This year, we are encouraging all Victorian women to focus on their reproductive health.
Women’s health needs change throughout life. Menstruation, fertility, contraception, safe sex, pregnancy, cervical screening and menopause are a few of the reproductive health matters affecting women across their life stages.
Some women do not know who to turn to and are not getting the help they need to access important treatment. Consider these facts:
- Around 200,000 Victorian women have endometriosis. Some may experience symptoms (such as strong period pain and pelvic pain), while others have no symptoms at all.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 7 Victorian girls and women. Symptoms vary from person to person and throughout different life stages.
- Many conditions affecting women are treatable. For instance, the Mirena (a hormonal intrauterine device) can help women who have heavy menstrual bleeding.
Whether you are looking after others, too busy or don’t know how to go about it, take some time to look after your health.
Where to find information about women’s reproductive health in Victoria
To help you on your way, here is a list of reputable sources in Victoria that include:
- health websites and digital tools (such as mobile apps)
- women’s health services and organisations
- phone lines to gain immediate assistance
- information in community languages.
If you need more information on specific topics refer to fact sheets on the Better Health Channel.