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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

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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?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • 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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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.

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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?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #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
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
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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.

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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

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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.

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