The doctors of Queen Street Medical Centre are experienced in all areas of women’s health. There is four female GPs practicing at Queen Street Medical Centre if it is preferable for our female patients. We focus on offering preventative health advice to achieve and maintain optimal health. We highly recommend women to have regular check-ups with their doctor to ensure all screening is up to date.
Some of the more common women’s health issues the doctors can help with include:
Cervical Cancer Screening
A Cervical Screening Test (CST) replaced the Pap smear test in December 2017. The CST is now the preferred test for women to screen for detection of cervical cancer. Similar to the Pap smear, a CST is performed via speculum examination. Cells are sent to the lab to test for the human papillomavirus (HPV). If the result is normal, a repeat CST test is recommended every five years.
In addition to regular cervical cancer screening, it is recommended to consider vaccination against HPV. We stock Gardasil9 vaccinations at the clinic for eligible female and male patients. Discuss with your doctor to determine if Gardasil9 is suitable for you.
Breast awareness for women is absolutely crucial, and self examinations in conjunction with breast screenings for women over 40 should be a part of everyday life. If you have any concerns about your breasts or notice any changes during self-examination, you should arrange an appointment to see a doctor without delay.
Contraception means to prevent pregnancy and there are various contraception methods available. The doctors at Queen Street Medical Centre can assist you in choosing the right contraception method to suit your health needs. Aside from oral contraceptive pills, there are also long-acting, reversible contraceptive methods that are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. Some of the doctors are trained to perform Implanon NXT® insertion, removal or replacements. Dr Ria Warfe and Dr Leisha Weissenberger is available for Intrauterine Device (IUD) insertion (such as Mirena®, Kyleena® or Copper devices). To discuss contraception options further, book an appointment with your GP.
Family Planning & Fertility
The doctors are equipped to help women make decisions to manage their health through family planning and the effective use of contraception. This can be a sensitive issue, but this underscores the importance of being able to find practitioners with whom to communicate in a honest and safe manner. While all the doctors are skilled with respect to concerns about fertility and suitable testing and assessments, the female GPs at Queen Street Medical Centre, all have a specialist interest in the field.
Women undergoing menopause are subject to a number of changes, and some women face general health concerns through the course of these changes. While the average age to experience this ‘change of life’ is around 50, it could happen significantly earlier or later than that. If you’re suffering from any adverse effects of menopause or have further questions, you should refer to your GP.