PennySharpe.png"With a big shout out to hip hop artists Salt-N-Pepa, tonight I want to talk about sex, and I want to pay tribute to the organisations and individuals that talk about sex every day. In particular I want to pay tribute to an organisation that this year will celebrate 90 years of talking about sex, educating about sex and providing training to doctors and nurses about sex and human sexuality - an organisation that has talked openly, without shame and with accuracy, about all the good things and the bad things sex may be; and an organisation that understands the role of relationships in human wellbeing and the empowerment that comes from knowledge about sex, especially for women."

Knocked up

Last week, the news that detox teas could interfere with the contraceptive Pill - and potentially result in an unplanned pregnancy - came as a shock to many of us.

It was an all-too-real reminder that falling pregnant while taking the Pill can happen, although thankfully it’s relatively uncommon. According to Family Planning NSW, the combined Pill is 99.7 per cent accurate with perfect use — perfect being the operative word here.

Sexual injuriesWe can all get a little carried away when we’re getting down ‘n dirty, but have you ever thought about those poor peeps that have had to be rushed away to the emergency room after a particularly rowdy round of S-E-X?

90th Anniversary ConferenceTo commemorate 90 years as the state’s leading provider of reproductive and sexual health services, Family Planning NSW,  the first family planning organisation in Australia, is hosting a two-day conference on November 3 and 4. It focuses on opportunities and challenges surrounding reproductive and sexual health internationally and locally.

A study recently published in JAMA Psychiatry linking hormonal contraception with depression has provoked a lot of media interest and may raise questions from our patients. This summary provides an overview of the study and its implications so we can support informed decision-making in relation to contraceptive choices.

sub-buzz-24867-1476918125-1.png?resize=625:346&no-autoThe World Health Organisation disagrees.

Anti-abortion documentary Hush, which shows a purported link between abortion and an increased chance of developing breast cancer, will be screened at a fundraiser for Women’s Forum Australia, “an independent women’s think-tank”, in Melbourne.

gettyimages-487091374.jpg?itok=RqtlB-dx&mtime=1476853659Like most matters of the body and heart, contraception is very much a personal choice. But are we fully aware of all the choices available to us?

Reproductive and sexual health experts, Dr Mary Stewart and Dr Deborah Bateson, are currently asking health professionals to encourage patients to consider long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods.


Since it took the world by storm in the sixties, Australian women have embraced the pill.

We were the second nation in the world to have access to this revolutionary tablet and up to 80 per cent of Australian women will use it at some point in their lives.

Family Planning NSW is hosting a forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability of all ages to address sexuality issues across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The forum will include presentations and workshops on disability and sexuality, preparing for puberty, relationships and dating and tips for talking about sex and answering tricky questions.

There's a lot to like about the pill – it stops unwanted pregnancies, it allows you to skip your period and in many cases, you won't notice any difference to your body or brain.

Dollarphotoclub_82287165.jpg?resize=1140%2C641&ssl=1Family Planning NSW says the current situation is locking out lower-income women from accessing the right medication Dr Deborah Bateson.

The PillIt has been 55 years since the pill hit the Australian market and it remains the most popular method of contraception, despite a host of other longer-acting options becoming available in that time.

gnav_logo.gifIt's expensive, it takes heaps of time and it hurts. Why do we put so much effort into maintaining body hair? And what can happen when you decide not to anymore?

This year marks the 90th anniversary of Family Planning NSW, the organisation which started the family planning movement in Australia in 1926. To celebrate this significant milestone, Family Planning NSW is hosting an international two-day Conference and Gala Dinner on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November 2016.

We use contraception for a bunch of different reasons: to ward off STIs, to stop unplanned pregnancies, to regulate hormonal issues, and as a general precaution when having sex with a new partner. There are heaps of different methods out there, and each of them has different advantages and side effects to think about.

It is essential to clearly visualise the cervix when taking a Pap smear – and this requirement will continue with the changes to the cervical screening program in 2017 with the switch from Pap tests to primary HPV screening.

Cryotherapy - Solomon IslandsFamily Planning NSW is partnering with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) to provide new cervical screening services for women over 25 years old.

Mele village VanuatuThere are many women in Vanuatu who live on the outer islands, or in more rural or remote areas, or who cannot afford the transport into a clinic or hospital in town. To reach them, VFHA nurses will go to them, running outreach clinics from small village health centres.

Family Planning NSW is today launching a new video campaign, ‘What’s LARC?’, to encourage women to consider Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) when making decisions about their fertility management.

A significant lack of contraceptive information resources in the Aboriginal community in the Hunter region led to a four-year project. Hey Sister! Hey Brother! is a new information booklet tailored to address contraception awareness of Aboriginal women and men in the Hunter region.


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