Gynaecology is a branch of medicine that specialises in the female genital tract – pelvis, ovaries, tubes, uterus (womb), cervix (neck of the womb), vagina and vulva.
You will be seen in general gynaecology outpatients if you are suffering from:
- Abnormal bleeding – heavy periods, bleeding in between periods
- Pelvic pain – chronic pelvic or lower abdominal pain or painful periods
- Pain during sex
- Ovarian cyst seen on ultrasound scan
- Large uterine fibroids
- Recurrent Bartholins cyst / abscess
- Severe pre-menstrual syndrome
- Menopause problems
During your outpatient appointment you will be seen by a consultant or registrar. A healthcare assistant will be present during your consultation. It is common to require a vaginal examination with a speculum to look at your cervix (like when you have a smear) and also with 2 fingers to assess for pelvic pain and the size of your womb. You may have your abdomen examined at the same time. If you are happy, a medical student may also be present during your consultation and examination.
Most women attending gynaecology clinic will have already had a pelvic ultrasound scan performed. If you are attending for pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding, please can you ask your GP to arrange a pelvic ultrasound scan prior to your outpatient appointment.