“Women’s health” issues addressed at Fremantle Women’s Health Centre

What to see our Doctors and Nurses about

We are often asked what it means to be a “Women’s Health” Centre. We specialise in what is known as “Women’s Health” issues. If you would like to know more about what a GP does and why we encourage you to find the right GP for you and visit them for other health issues, read more here. We encourage you to visit our Centre if you think you need advice or help in any of the following issues or concerns:

Chronic disease, prevention and health promotion – Our Centre offers an extensive annual health check which takes into account your individual lifestyle choices, body mass index, blood pressure and urinalysis.  Our Nurses and Doctors provide advice, education and information relating to your health and well-being as well as offering a range of appropriate resources to take away for future reference.

Ovarian Problems – Concerns regarding ovarian cancer risk, ovarian pain, ovarian cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome can be discussed with our Doctors.

Sexual function – A woman’s sexual desire naturally fluctuates over the years. Highs and lows commonly coincide with the beginning or end of a relationship or with major life changes, such as pregnancy, menopause or illness.  Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem that prevents a person from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity.

Relationships and intimacy – Intimacy is defined as a close, familiar and unique bond existing between humans, both physically and emotionally. Fear of intimacy and difficulty with deeply close emotional relationships affects many people. Our Counsellors are available for appointments.

Sexual abuse, assault and Family Domestic Violence (FDV) – There are numerous services and support groups available for victims of sexual abuse, assault and/or family & domestic violence. Our Centre offers confidential counselling services, medical examinations, STI screening, emergency contraception and can assist you with gathering evidence if you decide to report to the police. Your safety, wellbeing and confidentiality are important to us.

Unplanned pregnancy management – a comprehensive consultation is provided to allow our clients to consider all possible options and outcomes of an unplanned pregnancy.  Our Centre understands the implications unplanned pregnancy can cause and our team is here to assist and support your decision to continue with the pregnancy or not. Our Doctors and Nurses are compassionate and understanding with extensive knowledge on the differences between surgical and medical terminations, as well as providing and recommending support during this time. Our Centre is able to provide medical terminations (also known as abortions).

Fertility management – Infertility can be defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse without contraception. With a significant decline in fertility after the age of 28 years, many people are experiencing difficulty becoming pregnant and are left feeling frustrated and emotional. Unfortunately, sometimes infertility cannot be explained or corrected, however, our Doctors are here to assist and investigate potential causes as well as discuss available treatment options and effective lifestyle changes to help improve your chances of conceiving. (For more information: https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Fertility_and_pregnancy.pdf)

Mental Health issues – It is normal to experience feelings of confusion, anger, sadness and anxiety but it is important to acknowledge and seek help when these feelings are affecting your everyday living.  We understand the complications and concerns in seeking help, however our Centre is here to assist you in your journey to recovery and can provide medical and emotional support along the way. Depending on the nature of your concerns our Doctors can conduct health assessments and interventions, as well as refer you to mental health professionals such as psychiatrists and psychologists for further examination if required. With onsite, low-cost counselling services available, our Centre is here to assist with your mental health needs.

Vaginal, vulval and cervical problems – Our Doctors and Nurses provide a range of services and treatment options for the management and relief of vaginal, vulval and cervical problems. If you are suffering any concerning symptoms such as vaginal discharge, abnormal bleeding such as bleeding in between periods, bleeding after menopause or bleeding after sex, pain or odour it is wise to seek professional advice and management.

STIs – Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) are passed during unprotected sexual contact with an infected partner;  STI’s are contracted via vaginal, anal and oral contact.  We not only provide onsite walk-in STI checks, treatment options and counselling services, but our Doctors and Nurses can also offer effective preventative options to reduce your chance of contracting STI’s.

Bone health –Bones not only support, protect and provide mobility but they play an important role in storing and releasing minerals when our body requires them. Our Centre provides initial assessment, treatment options and referrals for women at risk of osteoporosis or as well as providing information and resources on how subtle lifestyle changes can improve your bone health.

UTIs – Most women experience urinary tract infections (UTI’s) at some point in their lifetime which can be extremely painful and affect day to day living. Untreated UTI’s can cause further infections throughout the urinary tract and in some cases, UTI’s can often be a sign/symptom of other health complications. We provide testing and treatment for UTI’s and have extensive resources available to help you reduce the chances of developing UTI’s in the future.

