Women’s health

This is a specialist area of healthcare which requires a particular focus. Women experience many of the same medical conditions as men although they can affect women in a different way, for example, heart disease. This exhibits different symptoms in women compared to men.

And then there are also issues which are specific to women only such as menstruation, pregnancy and the menopause.

We have a specialist clinic at Harley Street which deals with women specific conditions only. It provides a professional, first rate service which is tailored to the patient’s needs and in relaxed surroundings. The clinic contains the most up to date facilities, equipment and expertise needed to deliver world class care.

It contains a multi-disciplinary team of consultants, gynaecologists, radiologists, specialist nurses, oncologists and other healthcare professionals who are highly experienced and qualified in their particular area of study. All of which is delivered in a friendly, welcoming manner.

Examples of female-specific health issues

Here are a few examples of the most common female-specific health issues:

  • Breast cancer/cervical cancer/ovarian cancer
  • Cystitis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Post-natal depression
  • Pre-menstrual tension (PMT)
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Pregnancy

Treatment for female-specific health issues

Treatment depends on the type of health issue.

Take as an example, breast cancer: this is treated with a range of methods that includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medication.

The process starts with a comprehensive discussion between the patient and the consultant followed by an examination. Tests will be scheduled to aid with the diagnosis. These include blood tests, scans, e.g. CT/MRI and a biopsy. There are different types of biopsy, for example a needle (core) biopsy or a complete excision biopsy.

Another diagnostic technique is fine needle aspiration. This is where a small sample of cells is removed from a breast lump using ultrasound to check for signs of cancer.

If cancer is detected the next stage is removal of the cancerous growth followed by chemotherapy. In some cases, a section of or the entire breast has to be removed.

A lump can be removed in a procedure called a lumpectomy. Full removal of the breast is known as a mastectomy. If a mastectomy is performed the patient is also offered reconstructive surgery as well. This is where the surgeon constructs a new breast which is similar to the remaining natural breast.

Advice and support is provided at each stage of the treatment. Our dedicated nurses provide information and guidance before and after treatment.

Preventative services are also provided in the form of breast screening, e.g. mammography, advice about self-examination and the effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in regard to the breasts.

Other female specific conditions are treated with HRT, antibiotics, counselling, therapy, e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy and lifestyle changes.