We have now for many years been offering cervical screening to all sexually active women to look for abnormal changes on the neck of the womb (cervix) that may increse the risk of her developing cervical cancer. We can then offer treatment that hopefully will help in preventing the progression to cancer.
In my career, I have seen many couples voicing their fertility concerns. One of the most common question asked is “How long should I take to try for a pregnancy before becoming concerned?” This is particularly more prevalent an issue, as couples leave it later in life to try for a pregnancy.
Urinary Stress incontinence is more common in women who have had children and can be severe enough to limit their ability to undertake normal daily activity. It can also cause social isolation and loss of self-confidence.
What is a prolapse I hear you ask? And how does a woman get one?
For all women, the ovaries make cysts as part of their natural function. The only exception to this would be those who have yet to start their periods or who have become postmenopausal. In everyone else having periods, it is the norm. So why the interest in ovarian cysts?
Endometrial ablation is a surgical technique used to help women with heavy periods. The theory is that the lining is where the period is derived from. So removal of this lining should stop the periods altogether.
What are fibroids?
A fibroid is a growth of the muscle of the womb. Commonly found in women, fibroids can grow to large sizes. Usually they grow over time under the influence of the female hormone, estrogen. Depending on their size and position in the womb, they can lead to differring symptoms.
Everyone has 23 pairs of chromosomes. These contain the genetic codes that make up our genome and individual characteristics. There are many known changes that can occur on the chromosomes that can lead to a variety of abnormalities. Some are lethal and lead to miscarriages or stillbirth, others are compatible with life. However, in many babies born with such abnormalities, there are significant consequences to their well-being. Some may have mental retardation, multiple organ abnormalities like abnormal kidneys or hearts and so on.