Women’s Health/Family Planning


Women’s Health

It is clearly evident that screening for Breast, Cervical, Ovarian and Womb issues early has saved many lives and this is a vital part of primary care medicine. Watching out for changes in addition to prompt and early investigations of symptoms can be vital in avoiding potentially serious illnesses. Unusual vaginal bleeding, breast lumps and breast pains can be extremely worrying but are often signs of only minor illnesses. Nonetheless, they should not be ignored and early investigation and management is essential both for reassurance and to guide treatment options if necessary.

Cervical Screening / Smear Tests

Cervical cancer is one of those illnesses that may be prevented from occuring at all in many cases. Normal cervical cells (the tissue sitting at the roof of the vagina) must undergo many different levels of changes (CIN) before they can become cervical cancer. Cervical smear tests aim to pick up these changes, during any one of the stages, before they ever become cancerous and these can subsequently be removed, if appropriate, and potentially prevent the cancer from ever starting. A smear test can be done on any lady after she has become sexually active. It is provided free of charge to every woman between the ages of 25 – 60 yrs. All the GP’s and nurses at Buncrana Medical Centre are trained smear takers and registered with Cervicalcheck. If you have never had a smear simply log on to www.cervicalcheck.ie and follow the link “check if you are registered or call 1800 45 45 55.

Contraception and Family Planning

Planning the right time to start or add to your family can be quite stressful and the endless supply of new and available products can be very confusing. What’s safe and appropraite in one case may not be in another. Avoidance of pregnancy may involve non hormonal natural methods, barrier methods, short or long term hormonal contraception or permanent sterilisation.

All of our doctors and nurses hold family planning certificates and are well equipped to counsel and prescribe the full range of contraception available. Dr Ciara Steele advises on the Implanon contraceptive devise and the Mirena Intra-Uterine Contraceptive system.

Crisis Pregnancy

If you have discovered you are pregnant and did not plan to be this can be very distressing. Our doctors and nurses offer confidential and supportive advice on all options that are available to you in your pregnancy. Make an appointment by ringing our reception staff.