HealthMint encourages women to be mindful of the various health needs that are likely to arise across a woman’s lifespan. Our team are able to support you with all of these.
‘Being a woman’s doctor is a part of my job that I find particularly rewarding. One of the most satisfying things is being able to share in the challenges of pregnancy, starting with planning and continuing through pregnancy and beyond.’ – Dr Paul Tescher
Period symptoms and control
It’s common for women to experience irregular bleeding patterns, or heavier than usual periods, or severe pain with periods. Even though these are common, sometimes there may be causes that require further tests or assessment. There are also many treatment options available, and it would be worth discussing these with a doctor to decide what is suitable for you.
There are a wide range of different types of contraception available on the market. Our doctors will take the time to discuss your health and lifestyle requirements to determine the most suitable option for you. We also offer implanon insertion and removal.
Current guidelines recommend that sexually active women over 18 have a pap smear every 2 years. HealthMint recognises that this isn’t something women tend to look forward to, so we aim to make you as comfortable as possible. If this is your first time having a pap smear, you can be comforted in knowing that the actual procedure will only take 5 minutes out of the whole consultation, and if you wish a family member or friend can be by your side. We have also invested in a special piece of equipment to make your pap test even faster and more comfortable. The Welch AllynKleenSpec system provides a light source that attaches to the specula, getting rid of the need for a doctor to shine a wall mounted light at you, and ensuring optimal visibility and efficiency.
Women over 40 or who have noticed any change in their breast (such as a new lump or skin changes) are advised to get checked by a professional. Your HealthMint doctor will first take a thorough history, perform an examination in a sensitive manner and advise you of a diagnosis or arrange further tests or specialist referrals.
Menopause occurs on average around age 50. Some women can experience it earlier or later. It can cause a lot of physical symptoms and changes including hot flushes, mood changes, skin changes, irregular bleeding and possibly weight changes. You may also notice a change in your sleeping pattern. If any symptoms are troublesome, it’s worth discussing treatment options. Also, because a woman’s health risks change after menopause, it is a good opportunity to have a thorough health check and discuss preventative health.
Have a look at our Family Planning and Pregnancy service page for further information regarding:
– Pregnancy planning & testing
– Antenatal care
– 6 week postnatal check.