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Frequently Asked Questions
What is women’s health?
Women’s health focuses on a range of treatments and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that women are affected by, which differs from what men experience.
How do I check my breasts for signs of cancer?
Have a visual look at your breasts for noticeable changes, swelling, sores or lumps on both breasts and under your arm. Also check for nipple dimpling or discharge.
What does a lump in your breast feel like?
All lumps which occur in your breast are different. It depends on the location, cause, growth and can vary from being painful to not painful, hard to soft and mobile to immobile. It’s best to consult your GP about lumps you are unsure about.
Are mammograms painful?
Mammograms compress the breasts while checking for breast cancer. This may cause slight discomfort and mammograms are best taken when breasts are less tender one week after the menstrual cycle.
Do oral contraceptives increase the risk of breast cancer?
Yes, there is a small increased risk for women who have been using oral contraceptives for over five years. The risk depends on many factors and family history. Your GP or gynaecologist will recommend usage and when to have breaks off the pill.
What is an IUD?
An IUD is a hormone-releasing device that is inserted into the uterus. It works by releasing a progestin hormone and is considered one of the most effective forms of reversible birth control. It’s the ideal contraceptive for women who do not wish to take a pill every day. Effective for five years, this flexible device can be removed at any time should you wish to fall pregnant. If you do not want to fall pregnant after the five-year period, you can simply remove the old IUD and have a new one inserted.
Can an IUD be used to manage my period?
Even if you are not sexually active, an IUD can be used as a treatment for heavy periods. Though once it is placed, bleeding and spotting may increase during the first 3 – 6 months and remain irregular. From there it is likely that you will only frequent spotting or light bleeding. Once your body adjusts to the IUD, it is likely that the number or bleeding and spotting days will decrease although they will remain irregular. In some cases, women have even found that their period stops altogether while wearing an IUD, though it will return back to normal once the device is removed.
How does an IUD work?
The IUD is placed in the uterus and begins to release a progestin hormone. This hormone then causes other reactions in your body that prevent pregnancy.
First it thickens the cervical mucus which prevents sperm from entering into your uterus. Then it works by prevents the sperm from reaching or fertilizing your egg. Finally; it thins the lining of the uterus. It is this collection of factors that work together in the prevention of pregnancy whilst fitted with the IUD.
How to tell if I have started menopause?
Signs you are entering the menopause faze are indicated by irregular periods, hot flushes, vaginal dryness, chills, night sweats, sleep problems, weight gain and slowed metabolism and mood changes.
Am I pregnant?
Usually the earliest sign of pregnancy is a missed period. At-home pregnancy tests are quite reliable and can be taken to return a positive or negative reading indicating pregnancy. Other signs begin at different stages for women, and include fatigue, sore breasts, increased urination, nausea along other issues. If you suspect pregnancy, please see your GP.
Can I stay active during pregnancy?
Keeping active and fit during pregnancy is great for yourself and the baby. You should keep up the normal daily amount of exercise as long as it feels comfortable and you take extra care and avoid high demanding and risky exercises. Please ask your GP about exercise and fitness while pregnant.
How should you sleep during pregnancy?
While pregnant you should sleep on your side. Try and get into the habit of side sleeping as soon as possible. Sleeping on your back will not be possible once your belly gets heavier and bigger.
Is there a cure for cervical cancer?
No, at this point in time there is not a cure for HPV to prevent cervical cancer. However, there are treatments for cervical cancer including surgery and chemotherapy.
Does cervical cancer affect a woman’s ability to have children?
Unfortunately, in some cases of cervical cancer, the treatment required to remove the cancer may prevent the ability to get pregnant and give birth. Treatment may remove the womb or stop the ovaries from functioning.