What to expect from your gynaecology appointment
Your first appointment in the clinic will be 20 minutes long. During your appointment the consultant will ask you a number of questions. This will include history of your current problem. For example how long it has been going on, what the symptoms are and when you believe it started. The consultant will also ask you about your past medical history and any current medication you are taking. He will also ask if there is any history of gynaecological problems in your family.
The consultant will then ask your permission to examine you. This may include:
- Abdominal/vaginal examination - to feel for any tender spots and lumps
- Pipelle biopsy – taking a sample from the lining of your womb using a very thin instrument.
- Ring pessary/shelf pessary – used to treat uterine or vaginal wall prolapse usually in women above the age of 65 years
- Vulval biopsy – taking a small piece of skin from your vulva under local anaesthetic
- Polypectomy – Removal of a small fleshy tissue protruding from your cervix
- Swabs – checking for vaginal infections
- Mirena fitted – Inserting a medicated coil into the womb for either contraception or to treat heavy periods
- Coil insertion – not medicated and used for contraception