD2017: be bold to tackle the stigma of abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion

More than a century ago, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding better pay, working conditions and equality. Fast forward to 2017, and the roots of disruption that started the International Women’s Day movement are very much alive and kicking. Not just in New York, but right across the globe. Donald Trump’s presidency has been a lightning rod for …

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Decision-based counselling helps you make a choice that is right for you

Eleonore Bridier Counselling

Discovering you are pregnant when you did not plan to be can be distressing for some women. Each pregnancy in your life is different and you often face complex factors such as your financial, emotional, physical and social wellbeing. Maybe you are not sure how to talk to a partner or spouse about your feelings, or you are facing circumstances …

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Find the right contraceptive with My Best Fit

Eleonore Bridier Contraception

While most people are aware of common forms of contraception, such as the Pill and condoms, there are many more options available, a number of which provide enhanced protection against pregnancy than their better-known counterparts. Finding out about these options can be difficult, particularly if you don’t have a regular GP you can approach for advice. This is where My …

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Vasectomy – the permanent contraceptive method for men

Eleonore Bridier Contraception

In Australia, over 25,000 men undergo a vasectomy every year, making it one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. It offers men who have already had children or decided not to have children a highly effective and safe method of permanent contraception. In the following, we explain what happens during and after a vasectomy and address some of the …

Medical abortion: what to expect

Eleonore Bridier Abortion

If you are up to 9 weeks pregnant, medical abortion is a safe, non-invasive method of terminating your pregnancy. Overall, this method is a low risk option, with up to 98% of medical abortions ending in a successful termination. Medical abortion is available at Marie Stopes clinics following a face-to-face consultation or, if you cannot access a clinic, you may …

Vasectomy: what to expect

Eleonore Bridier Contraception

Vasectomy is a safe, permanent method of contraception for men who have completed their family or who have decided not to have children. Marie Stopes Australia provides expert vasectomy services across our network of clinics nationally. How does vasectomy work? A vasectomy is a straightforward day procedure that involves closing off the small sperm carrying tubes that are located in …

Surgical abortion: what to expect

Eleonore Bridier Abortion

Surgical abortion is a safe and straightforward day-surgery procedure performed by a fully trained doctor, who is an expert in termination of pregnancy and family planning. How long will I have to stay at the clinic? A few factors influence how long you will have to stay at the clinic. If you are in your first trimester, the procedure can …

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Second term abortion in Australia

Eleonore Bridier Abortion

The variation in laws on abortion between the states and territories means that second term or second trimester abortion can be very difficult to access, and depends very much on where you live. More often than not, women who find themselves in the position of requiring a later term abortion have to travel interstate to access the procedure, adding another …