Coastal Womens Health Clinic
The Coastal Womens Health Clinic is dedicated to female patients and features female General Practitioners specialising in women’s health and services.
The clinic is solely for use by women and focuses on medical issues every women faces. We are providing a female-only and female-friendly option to those women on the Sunshine Coast who would feel more comfortable having these more intimate and personal services performed by a female GP.
The clinic is not a replacement for your regular GP, it is supplemental, and the results of any examinations carried out by the clinic will be shared with your treating GP.
I am currently offering a evening clinic specifically for those women on the Sunshine Coast that might not be able to visit the clinic during normal business hours because of work commitments.
I have listed the services currently on offer at the clinic. Please call the clinic to make an appointment with me.
Women's Health Checks
A well woman check is a term used to describe a check a doctor carries out with a female patient to gather full details of her current 'female related' health and her medical history to decide which, if any, further examinations might be required to be performed.
The check generally involves a detailed discussion of your personal health, sexual health and mental wellbeing, before deciding what your next steps should be to ensure you take the best care of your health as possible.
Your next steps may be to have a further examination undertaken with the clinic (usually a PAP smear or breast check), or be referred to another specialist or your regular GP for ongoing medical care.
PAP Smears and Pelvic Examinations
A PAP smear is a simple screening test used to detect any abnormality or change in the neck of the womb (cervix) which would signal the need for further investigations to be undertaken.
A PAP smear is mainly used to detect the very early signs of cancerous cells.
A doctor performs a PAP smear by opening the vagina with an instrument called a speculum, that enables the doctor to clearly see the cervix. The doctor then inserts a brush or spatula to collect cells from the cervix and smears those cells onto a glass slide. The glass slide is then sent to a laboratory for analysis and the results are usually available within 2 weeks.
A PAP smear may be uncomfortable for you when performed but should not be painful and the whole procedure usually takes 5 minutes.
Ordinarily, a woman should have a PAP smear undertaken every 2 years.
A breast examination can take anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes and I would recommend that women over 40 years of age have a doctor carry out a breast examination annually and women over 50 have screening mammogram undertaken every 2 years.
If any abnormality is found, you may be sent for further imaging and investigations, such as a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI scan.
All woman between the ages of 40 and 75 can have a screening mammogram every 2 years, offered at no charge by BreastScreen Queensland.
I would encourage women of all ages to undertake self breast checks regularly, at least once a month.
Simply stand straight on to a mirror with your hands on your hips and visually check your breasts for any changes or abmormalities, such as dimpling, puckering, bulging skin, inverted nipples or any discharge. Then, undertake the same visual exam, but with your hands lifted above your head.
Next, whilst sitting, standing and lying on your back, place your right arm over your head and touch your left ear, then use your left hand to examine yout right breast. When examining the breast, use circular motions and keep your hand flat and firm using the pads of the fingers to feel for any lumps, knots, thickening, changes or painful areas, pressing firmly and softly and everywhere inbetween.
Repeat the examination with the opossite arm, hand and breast combination.
Ensure you examine the entire breast area, which includes the area between your collar bone and top of your abdomen and from your armpit to armpit.
If you find any abnormality or just want a second opinion, a doctor can perform a breast examination.
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