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What can I do about the HPV infection? What happens if I have persistent HPV? You will be referred to see a gynaecologist if you have type 16 or type 18 HPV (“high-risk” types) even if your pap smear is normal. This is because these 2 types of virus account for the majority of cases of ...
My new cervical screening test has shown that I’m positive for HPV! What does this mean? What is HPV? HPV is Human Papilloma Virus. There are over 100 different strains of the virus and around 40 of the strains preferentially infect the genital area. How did I get HPV? HPV is a ...
First of all, take a deep breath…and then take a pregnancy test! If it’s negative, or if there’s no way you could be pregnant, then consider the following common causes of missed periods: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS): This is the most common endocrine (glandular) disorder in women of ...
What is the vulva? Put simply, the vulva is the area of skin between your legs, extending from the mons pubis (the hair-bearing area in front of your pubic bone) to the perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus). Surprisingly, a lot of women are unsure about the anatomy of their vulva, ...
Pelvic pain affects approximately 1 in 5 women over the course of their lifetime, with some women going on to develop chronic pelvic pain – defined as pain present on most days for at least 6 months. This can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life, potentially affecting school, ...
What is Human Papilloma Virus? Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually-acquired virus that is difficult to avoid – up to 80% of people who’ve ever had sex will meet it over the course of their lives! There are over 100 subtypes or strains of HPV, and around 40 of them are known to infect ...
The combined oral contraceptive pill has been in use for over 50 years now, and today’s versions are the safest yet. But, did you know that the pill can be used for more than just contraception? Below are some alternative uses, and benefits from its use: Treatment of irregular, heavy and ...
A healthy pregnancy is best achieved by optimising your health prior to falling pregnant. The aim of pre-conception care is to identify and modify any biomedical or social risks to a woman’s health and, potentially, to her pregnancy. During a pre-conception assessment, your medical, surgical, ...
With decreasing fertility rates and increasing maternal ages, concern about chromosomal abnormalities in babies has led to improved antenatal screening and detection methods. All woman are now offered screening tests for chromosomal abnormalities in pregnancy, and those who obtain high-risk results ...
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