IT is Women’s Health Week this week and SHQ (Sexual Health Quarters) in Northbridge is reminding women to take advantage of its services.
SHQ spokeswoman Rebecca Smith said the theme this year was ‘Am I Normal?’
“A lot of women’s questions in this area relate to their sexual health, we’re keen to support women to start talking about these topics more,” she said.
“Many women have questions around symptoms, bleeding or painful intercourse, but often feel too embarrassed to ask.”
Ms Smith said SHQ’s confidential Sexual Health Helpline provides information from expert clinicians about contraception, sexually transmissible infections and unplanned pregnancy, and is available to everyone across WA.
The organisation also offers free counselling sessions to discuss any issues around unplanned pregnancy and post-termination.
“It’s normal to feel lots of different emotions when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, and it’s normal to be unsure and want to consider all your options,” Ms Smith said.
“Non-judgemental appointments covering all unplanned pregnancy options are available at our Northbridge office and some outer metropolitan locations, and we also provide phone counselling state-wide.”
Women’s Health Week runs from September 5th-9th.
Free condoms and other promotional material will be available at SHQ during the week.
“SHQ’s professional staff are very comfortable talking about all things sexual health, and clients can be assured their concerns will be addressed confidentially and in a caring and sensitive manner,” Ms Smith said.
“Everyone is different, from body shape and size to thoughts and feelings, and there isn’t one definition of ‘normal’; Women’s Health Week is a good reminder to accept yourself and take care of your mind and body.”
Go to shq.org.au for more information, or phone the Sexual Health Helpline 9227 6178 or 1800 198 205.