Mr Ellis Downes recommends that women should consider having a Gynaecological Review annually. This of course is a personal choice and will depend on individual life stages and circumstances.
Summary of a Gynaecological Review
This allows you to talk through any concerns about your health and specifically any female related issues, as well as any plans for the future related to health.
Issues you may wish to discuss could relate to:
- Period Problems
- Sexual Health
- Breast Monitoring
- Bladder Problems
- General Health
Blood pressure and Weight are recorded. A Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated. Any issues raised will be discussed.
Examination of breast, abdomen and pelvic organs, checking for any problems. A mammogram can be organised if required.
A transvaginal ultrasound scan is performed. This checks for fibroids, ovarian cysts, screening for ovarian cancer and coil checks.
A cervical screening (smear) sample is taken and sent for investigation. The sample will be checked for any abnormal pre-cancerous cells. The sample may also be tested for the human papilloma virus (HPV) as necessary because this may lead to the development of cervical cancer.
Further investigations that are deemed necessary following the consultation will be organised.