How Accurate is biopsy sampling in Endometrial Cancer?

October 18, 2017no responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags: office endometrial biopsy accuracy

The current trend for diagnosis in post menopausal bleeding is some form of endometrial sampling by either aspiration biopsy in the rooms, hysteroscopically directed biopsies and a dilatation and curettage. Studies have shown that these procedures are extremely accurate in determining whether cancer is present. A recent study however suggests that the correlation between histological [&hellip…


Hormone Therapy: WHI study Follow up reveals no change in Mortality after 18-Year

October 3, 2017no responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags:

The WHI study changed the world for peri and post menopausal women and influenced the way a whole generation of us prescribed Hormone replacement therapy.

“When considering the health outcomes given by the original WHI trials a major point we often overlooked is that the trial was neither designed to determine the advantages and risks of HRT for proper management of menopausal symptoms. In comparison to this both the trials were intended to evaluate the advantages and risks of HRT to avoid the chronic diseases such as cancers and cardiovascular disease. However, when it became apparent that no improvement was seen in the cardiovascular results the trials were stopped.”


How to manage Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome?

March 26, 20173 responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags: interstitial cystitis causes, interstitial cystitis diagnosis, interstitial cystitis treatment

Abstract and Introduction Abstract Interstitial cystitis (IC) also called as bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is a chronic bladder health condition causing pain or discomfort in the bladder area in the non-appearance of infection and other identifiable causes. The precise etiology of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) is not known, which leads to complications in its [&hellip…


Potential Benefits of Diagnosis and Treatment on Health Outcomes Among Elderly People With Symptoms of Overactive Bladder

March 1, 2016no responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags: overactive bladder causes, overactive bladder symptoms, overactive bladder treatment

This study was conducted using an internet survey where a cross-section of the elderly population (45-65 and 65+) were identified as eligible and given questionnaires to self report. Comparisons were also made within the 65+ age group of patients, those who were diagnosed and treated compared to those undiagnosed and untreated. Overactive bladder (OAB) is [&hellip…


The Zika Virus summarised

February 15, 2016no responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags: zika fever, zika virus pregnancy, zika virus symptoms, zika virus treatment

The Zika virus is a Flavi-virus similar to the type of virus that causes Dengue Fever. It is spread by the Aedes aegypti  mosquito and is now thought to be prevalent in up to 30 countries around the world including of interest to New Zealanders, the Polynesian Islands. Although the link between Microcephaly and the [&hellip…


Milk may increase mortality and fractures in Women

November 5, 2015no responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags: Women

A recent study by Swedish researchers has found a higher mortality (both women and men) and a higher fracture risk in women with a high intake of milk. They do caution against any dietary recommendations based on their findings. (Read the full study here They analysed data on 2 large cohort studies (61433 women [&hellip…


Introducing ‘Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause’

November 5, 2015no responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags:

GSM is defined as a collection of symptoms and signs associated with a decrease in estrogen and other sex steroids involving changes to the labia majora/minora, clitoris, vestibule/introitus, vagina, urethra and bladder. The syndrome may include but is not limited to genital symptoms of dryness, burning, and irritation; sexual symptoms of lack of lubrication, discomfort [&hellip…


Uterine transplantation and Pregnancy

November 5, 2015one response, by: Women Health Center, Tags:

The possibility of uterine transplantation has been postulated for some time.  In 2002 the first successful uterine transplant was achieved. It has taken more than 10 years since then for the first successful delivery after uterine transplantation.[1] Last month, Prof Brännström and colleagues reported the case of a successful delivery of a healthy male newborn [&hellip…


Female Sexual dysfunction (FSD)

October 21, 2015no responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags: causes female sexual dysfunction, female sexual arousal disorder, female sexual dysfunction symptoms, female sexual dysfunction treatment, female viagra, sexual disorders

I have had increasing questions regarding the newly FDA approved female “viagra” (Flibanserin-Addyi) so thought it was timely to approach this topic. Female Sexual dysfunction has generally been avoided in the past probably because we had nothing in our armoury to help manage the problem. Recent studies have suggested that the incidence in premenopausal women [&hellip…


Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

October 13, 2015no responses, by: Women Health Center, Tags: diagnostic menopause, first symptoms of menopause, hormone replacement therapy nz, how to diagnose perimenopause, how to diagnose the menopause, menopause diagnosis, pre menopause symptoms, signs and symptoms of menopause, symptoms of perimenopause, what is hormone replacement therapy for menopause?

I am frequently asked about the Menopause and Hormone replacement therapy. I am going to do a series of articles tackling this topic from various angles. When the WHI study results first came out in about 2007, most of my patients stopped using HRT but within about 6 months the majority of them had returned [&hellip…



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