BMI Healthcare - women's health
A woman may experience many health changes throughout her life; some expected, such as having your first period and going through childbirth, some not so expected like fibroids, endometriosis or a gynaecological cancer.
Though there are no exact dates and times for when these health changes will occur, it is good to be aware of what will, or can, happen to your body, and seek medical advice when necessary.
Survey and results
Last year BMI Healthcare conducted a survey with Mumsnetters to get their views on women's health. Surprisingly results showed that women are more than twice as likely to discuss issues with their partners, such as heavy periods or problems conceiving, than they are with their mothers or even their sisters. This is despite the fact that family history is a key factor in many women's health issues, and seven in 10 Mumsnetters surveyed knows somebody in their family who has suffered with a gynaecological issue.
The survey also revealed that 80% of women have experienced a heavy period but only 18% have seen or have been examined by a gynaecologist. If suffering with problem periods, whether heavy, painful, irregular or non-existent there are a number of tests that can be done to find out if there is a medical reason behind the issues.
Reasons for seeing a gynaecologist consultant include:
- Heavy periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Intermittent or irregular periods
- Abdominal or pelvic pain during or between periods
- Itching or burning
- Irregular discharge
Where can I learn more about women's health treatments at BMI Healthcare?
Women between the ages of 25 and 49 are invited for cervical screening every three years as part of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. Cervical cancer is most common in women under 35 years of age so it is important to attend the screenings as they help to detect any pre-cancerous cells in the cervix. If between smear tests you experience symptoms such as vaginal bleeding between periods, pelvic pain or an unpleasant smelling discharge seek medical advice. BMI Healthcare can offer women smear tests to address any particular concerns you may have.
Breast cancer is also more prevalent in women than men; it is important for a woman to check her own breasts regularly for any changes or abnormalities.
Although pelvic pain is a common complaint, it can also be an indication of a number of conditions including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids or an infection. Tests such as a swab, ultrasound, blood tests or CT scans could help to identify the issue. If experiencing any pain seeking advice from a gynaecologist could help to put your mind at ease.
Where can I learn more about BMI Healthcare?
BMI Healthcare, the largest private acute healthcare provider in the UK, has 63 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country. For more information on women's health procedures or to book an appointment with a gynaecologist at one of BMI Healthcare's facilities, please call 0800 015 1723.
Last updated: about 3 years ago