At the BGIC we offer women’s health screening for a wide variety of gynaecological conditions, including early stage cancers. Diagnosing disease at an early stage can make it more treatable and prevent it from developing into a life threatening condition. Our health screens vary depending on your age, your family history and any particular concerns you may have.
During a typical screening visit, the consultant will obtain a detailed and thorough history and then examine your breasts and pelvis. Related investigations that may be recommended include:
- Cervical screening to detect the early signs of cervical cancer
- A pelvic ultrasound scan
- Blood testing to check your hormone levels
- A sexual health screening if required: this involves screening for sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia, gonorrhoeae, HIV and syphilis.
Cervical screening test
A cervical screening test (previously known as a ‘smear test’) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervical and usually takes around five minutes to perform. A speculum will be gently inserted into your vagina so the doctor can examine the cervix, and a small soft brush is used to take some cells from the surface. The sample of cervical cells is then examined under a microscope to see whether there are any abnormalities.
Pelvic ultrasound scan
A pelvic ultrasound scan is used to examine the womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image of the inside of your body. It is painless and doesn’t use any radiation making it infinitely safer than an Xray