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Women's Health

Contraception

 

We offer comprehensive family planning including confidential advice on all the different forms of contraception. We insert intrauterine devices (coils) and the "Implant" contraceptive device.

We can offer advice on period problems, the menopause and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Cervical Check

We are registered with "CervicalCheck" to provide free smear tests to screen for cervical cancer.

We can provide vaccinations to prevent against Cervical Cancer and these are provided at cost price.

You can read more about the National Cervical Screening Programme on www.cervicalcheck.ie

Mammograms

If you are worried you may have a breast lump, need advice on how to examine for lumps or need information about getting a mammogram test done; please do make an appointment with the doctor or nurse.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

We can test for sexually transmitted diseases including Chlamydia, HIV and Gonnorhoea. This can usually be done by means of a blood test, urine sample or swab.

 

Maternity Care Services

pregnancyEvery woman who is pregnant and ordinarily resident in Ireland is entitled to maternity care under the Maternity and Infant Scheme. Ordinarily resident means you are living here, or you intend to remain living here for at least one year. Ireland provides very high quality Maternity care, to both mothers and infants

Preparing For Pregnancy

If you are hoping to become pregnant there are a few things you can and should do to improve your general health and so help your pregnancy to progress smoothly. Most pregnancies are not planned, however, and still progress normally, resulting in a healthy mother and baby.

Rollercoaster.ie has a very useful article on pre-conception health

Stages of pregnancy

The first trimester (weeks 0-13):

  • The baby's development is greatest during this stage. By the end of week 13, it will be fully formed.
  • Some of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as nausea, fatigue and breast tenderness, will be most pronounced during these early weeks.

The second trimester (weeks 14-26):

  • During this time, the baby continues to grow and develop and the mother starts to gain some weight as extra fat is laid down as energy reserves.
  • The baby's movements in the womb can be felt and they may begin to develop patterns of activity.

The third trimester (weeks 27-birth):

  • The baby will start to lay down its own fat stores, going through rapid growth phases in preparation for birth.
  • The baby's lungs will mature and senses such as hearing, taste and sight will develop.
  • You may find it more difficult to get comfortable at night and you will need to urinate more often.
  • Practice contractions, known as Braxton Hicks, can be a regular feature.

Useful Resources

HSE - Maternity Services

Breastfeeding.ie - high quality breastfeeding support services

Rollercoaster.ie - Pregnancy & Parenting website

Mummyservices.ie - Irish pregnancy website

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