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 …

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 …

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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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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 …

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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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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 …

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 …

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Your Choices — Information, Education & Support

Sarah Lucy Abortion, Contraception, Counselling

For over 16 years, Marie Stopes Australia has been providing Australian women & men with access to professional and non-judgemental sexual and reproductive health services. As part of our role, we are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date and accurate information about your available options, whether we’re talking about abortion, vasectomy, sexual health or contraception. ‘Your Choices’ is …