For many women, the menopause years are often met with physical, emotional and mental changes. And often, just as you are navigating the tricky symptoms of hot flushes, night sweats or increased anxiety levels, you are greeted by another unwelcome visitor: weight gain.
Menopause was once a life stage of secrecy and mystery – whispered ‘women’s-only’ business – but thanks to more research and greater awareness, today’s midlife women can have a different experience to those of previous generations.
Sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder. But did you know it can dramatically increase your risk of heart disease? Given that heart disease is the number-one killer of women in Australia, this is something you need to know about.
When it comes to breast health, the important thing to learn is what’s normal for you. We spoke to Jean Hailes specialist Dr Sonia Davison to learn what breast changes are to be expected throughout life and when you should seek advice from a health professional.
Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about how to support your digestive system through eating everyday foods. Here are her five top foods to nourish your gut bacteria for good health.
If the colder weather has you thinking non-stop about food, why not focus on the seasonal foods that are actually good for you, instead of reaching for unhealthy choices and try these winter-food winners.
Here are some of the common questions that Jean Hailes gynaecologist Dr Elizabeth Farrell gets asked in her work, along with her answers and links to Jean Hailes’ evidence-based information.
If you’re struggling to find the right words or aren’t sure how to broach the subject of safe sex, here are some fast facts, hints and tips to help get you talking with your new partner.
The skin of the vulva is extremely delicate, making it susceptible to a wide range of conditions. Vulval irritation is relatively common in women of all ages, with skin conditions and infections often being the cause.
With the holiday season approaching, life can get pretty busy, so how do you find the time to take care of your health? It turns out that healthy choices, even a quick two minutes in the kitchen, can give you some big rewards.
When it comes to eating to improve your memory, it’s all in the mind – that is, a diet called the MIND diet. The MIND diet is a way of eating that highlights foods and nutrients that are strongly linked with protecting the brain, as backed by science.
We know that hormones govern the menstrual cycle and key points of reproductive life such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause, but how much do they affect other parts of life – such as sleep?
You may be surprised to know that heart disease is the number-one cause of death for women over 50 years of age. In fact, women are four times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder. PCOS is quite common, affecting between 12-18% of women of reproductive age and up to 21% of women in some high-risk groups, such as Indigenous women.
Whether you are a ‘glass half-full’ kind of person can say a lot about your health and your life choices as well. Don’t believe it? Then you should look at some of the research on the topic – it might surprise you.
Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella explains, there are healthy ways to snack and unhealthy ways to snack. “The best snacks for brain health keep your energy stable throughout the day, rather than on a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs.”
One in five women experience it and it’s a topic that women want to know more about. So we sit down with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health gynaecologist Dr Elizabeth Farrell and ask the questions that you’ve been wanting to know.
Most women have their own go-to treatment when they feel that first sign or twinge of pain, but it’s important to assess all your period pain management options, to ensure you’re getting the best, safest and most effective treatment for you.
Chances are you’ve taken a natural therapy in your lifetime and you might have swallowed them down without a second thought, but as with any healthy decision, it’s important to stop and ask: is this safe for me?
For many women, the motivation to exercise comes from wanting to lose weight. However, it’s important to know that the benefits of exercise run much deeper than simply dropping a dress size.
Your vagina is home to huge populations of micro-organisms. But know that these tiny organisms are actually vital for the health of your vagina and your health overall, and it’s important to get the balance right.
Your sexuality is an important part of your health and wellbeing; a part of yourself that, at times, may require care, thought, attention and focus just like any other part of your health and wellbeing.
Trying to understand food labels can be pretty daunting. Thankfully, there are a few key pieces of information that can help you to quickly make healthy and informed choices.
New Year’s resolutions are a great way to break out of a rut and motivate yourself to make positive changes. You may have written a two-page list of goals but just remember that changing habits takes work and determination.
Sometimes, for women, the need to please those we love and impress those we don’t can leave us feeling as though we haven’t lived up to expectations. This busy time of year can make those feelings even more acute.
Midlife spread is the common name for the extra roll of abdominal fat many women develop around menopause, thought to be due to reduced oestrogen levels encouraging a change in fat storage.
There are simple ways to keep bones healthy at any age and help prevent osteoporosis. Calcium is one of the foundations of strong bones. Get started with these calcium-rich recipes from Jean Hailes and Dairy Australia.
It’s estimated that 1.5 million Australians currently suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Each year the economic impact of this is an estimated $5.1 billion in lost productivity, accidents and absenteeism.
Research shows that older women are still interested in sex, however, Australia’s increasing rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in the over 65s suggests are a concern.
Our musculoskeletal system allows our bodies to move. This vital collection of muscles, cartilage, tendons, bones, ligaments and joints provides support, stability and our overall shape.
Many find that it can be difficult to make sense of what the research around HRT is telling us. How does it work, what are the benefits and, importantly, what are the risks that come with HRT?
When it comes to your breasts, vulva and vagina, sometimes it is easier to look at what is not normal. Having the know-how to spot the changes and seek medical help is one of the foundations of a healthy lifestyle.
Thyroid conditions or abnormalities are five times more common in women than in men. Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer.
Did you know? More than 1 in 10 Australian women are endangering their long-term health with the amount of alcohol they drink. The age group most at risk? 55-64. “It may be surprising to many people that women in their 50s are drinking at such risky levels,” says Jean Hailes dietitian Terrill Bruere, “but this […]
Now the ‘silly season’ is behind us, and we’ve eaten or drunk all the leftovers, it’s time to get our health back on track for 2013. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, which most of us can’t sustain*, plan for good health through the year without any guilt. “Think of it as a plan for […]
When people ask how you are, is your standard response “Good thanks, I’m so busy”? It seems we rate the importance of our lives by how busy we are – as if this is a good thing. ‘Busy’ is more than a state of being – it’s a state of mind, and maybe a way […]
Only a third of Australians know when is the best time in a woman’s cycle to have sex in order to conceive, and only 20 per cent know the age at which a woman’s fertility starts to decline. During Fertility Week, 3-9 September 2012, would-be parents are being encouraged to learn and share information on […]
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, The University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Southern Cross University are collaborating to put acupuncture to the test. The Acupause trial is now recruiting women who are over 40 to attend acupuncture sessions at one of 15 locations in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Hot flushes affect up to […]
Bowel habits vary between people, and can change with time. Not all changes indicate disease, but some should be discussed with a doctor. Frequency Anything from several times in a day to a few times per week can be normal. Texture Stools should be soft, sausage-shaped and easy to pass. Constipation (hard, dry stools that […]
Dieting, if it helps at all, is a short-term fix: Almost everyone who goes on a weight loss diet regains any weight they lost (and more) within two years. For long-term and sustainable results, say health experts, focus instead on healthy living and preventing weight gain. 6th May was International No Diet Day, established in […]