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Endometriosis Affects 1 in 10 Women

1 in 10 women suffer with endometriosis

* the delay to diagnosis is ~7 years!

* it can impact quality of life and fertility

Endometriosis is a whole body disease, it’s not “just a bad period”.

It is when the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus on other parts of the body including the pelvis, bowel, ovaries and fallopian tubes.

This tissue release inflammatory chemicals which cause pain, reduce egg quality and hence affect fertility and ability to fall pregnant.

Approx. 175 million women worldwide suffer with endometriosis.

Be proactive about your health.

Ask questions, and see your general practitioner if you are experiencing symptoms.

By |2022-02-04T16:27:51+00:00January 27, 2022|Pregnancy|

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

The mission is to increase awareness and urge women to remain ever vigilant, as Ovarian cancer symptoms are vague and women often think they are caused by other conditions and may ignore them.

Dr. Donna Tanchev, Co-founder and General Practitioner at her medical in Southport feels this is such an important message and wanted to share some facts with our readers.  

  • over 1500 women each year in Australia will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and over 1000 women will die from the disease.
  • There is no screening or early detection test for ovarian cancer, so it is very important to be aware of the symptoms that it can often present with.
  • In Australia, the 5 year survival rate of a woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 46%. To put this in perspective, the breast cancer survival rate is 91%.
  • Symptoms include increasing abdominal size, bloating, fatigue, change in bowel and/or bladder habits, changes in appetite, abdominal or pelvic pain.
  • These symptoms are vague and common, and it is important to mention these symptoms to your GP especially if they are new, persistent or unusual for you.

Further symptoms

Additional symptoms include but are not limited to: unexplained weight gain or loss, excessive fatigue, lower back pain, indigestion or nausea, bleeding after menopause or in-between periods, pain during sex or bleeding after.  

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, or are worried about ovarian cancer, you can get more information, help, resources and support from Ovarian Cancer Australia. 

It is important to remember all the symptoms mentioned can be caused by other, less serious medical conditions. However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, which are persistent and affecting your day-to-day functioning, see your doctor. They will be able to examine you and if necessary, do further tests to find the cause of your problems. 

It may also be useful to track your symptoms in preparation for your appointment.


Remember, you know your body better than anyone else, so always listen to what your body is saying and trust your instincts.

Visit ovariancancer.net.au for further information


By |2022-02-04T17:02:01+00:00January 27, 2022|Screening Fact Sheets|

How to improve gut health – by a FODMA dietitian

Advice on gut health from a FODMAP dietian, Sharnie Dwyer

Gut health is one of the most talked about topics within the health industry. A quick google search will reveal a multitude of trend terms to improve gut health but how do we know if how gut health is not ideal?

Indicators of poor gut health include abdominal pain, altered bowel habits, bloating, excessive flatulence and visible distention of the abdominal region. It is common for these symptoms to wax and wane, making it hard for us to pinpoint possible causes for our symptoms. What is even more confusing is the overlap of symptoms with other disease states such as endometriosis, diverticular disease, and coeliac disease.

After the exclusion of other disease states if symptoms persist, they are collectively termed “functional bowel disorders”.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional bowel disorder worldwide, with 7-15% of the population and more women than men diagnosed with IBS before the age of 50 years old. 

Treatment Options

First line treatment and long-term management of functional gut disorders is dietary modification. Consultation with an accredited practicing dietitian who is experienced in the management of gut health has been shown to result in more effective, and quicker symptom improvements in comparison to those who self-manage. 

A quick stocktake of the volume and frequency of caffeine, alcohol, total fat intake and fluid intake may indicate areas for dietary modification to improve gut health. Fibre intake is also an important dietary component which can be self-assessed. One of the most common factors contributing to functional gut disorders is the lack of fibre, in particular insoluble fibre found in most wholegrains, nuts, and seeds. Fads diets such as “ketogenic” and low carbohydrates diets are typically lower in fibre overall and may contribute to the exacerbation of functional gut disorders. 

The FODMAP approach

If simple dietary modifications have not yielded significant symptom relief, exclusion diets such as the low FODMAP and the low food chemical diet may be introduced. Considering the complex nature of exclusion diets and the increased risk of nutrient deficiency and malnutrition that is associated with these styles of eating if they are undertaken for prolonged periods of time and are not adequately supplemented, it is not recommended that they be undertaken without adequate dietitian support. 

If your gut health is not what you think it should be, make an appointment with Accredited Practising Dietitian Sharnie Dwyer for individualised care and improved symptom management. Sharnie practices out of her medical every Wednesday. 

By |2022-02-04T16:18:46+00:00January 5, 2022|Preventative Health|
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