Our GPs can provide comprehensive women’s health care including, but not limited to, cervical screening, contraception advice, pre pregnancy counselling, menopause management and gynaecological concerns.
Cervical screening (previously known as Pap test/smear)
|This is a screening test (performed on asymptomatic persons) designed to detect HPV, a risk factor for cervical cancer. It is performed on people aged 25-74 and replaced the pap test in 2017. It is performed in the same way as the previous pap test, using a speculum. If your result is normal you will be re screened in 5 years. It is important to note that if you develop symptoms in the meantime such as abnormal bleeding or pain, you should make an appointment to see your doctor for assessment, even if you have had a normal cervical screening test. |
|Our GPs can run through the wide range of contraception types available and help you to determine what is most suitable for you based on your past history, family history, examination and preferences. |
|Self-examination of breasts is an important tool in recognising changes in the breast. Your GP can look at your past and family history with you, assess your technique of self-examination and consult guidelines to determine your risk and the recommended screening you should undertake. It is important that you make an appointment with your GP if you notice any change/symptoms in your breast. |
|Irregular periods, very painful periods and heavy periods may indicate an underlying issue that needs further assessment. There are treatments available to minimise the adverse effect these symptoms can have on your well being and daily life. |
|The average age of menopause in Australia is around 50 and it can come with a range of symptoms, including hot flushes, vaginal dryness, mood changes and skin changes. Women’s health risks also change after menopause, for example the risk of osteoporosis increases. If you are troubled by menopause symptoms, there are treatment options available. It is also a good time to have a thorough health check to assess your risk and discuss preventative health. |