We have access to a network of highly trained and experienced gynaecologists who offer extensive gynaecological services, from routine check-ups to highly specialised treatments, ensuring we meet all your healthcare needs.
What is Gynaecology?
The term "gynaecology" comes from the Greek "gyno, gyne", meaning "woman", and "logia", meaning "study."
A gynaecologist is a medical doctor who specialises in women’s health including the uterus, vagina, ovaries, and breasts and associated hormonal and sexual health issues.
When Should I See A Gynaecologist?
Seeing a gynaecologist can help maintain your overall and reproductive health.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls have their first gynaecological visit between the ages of 13 and 15. This visit usually doesn't involve a pelvic exam unless particular health concerns or symptoms exist.
After the first visit, you should see a gynaecologist annually for regular check-ups. These visits include general physical exams, pelvic exams, and possibly a Pap smear.
If you're experiencing irregular periods, heavy bleeding, or severe menstrual pain, you should see a gynaecologist. These could be symptoms of conditions like endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Pregnancy and Family Planning
If you're planning to get pregnant or think you might be pregnant, a gynaecologist can provide valuable prenatal care.
If you need advice or a prescription for contraception, a gynaecologist can provide guidance.
Sexual Health Concerns
You should see a gynaecologist if you're experiencing discomfort during sex, have concerns about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or need STI testing.
Women between the ages of 45 and 55 start experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, changes in libido, mood changes and night sweats. A gynaecologist can provide guidance and treatment for navigating this new stage of life.
If you notice any changes or unusual symptoms like abdominal pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, or lumps in your breast, schedule an appointment with a gynaecologist immediately.
What Are The Most Common Conditions Treated By Gynaecologists?
Gynaecologists treat conditions related to the female reproductive system.
- Menstrual disorders including heavy periods (menorrhagia), painful periods (dysmenorrhea), irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age, causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.
- Endometriosis is a condition where tissue resembling the lining of the uterus grows outside of it. This can cause ovarian, fallopian, and pelvic pain.
- Uterine fibroids are noncancerous uterine growths that typically occur during the childbearing years. They can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and complications during pregnancy.
- Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs in an ovary or on its surface.
- Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, ranging from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections spread by sexual contact. These include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, herpes, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS.
- Infertility due to issues with the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, or other factors.
- Symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, and vaginal dryness.
- Cancers of the female reproductive system including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
Gynaecology focuses on female reproductive health (the vagina, uterus, and ovaries) and breast health. Obstetrics specialises in pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
Doctors that are specialised in both gynaecology and obstetrics are commonly known as OB/GYNs. While all obstetricians are gynaecologists, not all gynaecologists handle pregnancy-related care.
A Pap smear is a screening procedure for cervical cancer. It involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of the uterus.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus. Certain strains of HPV can cause changes in the cells of the cervix, leading to cervical cancer over time.
An HPV vaccination is available and recommended for teens to prevent these high-risk strains.
While gynaecologists mainly focus on the female reproductive system, they can treat various health issues. Many women use their gynaecologist as their primary healthcare provider for yearly exams and screenings.