Gynaecological problems or concerns are the most common reasons why women visit their doctor. You may not necessarily be unwell, as prevention of health problems is always better than cure.
An example of a typical consultation involves performing a simple test called a Pap smear (recommended every 2 years for all women who have ever been sexually active) to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer.
Prevention of health problems like cervical cancer has improved the quality and longevity of women’s lives in Australia and throughout the world.
Education about other health issues and prevention of sexual / reproductive health problems is also very important, eg early detection of breast cancer, identifying vaginal infections or discharges, diagnosing and treating vaginal bleeding problems, providing contraceptive or fertility advice and improving the general health of women.