As a Consultant Gynaecologist based in London, I meet many diverse women from the age of 18 to 70 plus, who want advice about their reproductive health. Through my blog posts, I intend to shed light on why and when you might need to schedule an appointment.
As many of you already know, a Consultant Gynaecologist is a specialist in Women’s health, dealing with disorders affecting the female reproductive system. It is important to understand that visiting a Gynaecologist isn’t solely about pregnancy or contraception. There are many other reasons to seek advice for numerous symptoms and conditions. We all know that screening for cancers and early detection will save lives.
Here are five reasons to consult your Gynaecologist:
The main reason for seeing a Gynaecologist is for screening and health protection. An annual check-up may help detect any abnormalities or changes in your reproductive system early. These examinations generally include a breast exam, pelvic exam, and pap smear test to screen for cervical cancer, and an ultrasound scan to rule out ovarian cancer.
More than 25% of women experience heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular periods, or missed periods. As a Gynaecologist, I can diagnose the underlying factors, which could range from hormonal imbalances to more severe conditions like endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and start you on treatment.
Having sex should be enjoyable and never painful. If you experience pain during intercourse, dyspareunia, it could be because of many underlying factors: vaginismus, ovarian cysts, or endometriosis can all cause pain. As a Gynaecologist, I can help identify the causes and start you on appropriate treatment.
As women approach their late 40s or early 50s, they enter initially the perimenopause and then the menopause. The menopause can lead to the development of a variety of symptoms: hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. I can help find you treatments which will improve the quality of your life.
Any issues related to fertility, pregnancy, contraception, or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) will warrant a visit to a Gynaecologist. I can provide expert advice and treatment options tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.
Now, how does one know if their symptoms necessitate a Gynaecologist visit? Besides the scenarios mentioned above, look out for symptoms such as unusual vaginal discharge or odour, persistent pelvic or abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss or gain, or severe menstrual cramps.
I believe that regular health check-ups and awareness are crucial for early diagnosis and successful treatment. Whether you’re dealing with menstrual irregularities, planning a family, or going through menopause, remember, the first step in managing any health concern is to seek professional advice.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, if you identify with any of these situations or symptoms. Your health is always a priority, and at Rapid Access Gynaecology we pride ourselves in attentive, personalized care.