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The Menopause Centre is here for you.

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Find out how menopause may affect your life and what The Canberra Menopause Centre can do for you.

Based at SHFPACT, The Canberra Menopause Centre is a dedicated service for those seeking information, support and medical management of menopause symptoms. Menopause is the stage of life when periods cease. This occurs when the ovaries are no longer producing eggs, and is a natural life event. Menopause has three stages: perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.

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Phone Consultations

Phone consultations are now available at SHFPACT.

Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) are available for telephone consultations for a range of sexual and reproductive health needs.

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Responding to COVID-19

UPDATE 15 APRIL 2020 : This information is for SHFPACT's clinic and education/training clients, as well as our members and wider community. We are regularly reviewing our approach to providing services and minimising the risks of community transmission of COVID-19. Thanks for your patience and understanding in a rapidly evolving environment. 

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LARC Access COVID-19

SHFPACT Position Statement: LARC Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Extended use of and ongoing access to LARCs during the COVID-19 pandemic Provision of contraception is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent unintended pregnancies.

This is particularly important for individuals most at risk, including young people due to their high levels of fertility, people with serious health conditions, and for those who are post-abortion. Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive methods (LARCs) are more effective than shorter acting methods1 and increased community access and uptake is associated with lower abortion rates. 2-4

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Health Information Brochures

Do you need some information about Sexual Health that you can trust?

SHFPACT has a large range of health information brochures covering STI’s, Contraception, Women's Health, Men's Health, Menopause and more.

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Pregnancy tips

Deciding that you're ready to start trying for a baby can be an exciting time.

There can be feelings of eagerness, anticipation, and often some nerves. Here we provide some tips and tools to help you plan and prepare for pregnancy in a positive, proactive way.

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PrEP and how to get it?

Do you want to know more about PrEP and how to get it?

PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a prescription medication which is a combination of two different drugs, and is taken once daily by people in order to prevent them from becoming infected with HIV. It must be started 7 days before exposure and continued for 28 days after exposure.

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Unplanned Pregnancy

Unplanned pregnancy is common and it is estimated that approximately 200,000 unplanned pregnancies occur in Australia every year. 

There are three choices available when you have an unplanned pregnancy: 

  • Continue the pregnancy and parent.
  • Continue the pregnancy and place the child for adoption.
  • Have an abortion.

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Protecting yourself

Protecting yourself and your sexual partners from STIs is important and easy.

On this page you'll find all the info about Sexually Transmissible Infections ( STIs). The best way to protect yourself from STIs is still with a condom and if you are sexually active having a regular sexual health check-up is a vital part of staying health and in control of your sexual health status.

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Enjoying Sex Safely


Safe sex is sexy. Sex is meant to feel good and be fun, but it can be risky if not treated with respect.

When entering into sexual relations with someone, the first thing you should do is talk about it and make sure you seek consent. Always ask someone before you start touching them or engaging in intercourse. This article talks about: safe sex, consent, decision making,  STIs, unplanned pregnancy, emergency contraception, and where to go if you need advice or help.

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Why do women gain weight during menopause?

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Image: A recent study suggests that mindfulness may be a promising tool to help menopausal women struggling with irritability, anxiety, and depression.

For most women, perimenopause – the transition to menopause – begins in their 40s. The entire menopause process typically lasts around four years and begins with the ovaries making less estrogen. A woman is considered to be post-menopausal when she hasn’t experienced a menstrual period for 12 months. This usually occurs between the ages of 46 to 52 years.

Symptoms of menopause can include irregular periods, hot flushes, fatigue, tender breasts, night sweats, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, changes in mood and lower libido.

During menopause, hormonal changes can affect the way fat is distributed in the body, but ageing is more likely to be the cause of any weight gain associated with menopause.

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Thinking of menopausal hormone therapy?

Thinking of menopausal hormone therapy?

Here's what you can expect from your GP There’s a lot of information to take in. So it’s OK to discuss options for managing your menopausal symptoms over several consultations with your GP.

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SoSafe

The SoSAFE! Tools (together with SoSAFE! User Training) provide teachers, trainers and counsellors with skills and simple visual tools to enhance the social, social-sexual and social safety training of people with moderate to severe intellectual disability. SoSAFE! uses a standardised framework of symbols, visual teaching tools and concepts to teach strategies for moving into intimate relationships in a safe and measured manner, and provides visual communication tools for reporting physical or sexual abuse.

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