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Sex should never hurt

Is it normal to get sore down there after sex?’

Hi! I only recently have gotten a boyfriend and have started having regular sex. After 2 or more days, it starts to get a bit sore down there. Is that normal? I just assumed it was pain from friction, but I don’t know if that’s right and I’ve never sought help because it’s a bit embarrassing! Sandra, 17, in Sydney

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

It’s time for women living with ovarian cancer to have their voices heard and their experiences known.

It’s time for funding to increase and survival rates to improve. It’s time for all Australians to ovary-act in support of our women and families.

Syphilis is making a come-back — it's not looking pretty

Syphilis, a sexually transmissible infectious disease that has plagued humankind for centuries.

It's currently making a come-back and causing some unusual health problems, including vision loss. Today, syphilis is diagnosed rapidly by a simple blood test, and easily treated with an inexpensive antibiotic...

SoSAFE! launches new resource. Talk Touch Triangle Box Set

A new tool to help promote Social Safety.

SoSAFE! provides parents, carers, teachers, counsellors and other professionals with simple visual tools to enhance the training of social, socio-sexual and social safety skills. The explicit, rule-based format allows the learner to respond to situations, including intimate relationships, without having to make discretionary decisions, in response to their feelings or ‘early warning signs’.

The brand new Talk Touch Triangle Wall Chart Box Set contains two complete sets of the updated SoSAFE! Talk Touch Triangle pictographs — which are protected with cello glazed on both sides and high-quality — A3 Talk Touch Triangle poster and information on how to set up the TTT.

SHFPACT Info Brochures

Did you know SHFPACT has a wonderful range of information brochures covering STI’s, Contraception, Women's Health, Men's Health and more.

For urgent concerns where SHFPACT is unable to respond in the time required please see your GP or the Walk-in Clinic at the Canberra Hospital, or call HealthDirect on 1800 022 222. For assistance in an emergency please call 000 or 112 (digital mobile phone) or 106 (TTY, text based emergency number).

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Unplanned pregnancy counselling service

SHFPACT offers a free counselling service for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

The counselling provided is respectful, non-judgemental and non-directive and aims to provide accurate information and support for women, and their partners and/or families if needed. All options can be explored and discussed in a safe environment as needed by the individual woman.

Protecting yourself from Sexually Transmitted Infections

Protecting yourself and your sexual partners from STIs is important and easy.

On this page you'll find all the info about Sexually Transmissible Infections ( STIs). The best way to protect yourself from STIs is still with a condom and if you are sexually active having a regular sexual health check-up is a vital part of staying health and in control of your sexual health status.

Canberra Menopause Centre

Find out how menopause may affect your life and what The Canberra Menopause Centre can do for you.

Based at SHFPACT, The Canberra Menopause Centre is a dedicated service for those seeking information, support and medical management of menopause symptoms.

Menopause is the stage of life when periods cease. This occurs when the ovaries are no longer producing eggs, and is a natural life event. Menopause has three stages: perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.

How to bring your A-game to your frame

We tend to think of our skeletons as a never-changing frame. However, just like other parts of our bodies, our bones are constantly being broken down and renewed.

Bones, just like muscles, are living tissue and need to be looked after. And an important part of bone care is physical activity, to enable them to gain strength and remain strong throughout life.

But what exercise or physical activity is best for bone health? You may have heard of the term 'weight-bearing exercise', but what does the term actually mean? And how do you get the most bang for your 'exercise buck' when it comes to bone health? Here, we'll answer these questions and more.

The issue with bioidentical hormones

In recent years, bioidentical hormones have gained popularity as a more 'natural' alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and difficulty concentrating.

Bioidentical hormones are based on extracts such as yam and soybean, hence their 'natural' appeal. However, claims that they are safer and more natural than HRT – also known as menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) – are misleading and not based on scientific evidence.

Video: How are condoms made?

Next time you use a condom — which are still the best way to stop the transmission of STI's and HIV, and also prevent unplanned pregnancy btw — you can thank the totally awesome machines that worked tirelessly to make that moment happen.

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