The following resources will help you to offer girls healthy, practical and affirming support as they transition through puberty and the start of their menstrual period.

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Girltopia: A World of Real Conversation for Real Girls

Girltopia is a set of 70 full-colour cards for building conversations with girls from age 10, and women of any age, produced by St Luke’s Innovative Resources―an Australian, not-for-profit publisher of high-quality resources for counsellors, educators, social workers, health professionals, teams, managers and parents.

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The Pill: Are you sure it’s for you?

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These days getting a script for ‘the Pill’, whether for skin or period problems or contraception, is experienced by girls as akin to a rite of passage. Full of stories and carefully researched information, our aim is to offer girls and their parents and carers, and women, and their partners, the means to true informed choice about chemical contraception (and therapeutic use of these drugs) including the Pill, implants, injections, patches, vaginal rings and IUDs.

In The Pill you‘ll read about:

  • side effects such as depression and mood disorders, loss of libido, headaches and migraine, weight gain, increased risk of breast cancer and brittle bones
  • alternatives to chemical contraception that don’t harm girl’s health or fertility
  • natural ways to heal menstrual problems rather than masking these with the Pill
  • the fallout of the Pill and conversely how the menstrual cycle can be an ally to deepen girls’ self-awareness and self-care  skills
  • the radical idea that having a menstrual cycle is really cool and can even be empowering, and, once experienced in this way is something girls wouldn’t dream of eliminating with synthetic hormones.

The Pill: are you sure it’s for you? is an important resource for parents of teenage daughters who want to support them and fully understand the health implications of taking synthetic hormones – many side-effects are of particular concern for teenagers.

‘This is such an important book; so many women and girls are unquestioning about their contraception choices and, until now, have not had a user-friendly, comprehensive, well-researched resource to help them decide what is best for their well-being.

Jane Bennett and Alexandra Pope have now rectified that deficiency, with a book that every girl and woman should read. Not only does it clearly identify many of the risks that are associated with the use of the oral contraceptive pill (and other forms of hormone delivery), but talks through the alternatives and gives an inspirational message about reconnecting with the essential nature of being a cycling woman.
Very readable, very informative and very important!’

Francesca Naish
Naturopath, fertility expert and best selling author of Natural Fertility and the Better Babies  series.
www.fertility.com.au

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