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Northland DHB Gynaecology

Public Service, Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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.

Referral Expectations

Your GP will need to complete some examinations and tests before you are referred to the clinic (except in emergency situations). All patients require a history to have been taken and examination, including pelvic (internal), performed.  If a smear test has not been performed recently and is due, this needs to have been completed by the GP prior to you being seen in the hospital.  Blood tests may also be required depending on which type of problem you have.

When a referral is received, a specialist will grade it to ensure that people with serious or life-threatening conditions are seen soon.  Sometimes, if there is not enough information to make this decision, the referral will be sent back to the GP with a request for more information.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Bladder Sling Procedures

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

  • Cervical Dysplasia

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

  • Cervical Smear

    Cervical Smear More

  • Colposcopy

    Colposcopy More

  • Endometrial Ablation

    The endometrium is the lining of your uterus (womb). Endometrial ablation is the surgical removal or destruction of this lining.… More

  • Endometriosis

    Endometriosis More

  • Fibroids

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

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) More

  • Hysterectomy

    Hysterectomy 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

  • Laparoscopy

    This is a procedure to view the inside of the abdomen (stomach) through a specially lit type of mini telescope (laparoscope) that is inserted through a small cut in the abdomen.… More

  • Menopause

    Menopause More

  • Menstruation

    Menstruation More

  • Oophorectomy

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

  • Ovarian Cysts

    Ovarian Cysts More

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) More

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) More

  • Urinary Incontinence

    Urinary Incontinence More

  • Uterine or Bladder Prolapse

    Uterine or Bladder Prolapse 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

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This page was last updated at 8:45AM on December 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Gynaecology.