Womens Health

There are various forms of contraceptive methods available.

Please book online for a consultation with one of our sexual health trained GP’s who can give you advice about the types of contraceptive methods available.

See below for more information to help you make an informed decision on what you feel is right for you

Your contraception guide – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Contraception Methods | Birth Control Options | Patient

 

What is it- The menopause affects all women between the ages or 45 to 55.  It is a natural process of ageing which is caused by the decrease in the amount of oestrogen (a hormone) that women’s bodies produce which eventually results in having no periods.

Causes- These can include treatments from chemotherapy/ radiotherapy, surgery that removed the ovaries and womb, or underlying medical conditions such as Addisons disease.

Symptoms– These include hot flushes, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, recurrent urinary tract infections,  reduced sex drive/ libido, low mood, anxiety, irritability, problems with memory or concentration,

Treatments– These include medications such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) This is an artificial source of medication to replace the hormones. It can come in a variety of products such as tablets, patches and vaginal creams. If you would like to discuss treatment options please book online and one of our experience GPs will be able to discuss at length your symptoms and management plan tailored to your individual needs.  Other treatments include antidepressents (evidence suggests that these can help the hot flushes) , vaginal preparations such as creams , lubricants and moisturisers, as well as additional treatments such as CBT, exercise healthy diet.

For more information click on the link below

Menopause | Symptoms and Treatment | Patient

Menopause – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it- Vaginal thrush is a very common symptom caused by a yeast infection called candida albicans.

Symptoms– Vaginal itching, soreness, vaginal discharge usually white creamy cottage cheese like, sometimes it can cause pain with passing urine.

Associations– Thrush can be associated with pregnancy, douching, medical conditions such as diabetes, menstruation cycle also can be associated with increase risk of thrush, a weakened immune system, recent use of antibiotics and eve stress can result in thrush.

Treatment- This can be a cream, pessary or both and sometimes a tablet may be required.  If you feel you have the symptoms of thrush, book online now to speak to one of the MyDoc GPs.  

For more information on vaginal discharge see the link below

Thrush – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Vaginal Discharge | Causes and Treatment | Patient

Vaginal discharge – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it-  When bacteria gets into your urinary tract which includes your urethra, bladder and kidneys it can cause an infection or irritation. There are different types such as cystitis, urethritis and the most severe form pyelonephritis. 

Cystitis affects your bladder, urethritis affects your urethra (the tube which urine comes out) and pylonephritis affects the kidneys.

Symptoms- These are variable and range from the following

  1. Burning or stinging when passing urine
  2. Blood in the urine known as haematuria, Cloudy or/ and strong smelly urine
  3. Increased urine frequency or passing urine more than normal
  4. Pain in lower abdomen and pelvis
  5. Back pain
  6. Vomiting
  7. Fever
  8. Having the urge to pass urine
  9. Confusion
  10. Feeling generally unwell tired and achey

IF you experience the following symptoms of a fever, hot and cold chills, back pain, lower abdominal pain with or without groin pain, vomiting and nausea then you must seek urgent medical attention by calling 111 or attending your nearest AE department as this can be a sign of infection spreading into the kidneys.

Causes of urinary tract infections – Constipation, sexual intercourse, conditions such as diabetes, menopause, catheter insertion recently, pregnancy and even being born with an abnormal urine tract. 

Treatment- Plenty of fluids and pain killers – but avoid NSAIDS such as aspirin and ibuprofen as these can act on the kidneys.  

Speak to your local pharmacist who will be able to offer a breadth of information for urine treatments.   Avoid factors that can make symptoms worse such as alcohol caffeine. 

Usually a course of antibiotics will be required which our dedicated GPs can help you with if you feel you have the symptoms of a urine infection. 

MyDoc is open 7 days a week 365 days a year 8am to 8pm.  So book online now for a consultation. 

For more information visit the following links below 

Urinary Tract Infection In Adults (Causes, Symptoms and Treatment) | Patient

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it- This is very common in young girls and females where the vagina and or vulva can become inflamed.

Treatment-  This is easily treated with steroid or antifungal creams. 

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