Parcel wrapped in brown paper and tied with string, resting on an old table with peeling blue paint

9 Great gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Blog, Contraception, Equity and access

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and finding the right gift for the maternal figure in your life can be hard. At Marie Stopes, we’re all about making life easier for Australian women who are making tough decisions. So this year, we’ve put together the perfect gift list! Surprise your mum or mum-figure with something we guarantee she doesn’t …

A hormonal IUD next to a copper IUD on a white background

Hormonal or Copper IUD: How to decide

Sam Wilde Blog, Contraception

Long Acting, Reversible Contraception (LARC) is a convenient and effective contraceptive option for many women. However, once you’ve decided to commit to LARC it can be difficult to determine which option is the most suitable for you; especially when it comes to deciding between the hormonal and the copper IUD. So we’ve put together some information on both of them …

Tabith Baca, standing with arms crossed in a defiant pose, wearing a white long sleeved shirt.

International Women’s Day 2018

Sam Wilde Abortion, Advocacy, Blog, Contraception, Equity and access

Today is International Women’s Day and in 2018 the focus is on #PressForProgress At Marie Stopes we don’t just want to provide services to women, we also support and are passionate about them. The services we provide are important because of the opportunities they make available to women. A woman who has access to contraception is a woman who can …

Natural contraception period tracker application

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 able to help you make decisions about your health. This includes things like giving contraception advice and helping you decide the right contraception for your body. Rather than going in blind though, it …

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 they could make decisions around their future. But medical science didn’t stop there, and since the 60s has been continuously innovating and improving …

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 …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …