Women’s health

Sign up to our Newsletter Click here

Healthy Life

Could you have an STD?

Practicing safe sex is your best defence against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). As some STDs don’t cause symptoms, the only way to confirm your status is to get tested. As

Gynaecology

HPV: get vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer – the second most prevalent cancer among women after breast cancer. A Mediclinic expert explains why vaccination is your best defence. The HPV virus

Gynaecology

5 ways to a healthy pregnancy

Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting and bewildering times of your life. These steps help ensure you – and your unborn baby – stay healthy. Go for

Gynaecology

WHAT IS A WELL WOMAN CHECK-UP?

“We as women are often busy with caring for others first and ourselves last,” explains Dr Oburota Onwuagbu, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Mediclinic Potchefstroom. She explains that gynaecological evaluations constitute

Healthy Life

6 Ways to boost your fertility – naturally [INFOGRAPHIC]

When you’re planning to get pregnant, these steps can help to prepare your body for conception.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
Pregnancy

Should I see a fertility specialist?​ [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’ve been trying to conceive for more than a year (or six months if you’re over age 35), it’s best to see a fertility specialist who can help determine why you’re having difficulty and offer possible treatment options.

Healthy Life

Why Vitamin D is essential to overall health [INFOGRAPHIC]

Responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate, Vitamin D plays a vital role in your overall health and is essential for bone density, building your immune system and regulating cell growth, among other key biologic functions.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
Healthy Life

Alcohol: how much is too much? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Excessive alcohol consumption can have devastating consequences, especially over the festive season. While moderate drinking isn’t a cause for concern in most adults, here we look at the many ways

Gynaecology

Your Pap smear: The facts [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Pap smear (cervical cytology test) is a relatively quick but essential exam for women. It’s used to test for cervical cancer on examination or to pick up pre-cancerous cells.

Healthy Life

Fertility treatment: understand your options

If you and your partner have been trying for a baby for a year or more – having regular intercourse without any form of birth control – you might need medical intervention to fall pregnant. Your first step is to see a fertility specialist

Healthy Life

Struggling to fall pregnant?

Fertility struggles are more common than you might think. And more options exist than you might realise. An expert explains exactly what your options are if you’re struggling to conceive.

LOAD MORE ARTICLES