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Should you be screened for cervical cancer?

The cervix is a key component in menstruation and childbirth. Situated at the lower end of the uterus, it acts as a passageway to the vagina. And while changes in cervical cells over time are commonplace, some abnormalities can in fact be precursors to cancer.

Conditions

What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common infections affecting sexually active people worldwide. And South Africa is no different.

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Puberty: what to expect (infographic)

Puberty is when a child’s body changes and grows into a sexually mature or adult body. It starts when the brain sends signals to the ovaries in girls and the testicles in boys to start producing hormones.

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Group B strep and pregnancy

Found in 25% of healthy pregnant women, group B streptococcus – commonly known as group B strep (GBS) – is a bacterial infection that can spread to the baby during vaginal delivery. Mediclinic gynaecologists share some insights.

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‘I beat cervical cancer’

Women are constantly reminded to go for regular pap smears, but may feel uncomfortable going for their check-ups. Norma Kiego put hers off because the results always came back normal and she had only ever had one partner. Then one day she started bleeding heavily and fainted at work.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Antibiotics and treating UTIs in pregnancy

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a fairly common condition during pregnancy but, left untreated, can lead to complications. At the same time, not all antibiotics are safe during pregnancy. We look at treating UTIs in pregnancy.

Babies

Prenatal testing options for genetic abnormalities

Amniocentesis used to be the most common procedure to test for serious genetic birth defects, but nowadays there are other less invasive ways to test prenatally for genetic abnormalities.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Conditions

Uterine fibroids are very common

It’s estimated that 20-50% of women of reproductive age have uterine fibroids, which may range in size from as small as a pea to as big as a grapefruit. We look at the causes, symtoms and treatment of these mostly benign growths.

Conditions

Treatment options for pelvic-organ prolapse

When the bladder, bowel or uterus drops from its normal position in the abdomen and pushes against the walls of the vagina and down towards the vaginal opening, this is called ‘prolapse’.

Endocrinology

Fighting the ‘midlife fat attack’

One of the main health concerns for those over 40 is that hormonal changes will cause weight gain. A Mediclinic gynaecologist and obstetrician explains that while hormonal changes can indirectly cause weight gain, it’s not as simple as that.

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HPV vaccine pros and cons

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common infection that can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted sexually. A vaccine is available to prevent HPV infection. Here’s what you should know before getting the HPV vaccine.

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How fertility treatments have evolved

Fertility treatments have come a long way from folk and medicinal remedies in the 17th century to the first experimentation with artificial insemination in the mid-19th century. We look at the latest research.

Conditions

A journey with endometriosis

In 2014 Valencia Kippie, a 41-year-old mother from Cape Town, finally got the answer to a question she’d been asking doctors for more than 12 years: What’s wrong with me?

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Fertility myths and facts

Battling to conceive? We reveal the truth behind some commonly held beliefs about fertility.

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Pregnancy and medication

Carrying another life means you need to be careful of what you’re ingesting, especially when it comes to medication. Dr Leneque Lindeque, an obstetrics and gynaecologist at Mediclinic Highveld in Mpumalanga, talks us through what’s safe to take during pregnancy and what you should avoid.

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