A woman may visit a gynaecologist at various different points in her life, including for contraceptive advice, pre- and post-pregnancy care, for support with the menopause and for diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions affecting the reproductive organs, including benign cervical polyps and cervical cancer. A gynaecologist can help to keep a woman’s reproductive system functioning correctly for her age and diagnose and treat disease.
What is gynaecology?
Gynaecology is the branch of medicine that focuses on conditions affecting the female genitals and reproductive system. Complaints may range from menstrual problems to uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and cervical polyps. A consultant gynaecologist can arrange specialist scans to determine what is causing your symptoms and provide advice on contraception and disorders of early pregnancy. A cosmetic gynaecologist focuses on aesthetic issues of the female genitals which can cause some women distress and embarrassment.
Private gynaecology at Harley Street Specialist Hospital
Harley Street Specialist Hospital brings together a leading team of world class gynaecologists who provide diagnosis, treatment and specialist advice on female reproduction and gynaecological problems. Among the private treatments we offer are: cervical screening and assessment/correction of irregularities; colposcopy; contraception; cervical cancer vaccination; hysteroscopy and other minimally-invasive surgical procedures to repair the vaginal wall. All of our consultants are highly trained and offer a discreet, compassionate and caring service in comfortable surroundings on London’s renowned Harley Street.
Our gynaecologists can help patients with:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding – heavy periods may be linked to problems like endometriosis or fibroids although there may be no underlying reason. Diagnosis offers peace of mind and, in some cases, treatment.
- Menopausal bleeding – sometimes women who have gone through the menopause (no period for more than a year) may experience postmenopausal bleeding. It’s not normally serious but can be a sign of cancer so needs investigation.
- Menopause and HRT – HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is treatment to relieve menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness.
- Menstrual irregularities – irregular periods are normal for some women, but it can be helpful to get them investigated, particularly if they are linked to problems conceiving.
- Polycystic ovaries – also called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the condition affects the normal functioning of the ovaries and can cause symptoms like excess hair growth, irregular periods and problems conceiving.
- Cervical polyps – growths in the cervical canal, which can range in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres and can cause bleeding. Most are benign and easily removed.
- Premature ovarian failure – this is when the ovaries stop functioning normally in women under the age of 40 and is often linked to infertility. It is treated using oestrogen.
- Premenstrual syndrome – in the weeks before a woman’s period she may experience PMS, the symptoms of which include mood swings, stomach pain and breast tenderness. In some women, symptoms may interfere with everyday life.
- Routine gynaecological check-up – this helps women to have peace of mind knowing that everything is functioning normally and if there are any problems, it can pick them up in the early stages.
- Sexual health – a sexual health check can ensure that you are not carrying a sexually transmitted infection which could be passed on to your partner. Not every STI produces symptoms so it’s a good idea to get check even if you feel well, particularly if you have a new sexual partner.
- Uterine fibroids – these are non-cancerous growths that mainly affect women of childbearing age. They may range in size from very small to bulky masses that enlarge the uterus so much it reaches the rib cage.
- Vaginal rejuvenation – this the name given to a range of cosmetic procedures including labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. For some women the appearance of their sexual organs may cause distress or embarrassment and these procedures offer an effective solution.
Why choose Harley Street Specialist Hospital for private gynaecology?
At Harley Street Specialist Hospital, you can expect:
- Our team of expert gynaecologists to offer rapid assessment and the latest treatments in comfortable central London surroundings, as well as video consultations from the comfort of your own home.
- Holistic care where you are an equal partner in the creation of your individualised treatment plan.
- State of the art diagnostic imaging – you don’t need to go elsewhere as we have in house X-ray, ultrasound and image intensifiers.
- Day-case and outpatient investigations and surgical procedures in a modern clinical setting.
- No waiting lists and your treatment can take place at a convenient time for you.
We welcome patients with private medical insurance or those wishing to pay for their own treatment.