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Your breast screening appointment
Breast Check, 2004 (136k)
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in Ireland, but is very treatable if found early. click to download

Folic Acid
Health Promotion Unit, 2004 (648k)
A lot of women know when they would like to have a baby. However, even if you are not planning a baby right now, it is important to be aware of the benefits of folic acid. Taking folic acid before you become pregnant can help protect your unborn baby from conditions such as spina bifida. click to download

A guide to the female reproductive system
Health Promotion Unit, 2002 (272k)
This is an information booklet about woman’s reproductive and urinary tract systems and the problems which may arise there. It also includes a brief section on investigation and treatment of these problems. click to download

Health Promotion Unit, 2002 (72k)
A hysterectomy, the removal of a woman’s womb (medically referred to as the uterus), is a major yet routine operation today, carrying with it many advantages for the women concerned. click to download

About the Maternity Protection Acts
Equality Authority, 2004 (400k)
This booklet provides information on the provisions of the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004. click to download

The Menopause - Informing and Reassuring
Health Promotion Unit, 2002 (304k)
This booklet provides information on the menopause and on the steps you can take to relieve difficult symptoms. It also contains some general information on healthy lifestyle choices and on important health issues like osteoporosis and heart disease which can affect women around this time. click to download

The role of diet during the menopause
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2005 (72k)
Menopause occurs in women when the female hormones oestrogen starts to drop. This is a natural part of a woman’s life cycle. As always, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is the most important advice for women at this time click to download

Screening for inherited metabolic disorders
Health Promotion Unit, 2002 (24k)
It is an inherited disorder which affects the way the body changes food and essential chemicals into energy and waste matter. click to download

Health Promotion Unit, 2002 (32k)
How it all starts: diary extracts on my first period click to download

Postnatal Depression Information Booklet
Southern Health Board, (712k)
Child birth can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in any woman's life. click to download

Postnatal Depression
Health Promotion Unit, 2003 (888k)
Postnatal Depression is a condition that affects more than 10 % of women after they have a baby. It may happen anytime in the first year after the baby is born, but is most common in the early weeks and months after delivery. It is different from the ‘baby blues’, which affect most women in the days after having a baby. click to download

Health Promotion Unit, 2002 (24k)
Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasmosis gondii. It is a single cell organism, invisible to the human eye. It can be found in meat, cat faeces, and in soil where cats defecate. click to download

Women and Iron
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2003 (64k)
Women need iron more than men but that's hardly surprising as we are the stronger sex aren't we!? However studies are showing us that despite requiring approximately 1˝ times the iron requirement of men (Recommended daily allowance 14mg/day versus 10 mg /day) up to a third of women are consuming intakes less than this. click to download

Women & Sexually Transmitted Infections
The Women's Health Council, 2006 (1.9MB)
The definition of sexual health, of which STIs are a critical component, highlights the complex nature of ssexual behaviour and attitudes in any society. Over the past decade, Ireland has experienced dramatic changes in its social, economic and cultural domains. click to download

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