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Thursday 27 March 2014
News

in brief: Alaskan senator wants women to have pregnancy tests before drinking in bars

Shannon O'Keefe
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A state senator in Alaska is advocating that women have pregnancy tests before drinking in bars. State senator Pete Kelly believes that if this happened women would no longer drink when pregnant, thus not giving birth to babies with foetal alcohol syndrome. Senator Kelly also claims that birth control such as the pill is not…
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Monday 10 March 2014
News

in brief: study finds access to birth control does not encourage ‘risky’ sex

Ally Van Schilt
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According to a new study released this week by Obstetrics & Gynaecology journal in the United States, no-cost access to birth control does not encourage women to engage in risky or ‘promiscuous’ sexual behaviour. The study tracked the sexual behaviour of 7,751 women aged between 14 and 45 years, all of whom were given free…
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Sunday 1 December 2013
Health News

in brief: government approves new long-acting contraceptive

Ruby Grant
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In order to address high rates of abortion in Australia, the government has approved a new long-lasting intra-uterine contraceptive. Recent studies have found that approximately 70 000 women undergo abortions in Australia each year, 60 per cent of whom were using a form of contraception at the time. Data from South Australia and Western Australia…
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Thursday 26 September 2013
Get Involved Health World

why contraception is your best friend

Matylda Buczko
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Today is World Contraception Day, and there is no better time for couples and sexually active people – particularly young people – to be informed about sex, reproductive health and contraception. The motto of the day is: ‘It’s Your Life, It’s Your Future, Know Your Options’. It seems like a pretty simple message. Contraception, whether…
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Monday 23 September 2013
Featured Opinion Sexuality

pregnant pause: why women need to (properly) think over the withdrawal method

Sarah Iuliano
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In high school, we’re taught all about different methods of birth control. There’s the oral contraceptive pill (a winner for women since the 1960s), condoms, Implanon, diaphragms, IUDs, and many more options that I can barely remember because we’re so spoilt for choice. Oh, and sterilisation! In the US, heterosexual Generation Y women are reportedly…
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Friday 2 August 2013
News

in brief: law firm investigates case for class action over popular birth control pill

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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  An Adelaide law firm is looking at a case for legal action on behalf of women who suffered side-effects as a result of taking the popular contraceptive pill Yasmin and its alternate, Yaz. Forty women so far have contacted the firm Tindall Gask Bentley over the case. Their website states that ‘Australian women who…
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Monday 17 December 2012
Culture Opinion

(sex)uality: condoms and dental dams – do you use them?

Sara Berndt
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Do you find it difficult to be assertive about condoms? Do you find it extremely difficult to be assertive about using condoms and dental dams when performing oral sex? Starting a new sexual relationship with anyone is fraught with a multitude of awkward questions. Are we dating? Is this causal? Are we going to have…
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Thursday 6 September 2012
Featured Opinion

(sex)uality: no glove, no love

lip magazine
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In episode one of Girls (yeah, we’re back there again), Hannah and her ‘casual sex partner’ Adam are about to get down to business, when she says ‘Will you get a condom?’ To which he replies, ‘I’ll consider it.’ Hmmm. Wrong answer, Adam. Bringing up contraception when you’re about to have sex can sometimes be…
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Sunday 26 August 2012
Featured

healthy bytes: antibiotics

Ruby Mahoney
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Chances are you’ll be prescribed antibiotics at some point in your life. For an ear infection as a child; for acne as a teen; for tonsillitis or bronchitis (or any other kind of –itis) during one of these dreary winters. You probably know people who swear they’ll never take antibiotics, and others who start popping…
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Thursday 5 July 2012
Opinion

(sex)uality : the morning after pill

Zoya J. Patel
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I worked in a pharmacy for about 4 years while I was at university. I loved my job as a dispensary tech, despite the often gross conversations I would be forced into with customers. Some favourites include the time a guy tried to make me touch the wart that was blooming under his armpit, and…
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Monday 12 March 2012
Featured Opinion

‘haters’ and controversy makers

Emma Koehn
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Two weeks ago, ultra conservative American radio man Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves in criticism. The subject of his critique was Sandra Fluke, a law student who had testified at a Steering Committee hearing in support of having health coverage for contraceptives. Limbaugh’s analysis almost exploded social media, from the moment that he called…
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