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Click to download the Abdominal Hysterectomy ERP leaflet
 

Abdominal Hysterectomy ERP

You have been offered an abdominal hysterectomy because conservative or medical treatment of your problem has failed or is unsuitable.

Abdominal hysterectomy is most commonly used in the treatment of:

  • menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) and/or dysmenorrhoea (painful periods).
  • fibroids (non-cancerous growths) that grow in the wall of the uterus.
  • Endometriosis.
  • cancer (womb, cervix. ovary, fallopian tubes, vagina).
  • chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • ovarian cysts.
... read more
 
Click to download the Bartholin’s Abscess or Cyst with Word Catheter leaflet
 

Bartholin’s Abscess or Cyst with Word Catheter

This leaflet is aims to help women with a cyst or abscess of the Bartholin's gland to gain an understanding of the condition and treatments available. If there is anything you do not understand or if you have any questions, please ask the clinic nurse or doctor.

The Bartholin's glands are located on both sides of the vaginal opening. Under normal conditions, they are not noticeable. These glands secrete a fluid (through tiny openings called ducts) that keeps the vagina moist ... read more

 
Click to download the BMI and Infertility leaflet
 

BMI and Infertility

Being overweight has an adverse effect on reproduction. In women who need assisted conception (such as Ovulation induction, IVF, ICSI) recent evidence has shown a decrease in pregnancy rates with increasing body mass index (BMI), which is calculated as weight in kg/ height in metres ... read more

 
Click to download the Chronic Pelvic Pain leaflet
 

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is any pain you feel in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Healthcare professionals consider pelvic pain to be long-term if:

  • you experience it either constantly or intermittently for at least six months
  • it happens at times other than when you have your period or sexual intercourse.

Chronic or long-term pelvic pain is very common. Almost one in six women suffers from pelvic pain that has been going on for more than 6 months. Unfortunately, many women will suffer for years before a diagnosis is made ... read more

 
Click to download the Colposcopy leaflet
 

Colposcopy

Cervical screening tests (smears) and colposcopy are both part of the routine prevention of cervical cancer. Abnormal tests are fairly common, affecting about 1 in 12 women. Please be assured that it is very unlikely that you have developed cancer. This leaflet explains what colposcopy means and what happens when you attend a clinic ... read more

 
Click to download the Colposcopy and Lletz Biopsy leaflet
 

Colposcopy and Lletz Biopsy

LLETZ stands for “Large Loop Excision of the Transformational Zone”

You have had a LLETZ treatment today where a small piece of tissue (approximately 1cm by 1cm) from your cervix was removed to take away the abnormal cells. These cells are not cancerous, but your smear has shown that there are high grade pre-cancerous changes.

This means that they could develop into cancer if left untreated or unmonitored ... read more

 
Click to download the Endometriosis leaflet
 

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside the womb, on the lining of inside of pelvis, on ovaries, bowel and many other organs. The cause is not known. Research shows that on average, it takes 7 years from the time of onset of pain to diagnosis.

Sometimes there are no symptoms and it is found by chance when a woman is having an operation. However, for many women it can be a very painful condition and it is diagnosed when these symptoms are investigated. In other cases it is identified in women who are having difficulty getting pregnant ... read more

 
Click to download the Fertility Welcome Pack leaflet
 

Fertility Welcome Pack

The Fertility unit is a specialist gynaecology service with clinics and theatres located at both St Peter’s Hospital and Ashford Hospital. We provide a high quality, friendly and personalised one-stop service to patients who are seeking fertility treatment. We have an expert team providing the support you need, and to help you choose the most appropriate treatment ... read more

 
Click to download the Follicle Tracking Scans leaflet
 

Follicle Tracking Scans

The purpose of follicle tracking is to confirm that a follicle is developing at the correct time in the cycle and is releasing the egg, in other words to confirm ovulation ... read more

 
Click to download the Gynaecology-Oncology Fast Track Clinic leaflet
 

Gynaecology-Oncology Fast Track Clinic

Your GP has referred you to the Gynaecology Fast Track Diagnostic Clinic for assessment and investigation of the pelvic and abdominal symptoms that you are having. On the appointment day, you may require an ultrasound to aid diagnosis:

Trans-vaginal ultrasound – This test uses sound waves to produce images of organs and structures within your pelvic region. This type of scan is performed by inserting a probe into the vagina in order to view the ovaries and womb clearly. You will be asked to lie on the couch in a similar position to having a smear taken.

The investigation feels similar to having an internal examination and is not usually painful ... read more

 
Click to download the How to recover quickly from a laparoscopy leaflet
 

How to recover quickly from a laparoscopy

A laparoscopy (also known as keyhole surgery) is performed under a general anaesthetic. 3-4 half to one centimetre cuts are made in the abdomen which allows your surgeon to insert a small telescope so that he can see inside your abdomen and your reproductive organs directly. Your abdomen will be filled with gas to allow us some space to gain a clear picture and if necessary to treat any problems as agreed with you before your operation. Before you agree to surgery and sign your consent a surgeon will discuss what is planned (This is called an informed consent).

