Women’s Health

Women’s Warrant of Fitness

We want to help you keep healthy throughout your life and recommend a proactive approach to health, rather than only reacting to ill-health once it arises. A Te Atatu Health women’s WoF is made up of 20 minutes with one of our nurses and around 30 minutes with your doctor. It includes an ECG, blood pressure check and a full physical. Your doctor will want to discuss any current health issues, symptoms or concerns you may have. We will make a specific enquiry into stress, mental health and lifestyle. We will review any past medical problems and family medical history. Blood tests may be recommended and in some cases, we may suggest further tests.

We recommend 1 WoF before 30 years, every 5 years in your 30s and 40s, every 2 years in your 50’s, then every year over the age of 60. In some circumstances, we may request to see you more regularly about certain things which we identify.

To get the most of the consultation it is important to fill in our Health Check Questionnaire prior to the visit and bring it along with you.

Sexual Health

Contraception, sexual infections, cervical smears, breast health and pregnancy are all intertwined and their level importance changes throughout our lifetime. They are interrelated and affect each other. It is important to protect and maintain your sexual health throughout your lifetime.

Contraception

There are many different types of contraception available in New Zealand, including:

Sexually transmissible infections (STI’s)

STI’s are infections that you can get if you have unprotected sex with someone. Not all STI’s have symptoms and the best way to protect yourself and your partner is by using condoms.

To find out more about sexual health issues, Family Planning has good advice on their website.

Cervical smears

Regular pelvic exams with cervical smear tests are recommended every one to three years for women who are sexually active from age 20 to age 69 (or older if history of cervical cancer).

For more information about cervical smear tests click on the link to the National Screening Unit

A cervical smear test can be performed by one of our nurses or doctors on request.

If you prefer a doctor, please request a double appointment when you book.

Pregnancy

Doctors at Te Atatu Health provide an Early Pregnancy service but we do not provide LMC (Lead Maternity Carer – the one who delivers your baby) services. We are able to diagnose pregnancy, give advice and provide prenatal, early pregnancy and post-natal care.
Our nurses are highly skilled and happy to provide some phone advice to our patients when appropriate. Information packs for pregnancy are available and we can help with referral to midwives or obstetricians.

We are happy to provide care for new babies including all childhood vaccinations, WellChild checks and Helpful advice about health during pregnancy.

Breast Health

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand women and the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age.

Concerns or queries? Contact us.

“Finding a doctor that is right for you can sometimes be a daunting task. Women’s health needs vary greatly through the different stages of our lives, and finding a doctor to walk that journey with you over time can be very valuable. Look for an an equal partnership with your GP, based on mutual trust, respect and openness.”