Focus on Women’s Health
This month’s update is focused on Women’s Health. Read on to find out more about September’s Pap Smear Clinic, a new Emergency Contraception option that is available by prescription and who you can book an appointment with for complex contraception issues.
Pap Smear Clinic – When did you last have a Pap Smear?
If you’re aged from 18-69 and have ever been sexually active, we strongly recommend you have a Pap Smear test every 2 years.
On Saturday 24 September we’re running a Pap Smear Clinic at our Robina Practice. Female doctor Dr Jamie Whyte will be in attendance. If it’s been longer than 2 years since your last pap test why not pop this date in your diary and contact Reception on 07 5578 9000 to make an appointment.
Single appointments, Pap test only at a cost of $75 with a Medicare rebate of $37.05 (paid into your account overnight). We confirm the appointment in the week prior to the clinic.
Bookings must be made by calling Reception as online appointments are not available for this booking.
Emergency Contraceptive – EllaOne
A new emergency contraceptive became available in Australia as of April 2016. Women now have access to the EllaOne pill by prescription. While it’s best taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex, it can work if taken up to five days afterwards. This single dose pill can delay ovulation and therefore prevent unwanted pregnancy.
EllaOne is more effective than the emergency contraceptive that is currently available over the counter, particularly in the first 24 hours after unprotected sex. No emergency contraception is 100% effective so using other birth control options should be your first method of preventing pregnancy.
If you have any questions about this pill please come in to talk to one of our doctors. Available by prescription only.
Contraception Options – Complex Cases
Dr Colinette Margerison recently attended the Women’s Health Summit for leaders in the field of contraception in Australia. She specialises in complex contraception cases but is also available for other women’s health consults.
If you are someone who has previously been told you cannot have a contraceptive or if you are looking for more information about contraceptives in general please come in and talk to Dr Colinette. She may be able to help find the best option for you.