Hormones & the Menstrual Cycle
The female cycle is one of the least understood aspects of women in our society. Most women have no idea when they ovulate, don’t understand what their hormonal birth control does to their bodies (and minds) and don’t really understand why they get a period.
Then there are all the things that can go wrong. Hormones are complex chemical messengers that pass signals from cell to cell, and if there are too many, not enough, or any dysfunction in between, things can go haywire quickly.
Here we tackle some big and small issues, provide educational resources, and hints and tips on how to get the most out of your cycle.
She isn’t sure if the bleeding she is experiencing is her period or was caused by her boyfriend’s penis.
The combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP), also known as “the pill”, is often touted as the answer to fixing hormonal imbalance. It is one of the main treatments for PCOS for those not wishing to get pregnant. But how much do you really know about the COCP? Only you...
Don’t want to take the pill? Weigh up the pros and cons of the alternatives here…
Not sure what is in your contraceptive? Find out here.
Low-gi, low-sugar, PCOS-friendly chia pudding breakfast
Acne is one of the most stressful skin conditions anyone can have at any age. PCOS can cause acne to persist well beyond our teenage years, which can lead to low self confidence, depression, anxiety and social inhibition. Many will feel embarrassed, judged and even...
Not sure what to eat? Print this handy chart and keep it nearby.
A quick overview of Estrace vaginal cream for atrophic vaginitis.
Adnexal torsion is the twisting of the ovary causing sudden and severe pain.
Learn how BV attacks the mucous plug that keeps your baby safe.
There are no guarantees when it comes to preventing tears and an episiotomy during childbirth, but you can certainly up your chances of staying intact.
Itchy? Learn the causes of vulvar itching.
A 58-year-old woman is experiencing unusual cuts, bleeding, and pain in and around her vagina and anus.
Conservative approaches to naming body parts – including genitals – are having a negative impact on our kids.
Stop letting your vulva be a mystery to you! Here’s how to investigate.
This is the complete guide to catching an STD on purpose.
What does it mean to be cissexist? We have made a basic list.
This product may act in a tonic fashion by providing the vagina with ingredients to deter pathogens, encourage normal vaginal flora, and moisturise vaginal mucous membranes.
Pelvic relaxation syndromes cause tissue to move from one place, into another space that it is not supposed to occupy, due to lax ligaments, muscle, and tendons.
We take a closer look at the nighttime formula for PMS by VH Essentials.
We discuss the product to see how it works.
A double uterus usually also means a double cervix and a double vagina – but not always. This anatomical abnormality usually doesn’t present too many problems, but care must be taken with pregnancies.
A uterine inversion is a dangerous – but correctable in most cases – birthing complication whereby the uterus pops out after being dragged by the still-attached placenta.
A unicornuate uterus is an anatomical abnormality that presents in several ways, and interferes with successful pregnancies.
The abortion drone lift-off to Northern Ireland is ready for flight.
Unopposed oestrogen can be dangerous, leading to certain types of cancers.
A lawsuit was settled in 2014 against the pharmaceutical companies that developed and market the NuvaRing, Merck, Organon and Schering-Plough. The plaintiffs accuse the companies of failing to disclose dangerous side-effects and say the active drug in the NuvaRing,...
A 48-year-old woman is suffering an itchy vaginal opening and a mysterious cut. What’s wrong?
A 25-year-old has a pinching feeling when inserting tampons. What is it?
Is she bleeding from a sex wound or from irregular periods? We discuss.
See what your treatment might have in store for you vaginally.
Confused about what to expect from your pelvic exam? We detail the doctor’s instructions.
There are a series of tests that may be conducted – find out what your test actually means and why it’s being done.
Congenital syphilis is completely treatable, but untreated, can cause serious and permanent health problems.
Women & their Microbes was a huge success last year with over 90 participants from over nine countries. This time the theme is reproduction, with the one-day event covering hands-on workshops and lectures from leaders in the medical and scientific community.
We examine a review of how childhood experiences impact menarche and menopause.
What to look at when periods don’t arrive on time.
Cervical stenosis is the narrowing – for whatever reason – of the cervix, which is the neck of tissue joining the vagina and uterus.
An overview of DSD.
Those with 5-ARD are genetically male, but have ambiguous genitalia due to an enzymatic interruption in the womb.
