MedCentres Robina

Women’s Health

We address hormonal, medical and psychological concerns across all stages of a woman’s life.

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Women’s Health

Our focus on women’s health at MedCentres Robina encompasses hormonal, medical and psychological concerns across all stages of a woman’s life from the teenage years through to menopause and beyond.

Understanding what is happening in your body is key. We will take the time to ensure you are educated and informed on all available treatment and prevention options so that you can choose what is best for you.

Contraception

Contraceptive Pill

The contraceptive pill, frequently referred to as “the pill,” is typically offered in two main configurations.

The progestogen-only tablet, commonly known as the “mini pill,” acts to alter the mucus at the uterus’ entrance so that sperm cannot get through and fertilise the egg. The combined pill prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month.

The contraceptive pill is a medication that can only be obtained with a prescription and must be taken every day at the same time, or as near to it as possible.

Contraceptive Injection

The hormone injection used for contraception, popularly known as “Depo,” is administered every twelve (12) to fourteen (14) weeks. This procedure inhibits ovulation and thickens the fluid at the uterine entrance, which makes it difficult for sperm to reach the egg and fertilise it.

Periods may become irregular or cease altogether as a result of this technique of contraception.

Contraceptive Implant

A small, thin, flexible rod called a contraceptive implant (such the Implanon) is implanted just beneath the skin on the inside of the arm. A hormone used in contraceptive implants works to prevent pregnancy by blocking the ovaries from

releasing an egg each month. Implants can be easily removed and typically last up to three (3) years. It is a secure choice for nursing mothers as well.

A tiny contraceptive device called an IUD is inserted into the uterus. IUDs that release hormones have a lifespan of up to five years, while copper IUDs have a lifespan of five to ten years.

To decide which contraceptive method might be best for you, discuss your options with your doctor.

Menstrual Concerns

Although a woman’s menstrual cycle is a normal bodily process, every woman will experience it differently. You might need to see your doctor about your periods for a number of reasons, including:

· Your menstrual schedule has changed

· Becoming heavier and lasting longer than eight days

· Occurring more than every two to three months apart, or less frequently than every three weeks.

· painful periods that keep you bed bound

· between periods bleeding

· bleeding following a sexual act

Make an appointment to speak with one of our knowledgeable, courteous doctors if you notice any changes in your cycle that worry you.

Cervical Screening & PAP smears

PAP Smears

Cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates have halved in Australia since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program in 1991. This program offered a free Pap test every two years to women between the ages of 18 and 70.

A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina. Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure.

Cervical Screenings

The most effective test currently available for preventing the majority of occurrences of cervical cancer is the new cervical screening test, which is more accurate than the Pap smear test. Australia will be the first nation to eliminate cervical cancer as a

public health concern. All women between the ages of 25 and 74 should have an HPV test every five years because of this.

If you recently learned that your HPV test was positive, it is normal to feel nervous or worried.

Almost all cases of cervical cancer (99.7%) have human papillomavirus (HPV). But not every HPV infection results in cervical cancer.

Before receiving a positive HPV test result, the majority of women are unaware that they have HPV. In one to two years, the virus naturally disappears in the majority of women. However, HPV can sometimes take longer to leave the body, which raises the risk of cervical cancer.

Additional tests will be run on the same sample of cells in the lab if HPV is discovered. You’ll be informed of what will happen next by your doctor. You might undergo a colposcopy as a follow-up surgery or you might have a repeat cervical screening test to check on the status of the HPV infection in 12 months, depending on the findings of all the tests.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that HPV infections typically go away on their own. Remember that the majority of abnormal cells are not cervical cancer and are typically treatable promptly and painlessly.

Reproductive & Sexual Health

Sexual Health Services

Sexual contact is the main method of transmission for infectious illnesses that are sexually transmissible. They are a significant global public health problem since they are frequently asymptomatic and may raise the risk of other serious illnesses.

Our well- equipped facility enables our doctors to do testing, including diagnostic procedures using blood tests, urine tests, and body fluid sample tests, inside the clinic.

At our sexual health clinic, we offer a variety of services, including:

· General sexual health exams

· Tests for sexually transmitted infections (including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas, hepatitis, syphilis, and genital herpes)

· Tests for HIV/AIDS

· Treatment/medication to cure chlamydia and other types of STIs.

· Certain types of preventative vaccinations, including Hepatitis B

· Pregnancy tests

· Safer sex and general sex education information

· Referrals for additional services

Reproductive Services

Possessing all the information makes conception easier. Before examining specific issues that may have an impact on your fertility, your doctor will first undertake a basic health examination. They will examine any drugs you are currently taking and ensure sure your pap smear is up to date.

Infertility has a wide range of causes for both men and women. Some, like abnormal anatomy and testicular blockage, are defects an individual is born with. Others, such endometriosis and the generation of anti-sperm antibodies, are acquired through time. Infertility is attributed to the female reproductive system in 40% of instances and to sperm factors in another 40% of cases. A third will include both male and female components. Identifying the issue is the first step in assisting you with conception.

Some common fertility issues for women include:

· Age

· Irregular periods that may be related to ovulation disorders

· Gynaecological conditions PCOS and endometriosis

· Fibroids

· Blocked fallopian tubes

· Sexually transmitted infections

· BMI and general health

If you have been trying to conceive for some time your Doctor will look for any signs of the health issues above, and may request some additional tests such as:

· Ovulation test

· Egg count (AMH) test

Full blood count to determine blood group.

Useful links:

Contraception

· Pill: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/the-pill-combined-oral-contraceptive-pill

· Injection: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/contraceptive-injection

· Implant: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/contraceptive-implant

· IUD’s: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/intrauterine-contraceptive-device-iud

· Menstrual concerns: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/period-problems

· Cervical screenings: https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/national-cervical-screening-program/getting-a-cervical-screening-test

· PAP Smears: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/screening.htm#:~:text=During%20the%20Pap%20test%2C%20the,are%20sent%20to%20a%20laboratory

· Reproductive Health: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/womensrh/healthconcerns.html

· Sexual Health: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/sexual-health

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