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Women's Health

Period Poverty

Period Poverty is a term used to describe a lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints. Since June 2023, the Partnership has offered free sanitary products to anyone. The products can be found within the toilets of all of our Branches.  

 

Coil Clinic

An IUD (coil) is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that's put into your womb (uterus) by a doctor or nurse. It releases copper to stop you getting pregnant and protects against pregnancy for between 5 and 10 years. It's sometimes called a "coil" or "copper coil". All of our Branches have clinicians that offer this service to patients. 

 

Menopause Clinic

Menopause is when your periods stop due to lower hormone levels. It usually affects women between the ages of 45 and 55, but it can happen earlier, it affects anyone who has periods.

Perimenopause is when you have symptoms of menopause, but your periods have not stopped. Perimenopause ends and you reach menopause when you have not had a period for 12 months.

Menopause and perimenopause can cause symptoms like anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, hot flushes, and irregular periods. These symptoms can start years before your periods stop and carry on afterwards.

Our Branches hold clinics for patients that are going through the menopause/perimenopause.

 

Cervical Screening (Smear Test)

Cervical screening (a smear test) is a test to check the health of the cervix and help prevent cervical cancer. It's offered to women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64. You'll be sent an invitation letter in the post when it's time to book your cervical screening appointment. Your invitation letter will tell you where you can go for cervical screening and how to book.

Most cervical screening is done in our Branches by a female nurse or doctor. Call your practice to book an appointment with them. You might be able to book the appointment online.

 

Breast Screening (mammogram)

Breast screening uses X-rays called mammograms to check your breasts for signs of cancer, it’s done by female health specialists called mammographers.

Anyone registered with a GP practice as female will be invited for NHS breast screening every 3 years between the ages of 50 and 71. You'll get a letter in the post inviting you. 

If you are 71 or over, you will not automatically be invited for breast screening, but you can still have breast screening every 3 years if you wanted you would need to contact your local breast screening service to ask for an appointment.

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