Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. Please note that we will not be offering phone appointments over the Easter Weekend (10-13 April). 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) until the end of April. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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Thrush or candidiasis

Thrush or candidiasis can occur after sex but can also affect people who are not sexually active.  This page outlines the symptoms and treatment for thrush or candidiasis.

WHAT IS IT?

Thrush or candidiasis is caused by a yeast organism that irritates the mucous membrane of the genitals.

It is called balanitis if it is under the foreskin of the penis of uncircumcised men, and vaginitis or vulvitis if inside or around the vagina or vulva.

Thrush or candidiasis is not an STI. 

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

Thrush or candidiasis can occur after sex but also without sex. Commonly it is an excess of yeast growth when using antibiotics, during pregnancy, when immunity is low or in diabetics.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

In women:

  • itching around the vagina or vulva
  • whitish thick vaginal discharge.

In men:

  • a rash
  • itching
  • a discharge under the foreskin.

HOW IS IT TREATED?

Thrush or candidiasis is treated with creams or pessaries (tablets inserted into the vagina). Oral anti-fungal tablets may be given if the case is severe or when in the throat. Salt water baths are usually enough for men, and they can also use cream.

WILL IT IMPACT MY PARTNER/S?

Partners only need treatment if showing symptoms.

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