Making Maternal Mental Health a Priority

Maternal mental health issues can cause significant problems for new mothers and their babies. It’s important to understand why these issues develop, and what can be done to support mothers experiencing them. With early recognition and the right support, maternal mental health issues can be treated. What is perinatal mental health? Perinatal mental health refers […]

Cervical Screening : What you need to know

The cervix is part of the female reproductive system. It is located between the vagina and the uterus (womb) and is often referred to as the neck of the womb. How common is cervical cancer? There are 3200 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed every year in the UK. This means that 9 people are […]

Using fertility app trackers for contraception

In recent times it has become increasingly popular for women to track menstruation on mobile apps. The use of technology to take the guesswork out of tracking is significantly helping women to work out fertile days and also when to use contraception. Although reproductive apps are useful for menstruation tracking, their reliability for contraception use […]

Breast Screening – Not all mammograms are equal

What is mammography? Mammography has been around for decades and is generally used for three reasons: Screening – This is for people at average risk of breast cancer who undergo routine mammography to find cancers that are not yet symptomatic. Surveillance – This refers to women that are at a high risk of breast cancer […]

Varicose Veins assessment at ROC

Unsightly varicose veins are a common long-term condition affecting women and men. They usually occur in the legs or feet, but can happen anywhere. They often run in families and are made worse by pregnancy, and doing a lot of standing. Sometimes weaknesses in the walls of the superficial veins cause them to enlarge, resulting […]

Hormone Health for Women after 40

By Dr Diane Dobb Oestrogen and COVID All women should monitor for changes in our emotional and physical wellbeing from our thirties onwards.  Oestrogen affects every single cell in our bodies, and begins to decline during our mid-thirties. Symptoms can linger into our seventies, and can be individually investigated and treated by clinicians at every […]

Ovarian cancer – are we any further forward in earlier detection?

Ovarian cancer is the 6th most common female cancer in the UK, with around 7,500 new cases diagnosed each year.  This is equivalent no 20 new cases being diagnosed each day (1). Unfortunately, it is a condition that is often diagnosed late, with only a third of women surviving more than 10 years after their […]

Chronic Pelvic Pain in women

Chronic pelvic pain in women is often a debilitating condition resulting in a significant reduction in quality of life in the affected individuals. It is a common presentation in UK primary care, with 38 per 1000 women affected annually—a rate comparable to those of asthma (37 per 1000) and back pain (41 per 1000) (1). There […]

Breaking news in the diagnosis of Endometriosis!

Recently it was announced that a new blood test has been developed to help diagnose endometriosis. Endometriosis is the very painful disease where cells that produce menstrual blood normally found in the womb lining (=endometrium) are outside of the womb, and as the blood produced can not escape anywhere, it causes cysts, inflammation and scarring. […]

Endometriosis Focus – Be Aware, Know your Options

Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK, and 1 in 10 women in the UK are thought to be affected. It can affect any woman of child bearing age.   What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is the name given to the condition where cells which normally line the womb(endometrium) are found elsewhere […]