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Women’s Wellness Screening

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Concerned whether you are in the pink of your health? Optimal health begins with screening and early detection. At PK Women’s Clinic, we offer a range of Lady Wellness Screening Packages, which includes health screenings specifically designed for women at various stages of life, from adolescence to menopause.

What is included in a women’s wellness health screening?

We provide the following female health screening services:

General gynaecological female health screening

Our doctor will conduct a physical exam and assess your overall health. This includes taking blood tests, urine tests, checking your weight and asking about your family and medical history. He will also answer any questions you have regarding women’s health and guide you through any changes or symptoms you may be experiencing.

Pap smear

A Pap smear screens for abnormal cells in the cervix and is the best screening tool for early detection of cervical cancer. It also detects other conditions and infections. It is recommended that women start getting a Pap smear every 3 years from the age of 21.

Pelvic examination

A pelvic exam involves the doctor inserting two lubricated and gloved fingers into your vagina, while gently pressing on your lower abdomen with the other hand. This is to examine your uterus, vulva, ovaries, cervix, rectum and pelvis for any abnormal growths. You may also need to do a pelvic ultrasound, which is a non-invasive diagnostic exam that can help detect unusual growths in the female pelvic organs and structures, such as ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids. Women with menstrual disorders, abnormal discharge or perimenopause are encouraged to go for annual checkups.

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening

If you are sexually active, it is important to get screened for STDs regularly as most STDs come with no symptoms. STD testing for women usually involves a finger prick test, urine test or by obtaining cells from the cervix. These tests screen for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

Breast ultrasound and mammogram

As we go through different stages of our menstrual cycle, we experience changes in breast sensitivity and texture. It is important to have a sense of breast awareness in order to detect any abnormal changes. Apart from doing regular breast self-examinations, we encourage women to go for breast diagnostic tests like mammograms every year to protect themselves and detect any cancerous lumps early.

We also offer a wide range of diagnostic and management options for women with the following menstrual disorders:

  • Irregular menses
  • Absent menstrual period
  • Painful menstrual period
  • Post-menopausal bleeding (vaginal bleeding after menopause)
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How often should I visit the gynaecologist for check ups?

How often you need gynaecological care depends on your age and health. In general, women between the ages 21-29 are encouraged to visit their gynae every year for regular screenings as well as in between should any issues arise. Women above 30 and not treated for any women’s health-related disease can see their gynae every other year, but please do not forget to go for your Pap smears, mammograms and pelvic exams. If you are sexually active under the age of 21, you should also make yearly gynaecological appointments a priority. Young women under the age of 21 and not sexually active can see a gynae every other year. The ideal age to start seeing a gynae is 15 or 16 or from when you start your first menses.

At what age are mammograms no longer necessary?

Women aged 40-44 should start getting mammograms every year; women aged 45-54 should get mammograms every year; and women aged 55 and older can get mammograms once every 2 years or continue yearly screenings. In general, mammogram screenings should continue as long as you are in good health and are expected to live 10 more years or longer. While mammogram screenings are not recommended for most women under 40, if you have a mother or sister with breast cancer or was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, you should begin screening earlier than the age at which they were diagnosed. 

Should you have other risk factors, you may be recommended to do a breast ultrasound or MRI scan along with your mammogram. 

Do you need a pelvic exam after age 65?

Yes, cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers women can get. Unfortunately, you can still get cervical cancer even if you are older than 65 years old. This is especially so for women with high risk, including those with a history of cervical lesions or cancer, women with a weaker immune system or women whose mothers took a hormone called diethylstilbestrol when pregnant.

We can help you decide on the appropriate treatment for your condition including any gynaecological surgery.

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