Mr Braithwaite recommends that women have an annual check-up to prevent them developing illnesses such as cervical cancer or ovarian cancer. An annual check-up will typically consist of:
- A consultation during which you would discuss your medical history and any worries or concerns.
- A blood pressure check.
- A cervical smear test to check for cervical cancer. He recommends this is done each year.
- A transvaginal scan. This scan is painless and is very important as it allows him to see the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. He is able to check that everything appears normal and to check for ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer, polyps and endometriosis. Mr Braithwaite is one of the few gynaecologists to do this. Often you would need to make an appointment to see a consultant Radiologist to do this scan.
- It can also include other tests such as swabs and blood tests. This could be to check for sexually transmitted diseases, a cancer marker test (CA125), cholesterol, haemoglobin, hormone levels, liver function and thyroid profile, amongst others. These can be done during the consultation if you wish.
- We can also take a urine test and check for chlamydia, thrush and other sexually transmitted diseases if needed.
- £ 200
- Transvaginal Scan
- £ 150
- Smear Test
- £ 70
- £ 50
- Well Woman Bloods
- £ 150
Many patients wish to discuss their contraception and check that they are using the best method for them. Mr Braithwaite can advise on this and prescribe the chosen method. He is a great supporter of the Mirena coil and can insert one of these during the check-up if this is deemed to be the best way forward.
Mr Braithwaite recommends that all women over the age of 40 have a mammogram every 18 months. Women aged between 30 and 40 should consider having a breast ultrasound scan, particularly if they have a family history of breast cancer, in which case screening should take place annually. We follow the advice of Dr Nick Perry, who runs the Breast Institute at the Princess Grace Hospital, where we arrange for our patients to have a breast ultrasound scan or mammogram. Mr Braithwaite considers this to be an essential part of a check-up for a woman.