Edith Weisberg

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BACKGROUND Complementary medicines (CMs) are widely used by women. Although, women in Australia are frequent users of CM, few studies have examined their utilisation by women attending a family planning service. The aim of this study was to examine (i) the extent of and type of CM, (ii) women's views about safety and efficacy, and (iii) the factors(More)
OBJECTIVES The primary objective was to assess the efficacy, cycle control and tolerability of a monophasic combined oral contraceptive (COC) containing nomegestrol acetate (NOMAC) and 17β-oestradiol (E2). Effects on acne were evaluated as a secondary objective. Results were compared to those of a COC containing drospirenone (DRSP) and ethinylestradiol(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess which of three triage strategies for women with borderline abnormal cervical smear results in the best psychosocial outcomes. DESIGN Pragmatic, non-blinded, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. SETTING 18 family planning clinics across Australia, covering both urban and rural areas, between January 2004 and October 2006. (More)
A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, factorial study using a daily oral administration of 30 mg beta-carotene and/or 500 mg vitamin C was conducted in 141 women with colposcopically and histologically confirmed minor squamous atypia or cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN) I. Over approximately 2 years of follow-up, 43 lesions regressed to(More)
BACKGROUND Although widely used, the mechanisms of action of the levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pill (LNG ECP) are still unclear. There are increasing data to indicate that LNG is particularly effective as an ECP by interrupting follicular development and ovulation. An important outstanding question is whether it has any effect on fertilization or(More)
(WHO) issued new guidance in 2004 on how to use certain contraceptives safely and effectively, including the following: • A woman who misses combined oral contraceptive pills should take a hormonal pill as soon as possible and then continue taking one pill each day. This basic guidance applies no matter how many hormonal pills a woman misses. Only if a(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the feasibility and assess the uptake and acceptability of implementing a consumer questions programme, AskShareKnow, to encourage consumers to use the questions '1. What are my options; 2. What are the possible benefits and harms of those options; 3. How likely are each of those benefits and harms to happen to me?' These three questions(More)
BACKGROUND It is imperative to understand how to engage young women in research about issues that are important to them. There is limited reliable data on how young women access contraception in Australia especially in rural areas where services may be less available. OBJECTIVE This paper identifies the challenges involved in engaging young Australian(More)
A new chewable combined oral contraceptive pill containing ethinyl estradiol (EE) 0.025 mg and norethindrone (NE) 0.8 mg in a 24/4 regimen was approved for marketing in December 2010. Each of the four inactive tablets contains 75 mg ferrous fumarate, which has no therapeutic benefit. The tablet can be taken with food but not water as this affects the(More)
Society has always been uncomfortable in discussing the sexual needs of the older person, however, sexual activity can give older people a sense of continued strength and renewal. General practitioners are in a unique position to promote a positive attitude about sex and ageing, so that older patients can remain sexually active for as many years as possible.
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