TIME FOR CHECK: Danielle Haller wants to encourage women to talk about their health issues.
TIME FOR CHECK: Danielle Haller wants to encourage women to talk about their health issues. Meghan Harris

'New pill' and more health advice for Toowoomba women

AT least once in their life, Toowoomba women will question if they are "normal."

The question will raise concerns about weight, body image, mental health or sex.

This week is Women's Health Week and True Relationships and Reproductive Health senior medical officer Dr Danielle Haller wants to talk about the concerns women face.

In 2015, Women's Health Week launched the new campaign No More Elephants.

The campaign was launched in a bid to get rid of "the elephant in the room'' and get people talking about women's health.

Dr Haller said she spoke with Toowoomba women about a number of issues but in particular the reproductive system and contraception.

"My job is to identify the health needs of women. In my field I talk to a lot of women about their ability to become pregnant, falling pregnant and their post-pregnancy care.

"It is a common concern, as some people have trouble falling pregnant and some don't want to fall pregnant. We help women right across the spectrum.

"For women who are not wanting to fall pregnant, the pill isn't the most efficient way to go now. It used to be but intrauterine devices and implants have far superseded the efficiency of the pill."

She said Long-Acting Reversible Contraception was the new pill.

The pill is widely known but fewer people have heard of LARC, despite being more effective. There are two types of LARCs.

The intrauterine devices are small flexible plastic devices inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy and the contraceptive implant is the hormonal method and consists of a thin rod inserted under the skin on a woman's arm.

The LARCs can prevent teen pregnancy and help other women who don't want to fall pregnant.

"The main benefit is that it is not dependant on women remembering to take a tablet every day," Dr Haller said.

"Women should go to their GP or come visit us here if they want to know more because, based on age and certain other aspects, one form of contraceptive may be better than the other.

"It has become a huge part of our business to insert intrauterine devices and teach other doctors how to do it as well."

Dr Haller encouraged all women to visit their doctor or make an appointment at True if they had any issues to discuss.

"If women are facing any problems I would encourage them to see their GP or come into our clinic," she said.

"All our doctors and nurses are female so if you feel embarrassed seeing your regular doctor you may feel more comfortable in our environment."

True Relationships and Reproductive Health is located at 4 Duggan St.

The clinic will be moving to The Bernoth Centre next month.



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