Women’s Health GP Tuggeranong – Greenway Medical Centre
Bulk Billing Doctors Kambah, Wanniassa, Isabella Plains, Gordon, Conder
The women’s health services provided by the doctors at Greenway Medical Centre cater to any stage of life adolescence, young adulthood, pregnancy, childbirth, middle age, menopause or mature age.
We appreciate that there are many aspects to achieving optimum physical health. Ensuring we have a healthy diet and are the ideal weight we need to be, adhering to screening programs available, and being alert to any changes in our body that may need a doctor’ s advice can all help to reach this target.
Breast self-examination and being aware of any changes in the skin and contour of the breast are important.
Our doctors are here to educate you on BSE ( breast self-examination) as well as advise you on any changes and the need for investigation. Regular mammograms are a good idea. If you have any concerns due to a family history of breast cancer, speak to one of our team of doctors.
Menopausal and peri-menopausal health
The menopause and the years leading up to it can be a period of myriad changes for a woman- in physical health, the skin, hair, genital tract can be affected – mental health -mood disturbances, altered libido – weakness in the pelvic floor leading to prolapse of the womb, osteoporosis with weaker bones and increased risk of fractures.
A discussion with a doctor around this time helps to highlight any factors that may need to be addressed-preventive health measures like advice on exercise, weight management, smoking cessation, and other lifestyle changes that may benefit you.
Should you need help with medication or choosing hormone replacement therapy we are here to have that crucial discussion.
The first step to a healthy pregnancy is to discuss with your doctor individual circumstances. We can guide you on any supplements, medication alterations or investigations you may need.
Early pregnancy may also be complicated by vaginal bleeding and morning sickness. We are here to support you through the investigations that you may need to undergo, whether they are blood tests or ultrasound scans. In those circumstances where pregnancy loss occurs or is suspected, seeing your doctor helps clarify the options available, and is an important source of support to you.
Antenatal care until the second trimester, that is until 26 weeks, is mostly through your GP.
We help you with organising blood tests, ultrasound scans, dating scans, screening for Down’s syndrome, morphology scans at twenty weeks, vaccination for whooping cough, and tests for complications such as gestational diabetes.
Your GP is also best placed to provide shared care with your specialists, in the form of regular monitoring and ultrasound scans where needed or even to help guide you through the pregnancy.
After the delivery, seeing a doctor for a postnatal check-up is a good idea to highlight any concerns that you may have – whether they are with regards to yourself or the baby. It is also a good opportunity to discuss contraceptive needs and what may be the best choice for your situation.
Talking to your GP can help allay any worries you may have about your baby’s feeding, sleeping, or development over the months. We will also guide you through the immunisations needed for your baby.
Where couples experience difficulty in falling pregnant or are concerned regarding the possibility of this, a discussion with your GP is the first step. We can help you make the right decision and liaise with the specialist through any ongoing care and fertility assessments.
Sexual health and Contraception
Finding the form or method of birth control that is best for you can be tricky. Your GP can guide you through the various choices available and also help with sexual health screening.