Northern Beaches Sexual Health Hub
Dr Rosalind Foster - Physcian (Sexual Health) MBChB, BMedSci, MSc, FRCP, FAChSHM
Dr Anna Paling - General Practitioner MBBS, FRACGP, BSc (Adv)
A Look Into Sexual Health Conditions
Period Health issues include irregular periods, absent periods, painful periods, heavy periods, and specific conditions such as endometriosis and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). We take a holistic look at hormone balance, inflammation, nutrition and metabolic health to improve your symptoms and optimise total body health.
Hormonal Health and Menopause
Perimenopause is a sequence of hormonal changes where levels of progesterone and oestrogen decrease until menopause occurs one year after your final period. The average age of menopause in Australia is 51, perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause) can take anything between 2-10 years, and some people will experience a more abrupt menopause as a result of surgical or medical treatment. During peri-menopause, fluctuating hormone levels can cause significant symptoms for many people. Fluctuating hormone levels can cause significant symptoms for many people and peri-menopause and menopause can also unmask or trigger underlying health conditions. Symptoms of perimenopause can be treated with lifestyle, nutrition and hormonal therapy, and there is no better time to optimise hormonal, metabolic and general health than in our perimenopausal and menopausal years. The Japanese word for menopause, Konenki, means ' renewal of life', and this is a beautiful way of viewing our midlife years - a time to celebrate and nurture our wisdom and longevity.
Our vaginas deserve our love and good health! Conditions such as recurrent vaginal discharge, yeast infections, bacterial imbalances, vaginal dryness or pain can be treated with lifestyle, nutrition, awareness of hormonal health and targeted therapies.
Reduced sexual function can affect people in different ways. People may experience low libido and desire, reduced or absent arousal, difficulty obtaining or maintaining penile erections, reduced vaginal lubrication, reduced enjoyment during sex, pain with sex, reduced or absent orgasms. We will take the time to listen and explore the reasons for reduced sexual function and work holistically to optimise your sexual health.
Living with HIV
People living withHIV who are on effective treatment are expected to live long and healthy lives. We will help you thrive through optimisation of metabolic and overall health using an integrative medicine approach alongside S100-prescribed antiretroviral medications.
Living with Herpes
Herpes simplex virus (the virus that causes coldsores and genital herpes) is a virus that can cause recurrent symptoms. Antiviral medications can help with symptoms when they arise, and are sometimes used to suppress symptoms recurrence. We can also optimise immunity and inflammation using an integrative medicine approach, lifestyle and nutrition.
At our Integrative Health Clinic, we offer consultations for sexual health by leading Physician (Sexual Health), Dr Ros Foster. Dr Ros Foster is available for appointments on Thursdays.
To make an appointment, book online below.
About Physician (Sexual Health), Dr Ros Foster
With over 20 years experience working as a specialist physician, Dr Ros Foster is passionate about enabling patients to optimise their long-term health. She practices a compassionate and holistic model of individualised, high quality and evidence-informed patient care and is a specialist physician in sexual health. To read more about her profile, click here.
Our Clinic offers traditional GP speciliast services for commonly occurring health issues, as well as tackling uncommon and chronic diseases. With a clear focus on preventative medicine, we provide additional integrative lifestyle health approaches for more complex health comples. This model has demonstrated exceptional results in areas such as anxiety, depressions, digestive problems, insomnia, allergies, diabetes and other chronic and inflammatory conditions.