Gynaecology

Peri-operative implications for use of complementary and alternative medicines
8th Dec

2014

There is enormous public enthusiasm for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with studies reporting 70-85% of the population regularly using CAM therapy.  Women are the biggest users of CAM with many citing that they want a more natural treatment ...

How accurately can surgeons predict operating times?
1st Dec

2014

Unfortunately, operating times are one of the components of surgical planning that cannot be estimated with a great degree of precision.  A previous European research study observing 1000 common gynaecological procedures revealed that although most ...

The Cervix
24th Nov

2014

The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus but is very much a part of the uterus itself.  Its name comes from the Latin ‘collum’ meaning neck.  This part of the uterus is truly amazing since during pregnancy it holds in the baby for 9 months ...

Menopause
17th Nov

2014

Menopause is defined as the time when the ovaries have stopped working.  This is actually not as easy as it would seem and is a diagnosis that is made in retrospect, since it is considered as one year after a woman’s last period.  The ovaries do not ...

Chronic pelvic pain: could the muscles be to blame??
27th Oct

2014

Four to fifteen out of a hundred women between the ages of 18 and 55 are affected by chronic pelvic pain.  This is when internal pain occurs below the belly button for at least six months, though for many women the pain has been there for a lot longer.  ...

A new tool to remove fibroids from inside the uterus
13th Oct

2014

Have you experienced changes in the regularity, frequency, heaviness or duration of your menstrual bleeding?  If you have been concerned about it in the past, you are one of the many women who have experienced abnormal uterine bleeding (called AUB).  ...

Creating a vagina without surgery for women with congenital anomalies
7th Oct

2014

Did you know that for every 4500-5000 female births, 1 baby girl is born with an underdeveloped uterus and vagina?  This is a syndrome called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome or MRKH and is more common than you may think. These women have the ...

What about the surgeon? The ergonomics of laparoscopic surgery
15th Sep

2014

Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery has revolutionised patient surgical care with faster healing times and improved cosmetic results, however the physical demands that are placed upon the surgeon are frequently overlooked.  In other workplaces extensive ...

Morcellation & Gynaecological Surgery
15th Sep

2014

During some gynaecological procedures, the tissues or organs that are due to be removed are very large.  Tissue or organ removal can be done via the vagina (like delivery of a baby), through a large incision in the abdomen (called a laparotomy) or ...

Sexual Penetration Disorders: Vaginismus and Vestibulodynia
27th Aug

2014

Difficulty with achieving comfortable sexual penetration in women is an underreported and distressing experience, which may result from a number of conditions including vaginismus and vestibulodynia. Vaginismus is the persistent or recurrent difficulty of ...