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What is a well woman clinic?

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What is a well woman clinic?
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Many doctor practices offer a well woman clinic where you may be seen by a female doctor or a female nurse practitioner.

The well woman clinic will often provide advice on gynaecological problems, family planning (often including IUD fitting), cervical smears, breast disease and the menopause. They may also provide emergency contraception.

In addition you may be able to discuss your general health and have your urine, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure checked.

Some local hospitals also run well woman clinics, for which you don't need a referral from your doctor. An appointment may not always be necessary. Ring your doctor practice for information.

If neither your doctor nor local hospital runs a specific well woman clinic many nurse practitioners are able to give breast awareness advice, do cervical smears and provide a review of contraception and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

There are also private health organizations that run well woman clinics, carrying out extensive health checks for women for a fee. You can find details of these in your local phone book.

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