At the end of surgery as much gas as possible is released from the abdominal cavity and the incisions are closed ... read more

 
Click to download the Hysteroscopy leaflet
 

Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a procedure which allows us to look inside the womb. During the procedure a fine telescope called a hysteroscope is guided through the vagina and neck of the womb into the womb ... read more

 
Click to download the Laparoscopic Hysterectomy ERP leaflet
 

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy ERP

You have been offered a laparoscopic hysterectomy because conservative or medical treatment of your problem has failed or is unsuitable.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy is most commonly used in the treatment of:

  • menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) and/or dysmenorrhoea (painful periods).
  • fibroids (non-cancerous growths) that grow in the wall of the uterus.
  • Endometriosis.
  • chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • ovarian cysts.

... read more

 
Click to download the Laparoscopic Procedures involving Pelvic Nerves for Endometriosis or Nerve Entrapment leaflet
 

Laparoscopic Procedures involving Pelvic Nerves for Endometriosis or Nerve Entrapment

Neuropelveology is a new branch of medicine which deals with the disease of and surgery on the nerves of the pelvis. The pelvic area is full of very important nerves that supplies structures such as bladder, rectum, vagina and it is also the passage for the nerves that supply the legs. There are also important nerves in this area that are responsible for sexual function ... read more

 
Click to download the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist for Gynae-Oncology leaflet
 

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist for Gynae-Oncology

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event and you and your family may experience a wide range of emotions, and have a lot of questions and concerns throughout your cancer journey.

Your Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is available to provide ongoing support from the initial investigations leading to diagnosis, throughout your treatment and on to living with and beyond cancer ... read more

 
Click to download the Ovulation Induction with Clomiphene Treatment leaflet
 

Ovulation Induction with Clomiphene Treatment

Clomid (clomiphene citrate) is used in women who do not ovulate (produce eggs) regularly each month leading to infertility. Clomid stimulates eggs to develop in the ovaries and be released ready for fertilisation. About 80% of women will respond to this treatment and 40% will conceive. Most women who will ovulate do so during the first three months of treatment. Normally no more than six treatment cycles of Clomid treatment is given and, if pregnancy is not achieved during this time, then other methods of ovulation induction should be considered ... read more

 
Click to download the Ovulation Induction with Letrozole Treatment leaflet
 

Ovulation Induction with Letrozole Treatment

Letrozole is a fertility drug to stimulate ovulation and is sometimes used as an alternative to Clomifene. Letrozole is an aromatase inhibitor and works by lowering the production of oestrogen and enhancing the release of FSH. It has also been shown to be effective at inducing ovulation in fertility patients and may be more effective than Clomifene in certain patients ... read more

 
Click to download the Pre-Operative Bowel Preparation for Gynaecological Laparoscopic Surgery leaflet
 

Pre-Operative Bowel Preparation for Gynaecological Laparoscopic Surgery

Prior to your admission for laparoscopic surgery, we would like to ensure that your bowel is completely empty as this makes surgery easier to perform and reduces the risk of bowel injury to you. In the unlikely event of this occurring, it makes the management much easier as there is much less risk of contamination. It does, however, mean that you will have to go on a special diet for four days prior to your surgery and take strong laxatives. The laxatives will be given to you at your Preadmission assessment appointment together with instructions.

Bowel preparation is not suitable for all individuals if you have other medical problems for example diabetes or kidney problems. If you feel there is any reason why you may not be suitable for bowel prep then please discuss this with your doctor or nurse ... read more

 
Click to download the TCRF (Transcervical Resection of Fibroids) leaflet
 

TCRF (Transcervical Resection of Fibroids)

TCRF is a procedure in which the fibroids protruding into the lining of the womb (uterus) are removed or shaved off to make the womb lining as normal as possible (also called resection) using a wire loop ... read more

 
Click to download the Vaginal Hysterectomy ERP leaflet
 

Vaginal Hysterectomy ERP

Vaginal hysterectomy is most commonly used in the treatment of uterine (womb) prolapse. A prolapse of the uterus occurs due to a weakness in the supporting tissues to the vagina. This weakness can cause symptoms of a bulge that appears from the vagina. It is usually worse on straining, walking and lifting. Commonly symptoms are worse in the evening.

Vaginal hysterectomy is also used in the treatment of women with menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) and/or dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) and small benign fibroids (non-cancerous growths) that grow in the wall of the uterus ... read more

 
Click to download the Vulvodynia leaflet
 

Vulvodynia

Describes a group of conditions in which there is an excessive sensitivity of the nerves in the vulva.

There are several causes and correct assessment is essential to determine a diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatment.

Around 16% of women experience Vulvodynia at some time in their life. The condition can be chronic and may ‘flare up’ and improve on its own, or may persist and require medical intervention ... read more