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  • Is it true that antibiotics can affect the efficacy of the pill? Common antibiotics like penicillin and amoxicillin are prescribed regularly for a wide range of ailments, and if you’re on the pill, you’ve probably been advised by your doctor to use back-up protection while taking antibiotics. You’ll probably also notice that the information leaflet… Read More The post Do antibiotics really affec...

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  • Being sex positive means having an open-minded approach to everyone’s consensual sexual choices and behaviours, including your own. It means accepting your choices and others’ as healthy and normal, and not judging people for their preferences. It also means being respectful, regardless of a person’s sexual and reproductive choices, and embracing the rich tapestry that… Read More The post 4 Ways...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes small, painful blisters that break open and turn into ulcers. There is no cure for herpes, and it’s highly contagious, which means it’s incredibly easy to catch it from a partner during unprotected sex. Although herpes can’t be cured, there are different kinds of treatments… Read More The post Everything you need to know about ...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Endometriosis is a painful reproductive system disorder in which the tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. Millions of women around the world suffer from endometriosis, which is the leading cause of infertility and chronic pelvic pain. Although it can be a chronic and/or years-long disorder, it is diagnosable… Read More The post Endometriosis and how it aff...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Holiday nookie, summer flings… these are some of the best things about the festive season. As the partying hots up, so do our hormones, which might be why sexual health issues tend to increase at this time of year. Whether you’re getting down with a partner or hoping to hook up with your crush, you… Read More The post Holiday sex tips to keep you safe & satisfied this festive season appeared fir...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Take charge of your sexual health in 2018! Here are the top five habits you should develop in 2018 to get healthy, stay healthy and enjoy a fabulous, infection-free sex life. 5 important sexual health habits you need to start practicing today 1. Take (even better) care of your vagina From getting that discharge checked… Read More The post 5 Sexual health habits to develop in 2018 appeared first ...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • A urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common infections that women experience, with roughly one out of two women affected at least once in her life. That means if you’re a woman, there’s a fifty percent chance you’ve either had a UTI or will be affected by one in your lifetime. UTIs,… Read More The post Recurring UTIs: why they happen and how to treat them appeared first on Marie St...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • According to Statistics SA, roughly 12.6% of the South African population is HIV positive. That’s around one in 8 people, which means if you’re dating or in a non-monogamous relationship, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll come into contact with HIV positive partners. Of course, there’s the chance that you’re the HIV positive person in… Read More The post 5 Ways to protect your partner from HIV...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • We may be well into the 21st century, but widespread stigma still exists around HIV/Aids – and, according to Huffington Post, may be even more dangerous than the disease itself. Last year, Laura Derkson, Health Economist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, pointed out that: “…in 2016 the stigma surrounding HIV is probably… Read More The post The dangers of HIV stigma appeared f...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • With summer in full swing, you may be looking for an alternative to your sanitary pad. Don’t sweat it – we’ve got you covered! Here are some great alternatives to see you through the summer and beyond. 6 best alternatives to your pad 1.  Tampons Tampons are the most obvious option and they’re the easiest to… Read More The post 6 Excellent alternatives to sanitary pads appeared first on Marie Sto...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Rape is one of the prevalent crimes in South Africa, with horrifying statistics growing each day. You may be shocked to learn that even the stomach-churning stats you see in the news don’t accurately reflect the extent of this crime in South Africa – or perhaps you wouldn’t be. Perhaps you, like thousands of other… Read More The post 10 Reasons people don’t report rape & sexual assault appeared ...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • In one of our recent blog posts, we covered the topic of diabetes, a serious illness that can have dire side-effects on the organs, limbs and nerves. In this post, we’re looking at how the illness can affect your sexual and reproductive health if left undetected, untreated, and/or poorly managed. The impact of diabetes on… Read More The post Effects of diabetes on sexual and reproductive health ...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • We heard a lot about diabetes on World Diabetes Day on 14 November, but how much do you actually know about the disease that affects around 3.5 million South Africans – and more critically, are you at risk? There are another estimated five million South Africans with pre-diabetes – that is, the propensity to develop… Read More The post Diabetes Q&A: vital facts you need to know, plus 5 symptoms ...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • The term ‘human rights defender’ sounds very official, but you, in fact, might be one without even realising it – and if you aren’t, it’s something you could be at any moment. A human rights defender is someone who, either alone or together with others, helps to fight for, uphold and protect the human rights… Read More The post 3 Ways to be a human rights defender & protect women in your communi...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Are you, or is someone you care about, trapped in an abusive relationship? Recently we looked at the cycle of abuse: the four stages of behaviour that are usually repeated as a never-ending pattern in abusive relationships. These four stages are: Tension-building phase, when the victim becomes aware that an abusive incident is imminent. The… Read More The post How to leave an abusive relationshi...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • In the 1970s, psychologist Lenore Walker developed a social cycle theory known as the cycle of abuse, which identified a specific pattern that most abusive relationships follow. These four phases are evident in the majority of violent relationships, and they repeat themselves over and over again, no matter how many times the abuser promises to… Read More The post The cycle of abuse: the 4 phases...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • In the final instalment of our Body of Work: Abortion Conversations series, we’re exploring the work of artist Nicola Harris. Body of Work: Abortion Conversations features artists who have developed pieces specifically on the topic of abortion. The exhibition, hosted by Marie Stopes in conjunction Amnesty International and EASI, the End Abortion Stigma Initiative, was… Read More The post Body of...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • We’re continuing with our Abortion Conversations interviews, which were held following the recent Body of Work: Abortion Conversations exhibition. The exhibition was hosted by Marie Stopes in conjunction with Amnesty International and EASI, the End Abortion Stigma Initiative, as part of the city’s First Thursday initiatives. Body of Work: Abortion Conversations features artists who have… Read Mor...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Marie Stopes and EASI co-hosted a workshop on abortion stigma for artists earlier this year. At the workshop, artists were given the opportunity to discuss abortion with experts in the field and to have time to develop the concepts for their artworks with other artists. The exhibition used art as a platform to spark conversations… Read More The post Body of Work: Abortion Conversations exhibitio...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Marie Stopes, in conjunction with Amnesty International and EASI – the End Abortion Stigma Initiative – recently hosted the Body of Work: Abortion Conversations exhibition. Held as part of Cape Town’s First Thursday event, the exhibit used art as a platform to encourage conversations about abortion, still one of the most stigmatised reproductive issues facing… Read More The post Body of Work: Ab...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Postpartum depression, also known as post-natal depression, affects around 10% to 40% of new mothers. Ironically, despite its prevalence, there still exists a great stigma around postpartum depression – the feeling that you’re so overwhelmed or depressed by motherhood, that you have no interest in caring for your child, or feel completely unable to. It’s… Read More The post Postpartum depression...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Being overweight or obese can significantly increase your chances of many serious diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is because the extra fat in your body can have harmful side effects, like producing hormones and proteins that affect how your cells function. Cancer is the result of abnormal cell growth, and studies have… Read More The post Obesity and cancer risk: 14 t...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • A douche isn’t just a jerky guy in a Hollywood movie. ‘Douching’ also refers to the practice of washing out your vagina with homemade cleansers (such as a mix of water and vinegar) or off-the-shelf feminine products and washes. The implication is that the vagina is a dirty, smelly organ that requires manual cleansing in… Read More The post What is douching and why is it bad for you? appeared fir...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Most of us experience anxiety from time to time, but for some, that anxiety can end up destroying our quality of life. It’s normal to worry about certain things, but when that worry consumes your thoughts, affects your sleeping and/or eating patterns, and generally becomes all-consuming, it’s time to do something about it. Here are… Read More The post 7 Practical ways to manage your anxiety appe...

