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Southern Women's Health

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8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.


Southern Women's Health is a comprehensive women's healthcare facility, providing gynaecological and endocrine services. We engage in an active research programme in all areas of women's health.

Professional Staff
Dr Anna Fenton Gynaecological Endocrinologist
Dr Janet Whineray Obstetrician & Gynaecologist


What is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is the science of hormones. Hormones are chemicals produced by one part of the body and act upon another part. 

Your endocrinologist is a specialist doctor interested in diseases that affect your hormones. The major areas endocrinologists work in are:
  • diabetes
  • osteoporosis & Paget’s disease
  • thyroid diseases
  • sex hormone imbalances
  • disorders of growth and development
  • disorders of the pituitary gland. 

Many endocrinologists sub-specialise in particular areas.  For instance, as a gynaecological endocrinologist, Dr Fenton works primarily in the area of women's health, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

What is Gynaecology?
Gynaecology is the area of medicine that deals with health issues and conditions that are specific to women. This generally includes the female reproductive organs and genitalia. The reproductive organs consist of the ovaries that release an egg every month, the fallopian tubes that lead from the ovaries, the uterus (womb), which is where a baby will grow if the egg is fertilised during sexual intercourse, the cervix (opening of the uterus) and the vagina.



8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Referral Expectations

You will be referred by your General Practitioner (GP) to an endocrinologist if you have a problem with any part of your endocrine system (the system that makes hormones).  
You may be asked to undergo some tests or fill in a questionnaire before seeing the specialist to help with the diagnosis. 
You may have ongoing follow-up with the specialist or have your treatment carried out by your GP with advice from the specialist.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that can cause you to have a variety of symptoms, including no periods or irregular periods, increased hair growth on the face and body, acne (pimples) and increased bodyweight.… More

  • Late Onset Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

    Late onset CAH is a male hormone imbalance that occurs because of inherited genes altering the way the adrenal glands function.  It may present like PCOS but requires special tests to confirm the diagnosis.… More

  • Menopause

    Menopause is also called the “change of life” and is the time when your periods will become irregular and stop.… More

  • Premature or Early Menopause

    Premature menopause is said to have occurred if your periods stop before the age of 40 years.  This can occur naturally or as a result of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery.  An early menopause may be associated with more severe symptoms and with higher risks of fracture and heart problems. More

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

    Many women experience feelings of tension, anger, fatigue and depression just before and during the first days of their menstrual period.… More

  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones. Osteoporosis is not painful but it makes your bones more prone to breaking (fracture).  Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis and as you get older you are more likely to have it.… More

  • Pituitary Gland

    The pituitary gland is in your brain.  It controls most of the endocrine (hormone) system in your body.  When disorders occur in this gland a variety of problems can appear.  If your doctor thinks you have problems in this area they will refer you to a specialist endocrinologist.… More

  • Paget's Disease

    Paget's disease is a common disorder of bones that occurs mainly in people over the age of 40 years.… More

  • Menstrual Problems

    Menstruation is the medical name for your monthly period. This is when blood and tissue from the lining of the uterus (womb) is shed through the vagina and out of the body.… More

  • Uterine Fibroids

    Fibroids are noncancerous growths or tumours on the muscular part of the uterus (womb); sometimes they are also called myomas.… More

  • Ovarian Cysts

    An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac or pouch in the ovary.… More

  • Gynaecological Cancer

    Gynaecological cancer refers to cancer anywhere in a woman’s reproductive system or genital area.… More

  • Cervical Dysplasia

    Cervical dysplasia is the growth of abnormal cells around the cervix (entrance to the uterus).… More

  • Vaginal Infections

    The most common vaginal infections are yeast infections (also called candidiasis or thrush), trichomoniasis, or bacterial infections (also called bacterial vaginosis).… More

  • Urinary Incontinence

    A person with urinary incontinence is unable to control the release of urine from their bladder.… More

  • Endometriosis

    The endometrium is the name of the tissue that lines your uterus (womb).… More

  • Uterine or Bladder Prolapse

    If the uterus (womb) or bladder slips out of position, this is referred to as a prolapse.… More

  • Pap or Cervical Smear

    A Pap smear is a test to check for signs of cancer on the cervix (entrance to the uterus).… More

  • Colposcopy

    A colposcopy is a detailed examination of the cervix (entrance to the uterus) with a specially lit microscope (colposcope).… More

  • Bladder Sling Procedures

    Sling procedures are common surgical operations to stop stress incontinence.… More

  • Hysterectomy

    A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus (womb).… More

  • Oophorectomy

    An oophorectomy is an operation to remove one or both ovaries.… More

  • Hysteroscopy and Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

    This is an operation where the cervix (entrance to the uterus) is dilated and a hysteroscope (small lighted mini telescope) is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix so the specialist can see the inside of the uterus.… More

Travel Directions

21 Caledonian Rd is approximately 100m from the intersection of Caledonian Rd and Bealey Ave.


Parking is available on site either in the carpark attached to the specialist centre or in the surrounding area.

Contact Details

  • Phone

    (03) 366 1925

  • Fax

    (03) 366 1926

  • Healthlink EDI


21 Caledonian Road
Christchurch 8014

(We are on level 2)

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Street Address

21 Caledonian Road
Christchurch 8014

(We are on level 2)

Postal Address

PO Box 21236
Christchurch 8143

This page was last updated at 8:40AM on November 1, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern Women's Health.