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What today is all about...

It’s time to pull back the covers and talk about sex and relationships for women of all ages.

In today's feature article, we take a close look at the ebb and flow of libido (sex drive), and how to navigate the waves of change. On the Jean Hailes podcast for our Women's Health Week series, we talk to inspirational sexuality educator Vanessa Hamilton, who is changing the way we teach adults and children about sex.

Talking tricky (but important) topics is on the agenda today with extra resources about painful sex, vulvas and vaginas, sex in later life, and sexually transmissible infections (STIs). We also speak to the experts for their tips on how to have better conversations around sex and sexuality.

Article: Your sex life & the waves of change

Feeling comfortable with change


Through the course of a lifetime, our relationship with sex can ebb and flow. What’s more, how much it matters – or not – varies greatly from woman to woman.

Here we talk to the experts about the common changes that can occur in the sex lives of women, so you know what to expect, when to roll with the changes and when to reach out for support.

Podcast: Let's talk s*x

In today’s Jean Hailes podcast for Women's Health Week, we talk to inspirational sexuality educator Vanessa Hamilton, who is changing the way we teach adults and children about sex. ​​​​​​​


Listening time: 22 mins

Today's top resources

Podcast: ‘When sex hurts’

There are many causes of painful intercourse. This podcast focuses on the conditions of vaginismus and vulvodynia.

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Article: sexual healthcare

What does sexual healthcare look like in your teens and 20s? And how does it differ in your 40s or 60s – or beyond?

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Video: what to know about sex in later life

Jean Hailes Medical Director & gynaecologist Dr Elizabeth Farrell shares five things to know about sex in later life.

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Article: Sex talk

Tips for better conversations around sex & sexuality.

Sex can be a tricky topic to talk about, but does it have to be? And is it getting any easier for younger generations?

We chatted to two experts about better and more productive ways that we can talk about sex – to our kids, partners and each other – and help women of all generations to lead healthier, happier lives.

Let's talk about the tricky topics

Article: ‘Let’s talk about vulvas’

A vulva is not a vagina, yet many women are unaware of the difference between the two. Let's start learning and talking about this important part of our bodies.

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Podcast: STIs: all you need to know

Learn about the different types of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), the symptoms to look out for and how they are diagnosed.

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Article: your options for contraception

There's a contraceptive option that you may not know a lot about. It is convenient, safe, reliable, reversible, cost-effective and highly effective at preventing pregnancy.

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Q&A with Vanessa Hamilton

You asked, and leading sexuality educator Vanessa Hamilton answered. Head to our Instagram account and discover the answers to your top questions on talking about the topic of sex and sexuality. Vanessa's answers will be shared at 1pm AEST on Wednesday 8 September.

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A special thank you

Thank you to today's guests for providing their time and expertise.