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HPV: The facts

Here are some facts about human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that is transmitted sexually and by skin-to-skin contact.1 HPV can cause cancer in men and women, including cancers of the cervix, throat, anus, and penis. It is also the cause of genital warts.2 Some HPV types are responsible for warts, while others […]

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SA’s first locally certified Urogynaecologist

A young Capetonian gynaecologist is on course to become SA’s first locally certified Urogynaecologist, and it won’t come a moment too soon for her two mentors and others in the field who have battled for years to see this ‘unsexy’ discipline get the recognition it deserves. (more…)

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Tips for pregnancy travel

Pregnancy can be an invigorating time, but it comes with additional risks for expectant moms wanting to travel. “Being pregnant is a wonderful experience for most women and it should not be perceived as putting an absolute handbrake on travel. There are, however, certain precautions that they should observe to ensure their own safety and […]

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Hysteroscopic sterilisation safe and effective

In February the focus is on reproductive health. This refers to a person’s ability to have children and the freedom to decide when and how often to do so. A key aspect of good reproductive health is having access to safe and effective contraception. A new technique for female sterilisation makes this safe and effective […]

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CVD and hormone replacement therapy

Many women and their physicians are unaware that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the commonest cause of death in women. Anderson (2001) reported heart disease as the cause of death in 34% of women 65 years and older. Hypertension is one of the most important risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease. The prevalence of […]

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Mesh in vaginal pelvic floor surgery

Claire Smith, Editor of Medical Chronicle, recently interviewed Dr Etienne Henn, Head of Urogynaecology at Universitas Hospital, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. Here is what he has to say about the use of vaginal mesh in pelvic floor surgery. Vaginal mesh is used for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse. It has been used […]

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Private matters

Dr Trudy Smith, Gynaecological Oncologist from the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, recently spoke to Medical Chronicle about current medical issues that women face. Sexual function In terms of sexual function, a common occurrence is dry, painful sexual   intercourse in the menopause. “Women are not always forthcoming with this information, so practitioners need to ask […]

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Pelvic floor update

                      According to Prof JP Roovers, a respected urogynaecologist from The Netherlands, vaginal prolapse (of the uterus, bladder and bowel) as well as urinary incontinence are population diseases. “One out of three women has prolapse. Research has shown that only 25% of women experiencing prolapse […]

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