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Informed consent, individual care vital to ensure reproductive rights of transgender Australians

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The Conversation By Damien Riggs July 11, 2018 6.02am AEST For any person needing medical care, informed consent is vital. Yet for transgender people, informed consent may be hindered by how medical professionals share information. This is especially the case in the context of reproductive health, where speaking about reproductive materials is often highly gendered. Both the World Professional...

New study suggests risk of birth defects in babies born to women on HIV medicine dolutegravir

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European Medicines Agency, 18/05/2018 The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is evaluating preliminary results from a study which found 4 cases of birth defects such as spina bifida (malformed spinal cord) in babies born to mothers who became pregnant while taking dolutegravir. While EMA is assessing the new evidence it has issued the following precautionary advice: Dolutegravir HIV medicines should...

Rise of contraceptive apps sparks fears over unwanted pregnancies

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Guardian, Wed 2 May 2018 00.22  Growing numbers of women are using contraceptive apps, but experts have warned they could lead to unwanted pregnancies.The Swedish app Natural Cycles, the only certified app for contraception, has seen a surge in the number of members from the UK in the past year with almost 200,000 signed up, an increase from 5,000 in 2016. Sarah Hardman, the director of the...

Students could learn about endometriosis as part of sex education

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Guardian Australia, Fri 13 Apr 2018 13.38 AEST Teaching schoolchildren about pelvic pain will form part of a proposed national plan to tackle endometriosis, the debilitating condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women. The health minister, Greg Hunt, will push the states and territories to commit to the plan, which was discussed at Friday’s Council of Australian Governments [Coag]...

New standards of care for trans and gender diverse children and adolescents

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The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, 2017 The first Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines for trans and gender diverse children and adolescents, led Led by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, have been released. Dr Michelle Telfer, Head of Adolescent Medicine and Gender Services at the RCH, says health professionals, such as GPs, school counsellors and...

New clinical guidelines to help with heavy menstrual bleeding

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ABC Health & Wellbeing, 20/10/2017 25 percent of Australians who menstruate experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Now, new guidelines for doctors will help ensure these people have access to the best available treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding. Professor Anne Duggan, senior medical advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, said some patients were not being...

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