Having a regular check up with your gynaecologist is highly recommended, not just for the health benefits, but so that you can build a trusting relationship with a professional in case there ever is a medical issue, or when you feel the time has come to start a family and you wish to have someone you know care for you during this journey and offer medical support if there are any issues regarding your fertility.
Check up details
We recommend that all women have an annual check-up with their personal gynaecologist to prevent them developing illnesses such as cervical cancer or ovarian cancer. Usually an annual check-up will consist of:
A consultation during which you would discuss your medical history and any worries or concerns.
A blood pressure check.
A cervical smear test to check for cervical cancer. We recommend this be done at least once a year.
A transvaginal scan. This scan is painless and is very important as it allows your gynaecologist to see the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. He will be able to check that everything appears normal and to check for ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer, polyps and endometriosis.
It can also include other tests such as swabs and blood tests. This could be to check for sexually transmitted diseases, a cancer marker test (CA125), cholesterol, haemoglobin, hormone levels, liver function and thyroid profile, amongst others. These can be done during the consultation if you wish.
We can also take a urine test and check for chlamydia, thrush and other sexually transmitted diseases if needed.
Many patients wish to discuss their contraception and check that they are using the best method for them. Your gynaecologist can advise on this and prescribe the chosen method. Most women are usually too busy to take some time out for themselves and consider their own health. It is important that women in both their reproductive and post menopausal years do think about their well being as screening tools and lifestyle changes may have a significant impact on both their immediate and long term health.
If you decide the time has come to start a family your personal gynaecologist will be able to help you with that process too. Whether it occurs naturally and you need help with the birth, or some assistance is required, you will have had the opportunity to build a relationship with your gynaecologist who will then take you through this journey.