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Vaginal thrush

Itching around the vagina is commonly caused by infection with a yeast called Candida albicans and is known as vaginal thrush.

Women's Health

Getting pregnant

Getting pregnant is easy for some women, but for others it can be a difficult. Women are most fertile between 20 and 24 years of age, after which fertility declines.

Babies & Pregnancy

Rhesus-negative blood and pregnancy

If you have rhesus negative blood, your fetus may be at risk for health problems. This is true only if the fetus has Rh positive blood. A simple test followed by treatment can help prevent problems.

Heart & Stroke

Pap smear tests

Pap smear tests are currently used in Australia as a screening test for cervical cancer. A Pap smear test can detect changes in the cells of the cervix that may develop into cancer.

Women's Health

Osteoporosis prevention

Osteoporosis prevention involves lifestyle measures to address any risk factors you may have for osteoporosis. There are also medicines that can be used to help prevent osteoporosis in certain at-risk people.

Seniors' Health

Osteoporosis treatment options

Osteoporosis treatment choices (including medicines and lifestyle measures) are based on your age, sex, general health, the severity of your osteoporosis and the likelihood of you breaking a bone. 

Seniors' Health

Asthma overview

About one in 9 Australians has asthma. Both children and adults get asthma, and while there is no cure, most people are able to control their symptoms by avoiding their triggers and taking medicines. 

Asthma

Prolapsed uterus

A prolapsed uterus (uterine prolapse) is when the uterus (womb) drops down from its normal position. It may cause no symptoms but if troublesome can be treated with self-care measures, pessaries or surgery.

Women's Health

Congenital heart defects

Congenital heart defects are problems with the structure of the heart that are present from birth. The defects develop during pregnancy. In Australia, as many as one baby in 100 is born with a heart defect.

Heart & Stroke

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is a condition where the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries (vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs) is higher than normal, putting a strain on the right side of the heart.

Respiratory Health

Habit cough in children

A habit cough is a repetitive cough that occurs in the absence of any underlying disease. The cough is usually loud, harsh, honking or barking, and usually affects school age children.

Respiratory Health

Gilbert syndrome

Gilbert syndrome is a mild condition in which there is an excess of bilirubin in the blood. You may at times develop mild jaundice, with slight yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.

Gastrointestinal Health

Antibiotics

Antibiotics attack bacteria - germs responsible for certain infections. Each antibiotic attacks different types of bacteria and will be useful for treating particular infections.

Medicines

Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy - disease of the heart muscle - can affect adults and children. Damage to the heart muscle can lead to heart failure and dangerous irregular heart rhythms in some people.

Heart & Stroke

Lung function tests

Lung function tests, or pulmonary function or breathing tests, can show how well your lungs and airways are working, help diagnose respiratory conditions and monitor the response to treatments.

Tests & Investigations

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) — also called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or ME/CFS — is a complex condition. It causes extreme fatigue, sleep problems, pain and other symptoms.

First Aid & Self-Care