Menstrual irregularities – Although most menstrual cycles averages on a 28 day cycle it is not abnormal for some individuals to experiences cycles that range from 21-40 days, with periods ranging anywhere from 2 to 7 days. Blood loss during menstruation varies from light to heavy but it is important to understand what is ‘normal’ for you. If you are experiencing irregular periods, have an absence of menstruation or unexplained alterations in your cycle it is important to discuss these changes with a doctor to rule out any further complications. At our Centre, we can provide comprehensive assessments, medical and lifestyle interventions.

Cervical cancer screening – Did you know the Australian government replaced the recommended bi-yearly Pap Smears with a five yearly cervical screening test starting from 25 years of age.  The original pap smear was used to detect abnormal cells that have the potential to cause cervical cancer where the new cervical screening assessment tests for the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is the predominant cause of abnormal cell changes. Early detection and management of HPV means we are able to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.  At our Centre, we provide various resources and information with our Nurses and Doctors offering confidential, onsite cervical screening for all individuals with a cervix.

Breast health awareness – Our breasts and nipples change throughout our lifetime and it is important to know what is ‘normal’ to us, so we can easily detect any abnormal changes that can potentially lead to cancer. With breast cancer a predominate cause in death among Australians woman, Fremantle Women’s Health Centre actively promotes breast awareness by educating woman how to effectively conduct monthly self-examinations. As well as providing information and effective resources, our onsite Doctors are able to perform initial assessments and provide specialist referrals if any abnormalities are detected. The Australian government issue bi-yearly invitations for free mammograms with BreastScreenWA to woman aged 50-74 – however, women can obtain a mammogram free of charge from the age of 40 years. Remember you’re never too young or old to be breast aware.

Pelvic pain and discomfort – Your pelvic region is home to your bowel, bladder, ovaries, uterus and more, so it is important to know the difference between what is normal pain/discomfort and what is not. Assessing where the pain is coming from can be difficult and therefore a thorough investigation by a Doctor to determine the cause of your pelvic pain is recommended.  If you have any unusual or persistent pelvic pain, we encourage you to come and speak to one of our Doctors for early assessment.

Sexuality and sexual health identity – Understanding yourself is a lifelong practice and our Centre believes everyone has the right to express their sexuality and identity free of judgement. It is normal for individuals to question their sexuality and it is our mission to provide a safe and secure environment where you can be yourself, ask questions and learn how to express yourself. Our Centre offers a range of services including counselling, hormonal replacement therapies, STI screenings and specialist referrals where needed.

Contraception – Our Centre provides information and prescriptions for a range of contraceptive methods including: free male condoms, the contraceptive pill, injectable hormonal contraceptive (Depo Provera), Contraceptive implants (Implanon), Intra-uterine devices (IUD) – (copper and synthetic progesterone), Diaphragms, Vaginal rings and fertility awareness. Our Doctors and Nurses also provide extensive information and resources regarding the effectiveness and level of protection each method offers.

Pregnancy and follow-up – Confirmation and ongoing assessments during pregnancy are essential to ensure the health and safety of you and your pregnancy. Our Doctors and Nurses are here to assist you with a range of antenatal checks and tests throughout your pregnancy and offer shared care for those preferring a referral to a Public Hospital.  For more information on delivery and maternity care options, we have provided the following link for further information: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Healthy-living/Having-a-baby

If you are trying to get pregnant or having trouble conceiving, we also offer a range of pre-conception services to assist both you and your partner during this time.

Menopause management – The transition into menopause can be overwhelming and confronting to many women but it is important to remember you are not alone.  Our Centre provides  support and treatment for menopause including hormone replacement therapy, dietary and lifestyle evaluations as well as counselling services for those struggling with the transition.

Continence and prolapse – Our Centre provides a thorough assessment, advice and resources for those concerned and or experiencing uterine, bladder or rectal prolapse. From the initial assessment, your doctor may provide a referral to a physiotherapist for further assessment as well as offering a range of exercises and lifestyle modifications to help improve the condition and strength of your pelvic floor.

 

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