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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
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Posts tagged “pregnancy”

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.

COMPANION VIDEOS

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

WHAT ARE HORMONES?

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.

HORMONAL IUD

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.

COPPER COIL (IUD)

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.

DIFFERENCES

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.

TREATMENT

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.

PRACTITIONERS

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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Pregnant?As part of your antenatal programme be sure to have your Oral Glucose Tolerance Test from 24-28 weeks. This test is available to all pregnant women and helps to detect a condition known as Gestational Diabetes. This is a form of diabetes...

Pregnant?

As part of your antenatal programme be sure to have your Oral Glucose Tolerance Test from 24-28 weeks. This test is available to all pregnant women and helps to detect a condition known as Gestational Diabetes. This is a form of diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy and requires further specialist involvement during your pregnancy. If diagnosed you may be at risk of delivering a large baby, having low blood sugar for you and baby and in more serious cases baby may have difficulty breathing after delivery. It’s important to remember that most women with Gestational Diabetes have normal healthy babies.

The test consists of having a blood test followed by a sugary drink and a further blood test 1 and 2 hours later.

Treatment of Gestational Diabetes in pregnancy usually consists of education about healthy eating and exercise, blood sugar monitoring and in some cases oral medication or insulin injections.

If you have any further questions please pop by and see me in clinic.

Take care and stay healthy 😘

Dr Nora 💉

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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUDDLING 🦁Research has shown that cuddling can ease stress, increase happiness, strengthen relationships and may even help you sleep. 💤
So this weekend I’m prescribing you all to get out there and have a cuddle 🐥
WARNING: If...

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUDDLING 🦁

Research has shown that cuddling can ease stress, increase happiness, strengthen relationships and may even help you sleep. 💤

So this weekend I’m prescribing you all to get out there and have a cuddle 🐥

WARNING: If you’re planning to get pregnant or already are, always keep safe and avoid changing cat litter and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.

Take care and stay healthy 😘

Dr Nora 💉

Source: https://instagram.com/p/BxAC9prAHrC/

Don’t suffer alone 🆘Up to 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men experience depression during pregnancy. Anxiety is also a common symptom in expecting parents.
Other symptoms include; panic attacks where your heart is racing, feeling of worry, mood swings,...

Don’t suffer alone 🆘

Up to 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men experience depression during pregnancy. Anxiety is also a common symptom in expecting parents.

Other symptoms include; panic attacks where your heart is racing, feeling of worry, mood swings, feeling sad, having little or no interest to things that usually bring joy or thoughts of self harm.

Parents who have had a baby recently may also experience feelings of low mood, this affects 1 in 7 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads. These feelings may be present after delivery or may gradually appear over a period of a few weeks or months during the first year of brith.

It is really important that if you or your partner experience any of these symptoms or have any concerns that you seek medical advice. There is plenty of help so you do not need to be alone. Treatment will vary on an individual basis but may include speaking therapies, medication or support groups.

If you have any concerns please pop by and see me in clinic.

Take care and stay healthy x

Dr Nora 😊

For further support and advice head to:

panda.org.uk

National Helpline: 1300 726 306

MumSpace.com.au

Headtohealth.gov.au

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Mums are Superheroes! 👏

This week marks World Breastfeeding Week🤱

Breast milk is often considered to be the baby’s first vaccine as it’s rich in nutrients that help to fight infections such as pneumonia and help development of the gut.

It is important that if you are breastfeeding that you look after yourself as you’ll need a good amount of energy to keep up your supply. This includes having a good healthy balanced diet with sufficient iron and vitamins that can be found naturally in fruit, vegetables and meat.

Sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t always work out and don’t fear if that’s you. There are alternatives such as donor milk or formula. There different types of formula on the market - Cow’s milk based, formula with added probiotics, gold, thickened and hypoallergenic formula.

Cow’s milk formula is suitable for most babies and it is similar to breast milk, however it is always important to check with your doctor or pharmacist before using.

But of course if you are able to, it is recommended to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of life, you can supplement breast milk with solids for up to 2 years as wished.

If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding please pop by and see me in clinic.

Take care and stay healthy x

Dr Nora 😊

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