Gynaecology

Posted on October 27, 2011

Going to visit a gynaecologist for the first time is a daunting experience for every woman. Some women may not have to see a gynaecologist until it is time for their first smear test but many women may have issues with their reproductive organs at an earlier age and may find themselves referred to a gynaecologist sooner than they would have liked. Many women prefer to visit a female gynaecologist as this makes them feel more comfortable. No matter how scary a thought it can be, every woman must visit a gynaecologist at some point in her life.

One of the main jobs a gynaecologist does is to perform a smear test, or cervical screening. A cervical screening is used to examine the cells of the cervix, the lower portion of the uterus, for any abnormalities or changes and to ensure that the cervix is healthy. While the test is not a test for cervical cancer itself it does provide information that shows whether cancerous cells are present in the cervix. In England, women between the ages of 25 and 64 years old are invited to have a cervical screening on the NHS, although in Scotland this applies to women between 20 and 60 and in Wales any woman between the age of 20 and 64 can receive free smear tests. The government recently refused to lower the age limit for cervical screening in England to 20 years of age following a campaign after celebrity Jade Goody died from cervical cancer at only 27 years old.

Many gynaecologists today are also obstetricians. An obstetrician is a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and guides a woman through the pregnancy cycle. Midwifes are experts in obstetrics and as well as guide a woman through the pregnancy cycle they will also help her with giving birth and post natal depression. Post natal depression currently affects 10 to 15% of women after they have given birth and causes women to feel irritable, tired, depressed and unable to enjoy anything. However, with the help of a midwife and an obstetrician it can be easy to overcome.

A gynaecologist or obstetrician will also help conduct scans throughout the pregnancy from the first scan which can take place at only eight weeks right up to the last scan which can take place at forty weeks. While an ultrasound technician is likely to conduct the scan, an obstetrician will analyse the findings and talk through the images with the mother, explaining any problems that may have arisen in the pregnancy cycle.

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Tom Farrell

Written by Tom Farrell

Tom Farrell works in both the NHS and private sector providing gynaecology, pregnancy ultrasound and maternity care clinics in the Jessop Wing (NHS) and BMI Thornbury & Claremont Hospital (Private sector) in Sheffield.

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