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 Consultations in all aspects of medicine including
Facial Cosmetics, anti-wrinkle, dermal and lip fillers
Family Planning, sexual health, coil and implant insertions
Minor surgery and skin
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Posts tagged “doctor explains”

Doctor Explains Birth Control IUD | Benefits, Sides Effects and More 🚺

I was interviewed by Milla Med Talks about the different Intra-Uterine Devices (IUD) that are available as birth control options in Australia.

We discuss two long acting contraceptives which can be used whether or not you’ve had children, are reversible and require one treatment only. The first of which is the hormonal IUD, which in Australia is available as the Mirena. The second is the non-hormonal option, known more commonly as the Copper Coil.

Both these treatments are reversible and can be over 99% effective for birth control, but please note they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections.


Milla Med Talks: https://youtube.com/channel/UChFSvAX6P98YkHg8eoBY4xA

Differences between IUD’s: https://youtu.be/x1stoHmJtqw

Women’s Health Tips: https://youtu.be/VviAotOsXg4

Cervical Screening Explained: https://youtu.be/c26OVcHPr4o

Free Breast Screening: https://youtu.be/quClz8rA6jc


Hormones are used to regulate physiology and behaviour, and the one used by the Mirena is a synthetic hormone for a chemical that is released locally in the womb for birth control.


The IUD is a small flexible plastic T. shaped device that fits inside the womb of a lady. It has a cylinder at the bottom which releases a steady amount of hormone every day over a period of up to five years. In Australia, it is available as the Mirena, but in other countries you can find other brands such as Skyla, Jaydess, Kyleena and Liletta as well as Mirena.

It works by changing the mucus in the cervix making it harder for sperm to move through.

It thins the womb lining, making your periods lighter and reducing the likelihood of the womb accepting a fertilised egg. It also inhibits sperm from reaching or fertilising your egg.


An IUD is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that’s inserted into your womb (uterus) by a specially trained doctor or nurse.

The IUD works by stopping the sperm and egg from surviving in the womb or fallopian tubes. It may also prevent a fertilised egg from implanting in the womb.

In Australia it’s available as Multiload or Copper T. With Multiload working for up to 5 years and Copper T working up to 10 years.


The main difference between the two is that the Mirena uses a synthetic hormone which can lead to lighter and less painful periods. However, some women do experience adverse side-effects such as headaches, acne and breast tenderness, this can reduce over the first few months depending on your body. The Copper Coil works without hormones so there are less side-effects, however it does often lead to heavier and painful periods especially for the first few months.


The treatment time takes between 10-20 minutes, it can be uncomfortable. So it is very important to take pain relief such as paracetamol and an anti-inflammatory 30 minutes to an hour beforehand.

As with all invasive treatments, there are risks involved.

- One in 1,000 insertions can perforate the womb, which can cause pain in the lower abdomen or at worst a trip to the hospital for surgery.

- One in 200 times the device may fall out, most likely to happen soon after it’s fitted.

- There is a small risk of getting an infection

- As it is not 100% effective against pregnancy, there is a small chance this can occur which may lead to an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside of the womb) or a miscarriage. These are considered to be serious and you must seek medical advice without delay should this occur.


Did you know that I also have F.S.R.H. in the title of my name? Well, that stands for having a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, meaning that I specialise in sexual health and family planning.

It’s really important that you see an appropriately trained medical practitioner.

At the higher end you can see a Gynaecologist who is a doctor that focuses on women’s reproductive health.

You can also see a Specialist General Practitioner, you can identify one usually by looking for titles in their name (for example, DFSRH means they’d have a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health), alternatively you can ask for accreditation.

Specialist Nurses with additional training and accreditation can also perform the treatment.

Please ensure that you seek an accredited medical practitioner, as this is not a routine procedure.

I hope that you’ve found this video useful and as always if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to drop me a line in the comments section below.

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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Wuhan Coronavirus - What You Should Know & How Doctors Protect Themselves

With 4 confirmed cases of the novel virus at present in Australia, measures are being taken to help stop the propagation of the virus.

In today’s episode of Dr Nora I talk to you about my battle of finding protective measures to protect myself and my patients.

It is thought that the virus may be transmitted through airborne droplets from sneezing or coughing and it is felt that the P2/N95 mask may offer some protection. As a health care practitioner seeing around 50 patients a day it is my utmost priority to look after my patients and ensure that they are safe. After work I rushed over to my local hardware store and enquired about the mask. Unfortunately, they and all of their other franchises had run out and the only ones left were darth-Vader-esq masks.

After much deliberation I got over the aesthetics and remembered the purpose and brought one. As I drove away I thought I would call local pharmacies to check their stocks. After calling 20 different pharmacies over a span of 60km I was met with the same response ‘sorry we’re out of stock’.

Rather fortunately I drove past the hospital and thought perhaps I could ask my colleagues there and explain the situation. After speaking with the staff in ED they kindly gave me a mask for myself and my staff.


Wuhan is a city in China where the virus originated from. It is not fully understood how the virus is transmitted but it is believe that it originated in a live seafood market and has so far affected over 1000 people in China with around 40 people dying. It is believed that this who have died from the virus have had underlying medical conditions.

Australia has received its first confirmed case this weekend and to date there are 4 cases in two states, NSW and QLD.


The virus causes symptoms pneumonia, including, fever, cough, shortness of breath and feeling unwell and tired. It is believed that there is an incubation period of around 14 days which means that someone may not know they have the virus immediately.


Those who have travelled to Wuhan or those who have close contacts with someone who has recently travelled or has a confirmed case.


Usual hygiene measures are crucial such as regular hand washing. It has currently not been recommended for the general public to use a mask outside of the health care setting.


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If you have a suspicion you may be affected as perhaps you’ve recently travelled from there or know a close contact. You should maintain isolation and seek medical help. It is imperative that before you go to a doctor or the ED you must call ahead so that protective measures may be taken. You will need to be in isolation to protect others around you and hence stop the propagation of this virus.

Tests can be performed to confirm the virus and treatment may be initiated. The virus is new and not much information has been released. Scientists are working on a vaccination though this can take time.

Together with your help we can stop the propagation of the virus.


Diastolic Dysfunction: https://youtu.be/p-IEhWqpPNA

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

Cervical Screening: https://youtu.be/c26OVcHPr4o

Type 2 Diabetes: https://youtu.be/UUBuDnVqpkM

Enlarged Prostate: https://youtu.be/PXGwU5AsGLM

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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