The Importance of Regular Gynaecological Check-Ups

Women of all ages need to take a proactive approach to their health and well-being; therefore, regular gynaecological check-ups are essential. These routine appointments offer specialised care and guidance tailored to the individual’s needs and allow women to foster open communication with their healthcare providers. Check-ups also serve as a path to preventative care, early detection of gynaecological cancers, fertility management, and support during pregnancy and childbirth. By prioritising gynaecological appointments, women can better manage their sexual and reproductive health, leading to healthier, more fulfilling lives.

What To Expect During a Gynaecological Check-Up

Gynaecological healthcare providers are trained to conduct check-ups and examinations professionally and respectfully. During the appointment, they typically begin by discussing medical history and any concerning symptoms. They may then perform a breast examination to look for abnormalities. Next, they perform a Pap smear, using a speculum to collect cells from the cervix for analysis. Lastly, they will conduct a bimanual pelvic examination (BPE) by inserting two gloved fingers into the vagina to assess the size, shape, and position of the uterus and ovaries. The healthcare provider will ensure you are comfortable and answer any questions.

Check-Ups Are Essential from Adolescence to Menopause

Throughout a woman’s lifetime, regular appointments with a gynaecologist are essential. Beginning in adolescence, these appointments provide women with vital information about their reproductive health, menstrual cycles, contraception, and more. Later, a woman will be more likely to require assistance in choosing contraception, family planning, and fertility. As women enter perimenopause and menopause, it becomes increasingly important to monitor and manage symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, and mood changes. In such cases, they may offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT). At any point, the doctor may detect gynaecological conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or fibroids and test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Check-Ups Promote a Healthy Intimate Life

Open and informed discussions with a gynaecologist about intimacy are empowering for women. During these appointments, various aspects of sexual well-being can be discussed, such as pain during intercourse, changes in libido, or difficulties achieving orgasm. These conversations may lead to the detection of underlying causes such as hormonal imbalances, vaginal infections, or pelvic floor dysfunction. Once these issues are identified, they can be treated. Doctors will also discuss contraception and screen for STIs to help women enjoy more fulfilling intimate lives.

The Benefits of Regular Gynaecological Check-Ups

Keeping up with regular gynaecological appointments has numerous benefits. Outside of addressing concerning symptoms, regular gynaecological check-ups enable preventative care and early detection of potential issues through examinations, screenings, and tests. These measures help healthcare providers identify abnormalities at their earliest stages when treatment options are most effective.

Gynaecologists also offer women emotional support and guidance in dealing with their sexual and reproductive health issues. These appointments are safe and confidential spaces for women to express their concerns, ask questions, and seek advice on intimate matters. This support fosters a proactive approach to health and empowers women to form healthy habits and practice self-care.

Regular gynaecological check-ups are crucial for women’s health, as they provide the preventative care, intervention, and support necessary for leading happy, healthy lives. Take control of your health; book an appointment with a gynaecologist today.

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.