A condition whereby babies born as genetic males have an androgen receptor problem that means they turn, more or less, into females, including gender identity and heterosexuality.
Ambiguous genitals means it’s really hard to tell if a child is a boy or a girl, and there are a handful of common causes of this anatomical abnormality.
We discuss the impact of the Depo Provera contraceptive injection on BV.
Women with diabetes and blood sugar dysregulation get more yeast infections due to high glucose levels in the vagina feeding the yeasts.
She had a miscarriage and her bleeding has been all over the place since. What’s going on?
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Can you get pregnant from a penis rubbing on a vagina? We discuss.
Why she is or isn’t probably pregnant…
A trans man has a clitoral cut that won’t heal – we discuss why this might be happening and how he can fix it.
A quick chat about using the Killing BV book and treatment while pregnant.
The acidity or alkalinity of the vagina impacts on how glycogen is broken down by amylase. This impacts lactobacilli numbers. We explain how.
Researchers take a look at contraception trends in Australia.
Learn about female sexual function, and the what, why and how of when things go awry.
Ever wondered what a penis or clitoris feels like? You have what you need to find out!
The Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in the US has hypothesised (using research) that the oral contraceptive pill causes vulvodynia by causing changes to the hormone receptors in the vulvar vestibular mucosa. Thinning may occur in the vulvar vestibule causing...
A 15-year-old is having trouble with tampons falling out. See how she can fix it.
A 15-year-old girl is having a weird time with her hymen – did it grow back?
A basic overview of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).
A short description of the pseudo-penis.
Why can’t a tampon just fall right out? We explain.
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding is usually a result of not ovulating, resulting in irregular bleeding.
We review the options for the causes of mid-cycle or unusual spotting and bleeding.
Vaginal cuts persist every 3-5 weeks for a year – what’s wrong?
Pre-cum, underwear and pregnancy: help!
How to avoid grossing out the people you care about with your period.
Moistening the vaginas of women suffering from the side-effects of breast cancer treatment.
A short description of the four types of epithelial cells found in the human vaginal tract.
The VMI is a test for ratios of certain cell types in the vagina that help determine the state of vaginal tissues from hormonal indicators.
Oestriol is a weak oestrogen, the end product of E1 and E2 metabolism, useful for some vaginal conditions.
Gynoflor is a combination of oestrogen and lactobacilli used to repopulate the vagina after treatment for infections.
Ideas for helping you decide if you want to have an abortion or not.
Taking a closer look at abortions – how, when, where.
A dry tampon pulled out has resulted in bleeding. Where is the blood coming from?
Adenomyosis is where your period cells (endometrium) end up trapped in the wall of your uterus.
Endometrial hyperplasia is the overgrowth of the ‘period-producing’ cells in your uterus.
We discuss the causes of heavy periods.
Cervical polyps are of unknown origin, are usually benign and can be removed easily.
Fibroids are a mysterious growth on the uterine or cervical tissue.
Instructions on how to take a look at your own cervix.
What do you do if seeing your period creeps you out?
Yanking out a tampon has caused urinary and vaginal pain at her next period. Why?
What’s the story with pre-cum and pregnancy? We explain.
A woman is suffering low-oestrogen signs with vulvar cracking and tearing.
Don’t know how to have sex? We explain.
The oral contraceptive pill can be used as the morning-after pill – they are the same thing, just different doses.
The contraceptive patch looks a bit like a square band-aid, which you stick onto your stomach, butt or upper arm. You change it every week for three weeks on and one week off, so you get breakthrough bleeding which seems like a period (but actually isn't a true...
Choosing the right birth control is hard.
You gotta do what you gotta do.
Tampon sex has its pros and cons.
Tampons are thought to be pretty safe to use.
Tampons are being used as glowing beacons of pollution.
Dioxins are one of the ‘dirty dozen’ worst toxic pollutants.
What tampon absorbency ratings mean.
A short history of tampons.
A young lady is burning after being fingered during her period.
A short explanation of vaginal atresia.
Does she have a short vagina or is she just doing it all wrong?
All you need to know about vaginal prolapse – causes, symptoms and treatment options.
A study shows that oral pilocarpine can offer those on chemotherapy relief from vaginal dryness with mild side effects.
A great and funny story by a smart and hilarious lady who decides to take on the Mississippi Health Department.