A Gynaecologist is a doctor who specialises in the health of the female reproductive system. They work to diagnose and treat problems surrounding fertility, sexual health, and the menopause, and conditions such as cancer of the reproductive tract, polycystic ovary syndrome, fibroids and pelvic inflammatory diseases. When you are referred to a gynaecologist they will take a history of the problems you are having. They may ask you about your family medical history and perform a physical examination. Gynaecologists may prescribe medications and undertake minor or major surgeries as part of treatment.
You might be referred to see a gynaecologist if you are suffering from symptoms such as heavy or painful periods, bleeding or discomfort when you urinate or unusual pain in the reproductive area. You should also see a gynaecologist when you are pregnant or having difficulty conceiving. They can also discuss issues surrounding your sexual health. If you have previously been diagnosed with a long-term condition such as cervical cancer or endometriosis regular appointments may be necessary to help treat and manage your symptoms.