Here in Turloughmore Health Centre we provide a comprehensive Womens Health service.
We look after the following aspects of women's health:
- Cervical screening
- Breast check
- Sexual health
- Contraception and family planning (see separate page)
- Ante- & post-natal care
- Fertility issues
Free Smear Testing
Turloughmore Health Centre is registered with the National Cervical Screening Programme. If you are between the ages 25 - 44 years you are entitled to a smear once every three years.
If you are between 45 and 60 years, you are entitled to a smear every five years.
The ideal time to have a smear test is midcycle i.e. 10 days - 2 weeks after the first day of your last period (unless you no longer are having periods, in which case you can book anytime).
You must bring your letter of invitation from Cervical Check on the day of appointment. In order to get this invitation letter you must register with Cervical Check on line now (www.cervicalcheck.ie ). You will neeed your PRSI / PPS number to register.
Mammograms are provided by breastcheck (www.breastcheck.ie) for women aged between 50-64 years every 2 years.
We recommend that all women should be breast-aware and perform regular checks on themselves.
What changes should I be aware of?
A change in size or shape- if one breast becomes larger than the other
Changes in the nipple - in direction or shape, flattening or pulling appearance
Changes around the nipple - rash, crusting of surrounding skin
Changes in the skin – dimpling, puckering or redness
A lump of any size in your breast
Constant breast pain
Swelling in armpit or above collar bone
Confidential & discrete screening service
We provide a Full STI Screen including testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis
Ante- and Post-Natal Care
We provide full antenatal and postnatal care in conjunction with our local maternity hospitals.
Menopause and HRT Service
During the menopause the production of the female hormones, especially oestrogen, declines.
The average age of menopause is 51 years.
The menopause can cause a range of the following symptoms:
- Hot flushes and night sweats
- Fatigue/ tiredness
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary symptoms
- Emotional symptoms
All women can be assessed for menopausal symptoms on an individual basis and we will discuss the role of HRT & alternative medicines as treatments for potentially difficult symptoms.