Women's Health Centre
Our highly qualified general practitioners can meet all your needs in a confidential, empathic way, from teenage years, through menopause and beyond.
We offer a number of contraception options, including a general assessment to determine suitability and counselling around choices and options for each individual.
Implanon is a progesterone only form of contraception that lasts for three years. It is able to be inserted in the surgery, please see one of our GPs for more information.
Mirena or copper IUD (Intrauterine Device)
Dr Hoffman is certified in the insertion of Mirena and Copper IUDs.
Mirena is a soft, flexible IUD that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It provides birth control that lasts for up to five years.
An IUD can be inserted at the Clinic, in women who have or have not had children.
A Copper IUD provides a hormone free long term contraception option.
Cervical Screening Test (CSTs) – formerly called PAP Smears
CSTs are regular screening tests for women to detect cervical cancer. The guidelines have changed and as such, if you have never had a CST or it has been a while since your last pap smear or CST, see one of our GPs for information and make sure you are up to date. New guidelines are up to five years between tests.
Breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer in women, with 1 in 12 women experiencing it within their lifetime. Women need to be comfortable in self-checking and also be comfortable seeking assessment from their GP if there are any concerns. It is important that any changes to the breast be examined and investigated by your doctor to check for cancer and rule out other causes.
Sexual health is an important part of everyone's lifestyle. We offer general sexual health check-ups, sexual health counselling as well as screening for STI's (sexually transmitted infections). See your GP to make sure you are up to date with regular screening guidelines, or if there are any symptoms or concerns that need investigation.
If your periods change, or are troublesome (heavy bleeding, cramping, irregular / prolonged or frequent bleeding) it is important to see your GP to determine if there is a medical cause or medical solution to your symptoms.
If you have been trying to conceive for more than 12 months of (or more than six months if you are aged over 35), or if you are planning a pregnancy and want some advice and support, a GP is the best place to start to provide counselling and assessment on your pregnancy journey.
Shared Ante Natal Care during your pregnancy
Our GPs have undergone the necessary training and are accredited by Sutherland Hospital and St. George Hospital to provide shared ante natal care.
After Pregnancy (Post Natal) Care
Childbirth and early pregnancy is very demanding on a mother and on a family. It is important to see your GP after pregnancy to assess for childbirth trauma, breast feeding concerns and mental health / wellbeing.
Menopause is an event that every woman will experience at some point, and marks the end of her reproductive life. It can lead to physical symptoms such as hot flushes, dry vagina, headaches, mood swings, aches and pains, disturbed sleep, and many others. It can be managed - please see one of our GPs for a discussion.
Dr Hoffman offers medical termination of pregnancy for suitable patients.
Medical termination refers to the process of initiating a miscarriage using a combination of drugs. These drugs replicate hormonal changes similar to those experienced in a natural miscarriage to terminate a pregnancy, without surgical intervention. It is not suitable for all patients, so an initial assessment appointment is needed to arrange investigations and determine suitability. It is only suitable for patients prior to 9 weeks of pregnancy.
STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
We have a several psychologists – Luke Ireland and Allison Scott who work together with our GPs to provide a team approach to your mental health issues. All our GPs have undergone mental health training and are able to develop Mental Health Care Plans to ensure maximal Medicare funding is available for your counselling consultations.