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Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you’re never too young or too ‘low-risk’ to pay attention to the facts. Here are 10 facts about the disease that could save your life. Read more: 10 Myths about breast cancer 10 Facts all South Africans should know about breast cancer Breast cancer is the most common type… Read More The post 10 Breast cancer facts all South Africans need to know appeared f...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Have you started experiencing pain or discomfort when you’re having sex? Unless it’s your first time or you have a medical condition you’re aware of, sex shouldn’t hurt. If you’re experiencing any kind of discomfort during intercourse, you should get to your doctor, gynae or sexual healthcare clinic as soon as possible. Here are seven… Read More The post What causes pain during sex? 7 culprits t...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • In South Africa, one in 26 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life. Knowing the facts about the disease can help you stay healthy, and to detect it early if it strikes. Remember: early detection is key to beating breast cancer. Read more: How to do a breast self-exam. 10 Breast cancer… Read More The post Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 10 Myths about breast cancer appeared first on...

Marie Stopes South Africa
Marie Stopes South Africa
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  • Some days it feels like we have our emotions perfectly in check, but other days, it seems like they drive us to make knee-jerk decisions. Fear, anger, bitterness, elation, over-excitement and euphoria – these kinds of extreme feelings can lead us to make spur-of-the-moment decisions that don’t always serve us in the long run. Emotions… Read More The post How to take charge of your emotions: 5 li...

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