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Why should I see a gynaecologist?

There are many important benefits of seeing a gynaecologist in London, which include:

  • Helping you understand your body and take control of your health in new and important ways
  • Creating a baseline of health with your private gynaecologist will help highlight any future problem changes in your body that require treatment
  • Any abnormalities that you won’t be aware of will be caught early on when they are easier to treat
  • The peace of mind that comes with good health and first-rate treatment

Your gynecological consultation is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and receive expert tips and advice regarding your vagina and sexual health. Each visit will give you the confidence and knowledge needed to take charge of your health just as you deserve.

When should I visit a London gynaecologist?

We recommend females who are sexually active and/or over the age of 21 visit a gynaecologist for annual check-ups. You should also visit a gynaecologist in the case of:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding including, heavy periods, post coital bleeding, missed periods, or bleeding after menopause
  • Abdominal or stomach pain this may indicate an infection, ovarian cysts, or fibroids (non-cancerous tumours)
  • Unusual discharge yellow, green, or grey discharge that smells bad may be a sign of a bacterial or yeast infection
  • Painful sex this can result from vaginal dryness, fibroids, or infection and will require a pelvic exam

Cervical smears

When should I have my first pap smear?

In the UK, women are encouraged to have their first cervical smear at the age of 25. If you’re under 25, small abnormalities in the cells are usually a normal occurrence. However, we’re happy to provide a private smear test in London to women of any age.

How often should I have a pap smear?

You should be screened for cervical cancer once every 2-3 years.

Why do abnormal cells develop?

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection that causes most of the cervical cancer cells.
Although abnormal cells are not always cancer, they require treatment before cancer has the chance to develop.

My pap smear came back with abnormal results. What next?

Abnormal pap smears indicate either an infection, abnormal cells, or cervical cancer. The extent of the follow-up investigation required depends on your age and the severity of the abnormality.

  • Repeat cervical smear if it’s likely the abnormalities will resolve naturally, your gynaecologist will ask you to return for another smear test in 3-6 months
  • Private colposcopy your gynaecologist will look at your cervix with a magnifying instrument to study the nature of the abnormality
  • Biopsy a tissue sample may need to be taken from your cervix and sent to a laboratory for further testing

Follow-up investigation will tell your Harley Street gynaecologist if the abnormality is going to turn into cervical cancer. You may need treatment to destroy the abnormal cells and decrease your cancer risk.

Please follow your gynaecologist’s advice on how often to have a pap smear regular testing is so important for catching any abnormalities early on before they develop into cancer.


Why is it harder to get pregnant with age?

After 35 years of age, a woman’s fertility drops drastically for a number of reasons:

  • Your ovarian reserve (eggs) declines as you get older, leaving you with fewer eggs of good quality
  • Approaching menopause can cause irregular periods and, in turn, irregular ovulation
  • A small percentage of women (1%) begin menopause early and stop ovulating before they turn 40 years old
  • Infections or other conditions may cause blocked fallopian tubes at any age, but this can be prevented with good sexual and general health
  • Endometriosis causes the fallopian tubes to thicken with scar tissue and worsens with age
  • Fibroids (non-cancerous tumours) are more common in women over 30 and can make it harder to get pregnant

Additionally, being overweight can interfere with your ability to conceive. Women with PCOS may increase their chances of a successful pregnancy by losing weight.

Sexual health

I've had unprotected sex and don’t want to get pregnant. What do I do?

Please call our gynae surgery as soon as possible for advice on emergency contraception. You may need to take the emergency contraceptive pill or be fitted with the copper coil.

How soon can I take a pregnancy test after sex?

You will need to wait at least three weeks for pregnancy to show on a urine test.

When can I be tested for sexually transmitted diseases?

It takes at least two weeks after sex for gonorrhoea and chlamydia to show up on a test. However, if you’re experiencing any symptoms sooner than this, please book a consultation with your gynaecologist on Harley Street right away. HIV can be tested for one month following sex, but you should then be tested again after 12 weeks for more accurate results.

Can sexually transmitted diseases be cured?

STDs are caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses. Antibiotics can be used to treat and cure a number of STDs, including:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Syphilis (treated with penicillin)
  • Trichomoniasis

STDs with no current cure include:

  • Some strains of HPV
  • Chronic hepatitis B & C
  • Genital herpes

Some STDs will naturally clear up on their own over time, namely, most strains of HPV, hepatitis A, and acute strains of hepatitis B & C.

It’s important to be tested for STDs to know what you’re dealing with and begin the appropriate treatment — or of course you may find there’s nothing to worry about at all.

If you would like to book a consultation at Gynae Clinic, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us today.

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