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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some answers to FAQ’s we get asked a lot. We have also provided some external links with extra information. Should you have a different question and you can’t find the answer below, you can click on the button below to ask a specific question.

General Questions

Who can I see at Southern Women's Health?

We prefer referrals from your GP but please feel free to call our rooms to discuss availability of appointments with Wendy or Diane before seeing your GP for a referral. 

How do I contact Southern Women's Health?
Call us on 03 366 1925 or click here to email us.
The rooms are open 8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am -12pm on Fridays.
We are closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

 

If you need urgent assistance please call 111. Alternatively, contact your GP or attend The 24 Hour Surgery or Emergency Department at Christchurch Public Hospital.
Is Southern Woman's Health affiliated with any insurance providers?
Yes, we are affiliated with Southern Cross and nib. This streamlines the payment and claims process for you.
How much will it cost?
Please give our rooms a quick call on 03 366 1925 to find out how much it may cost you for a consultation or advice on how to seek pre-approval from your insurance company.

If surgery is advised, you will be given a written estimate of costs. These can vary as it is made up of three fees, not only for the surgeon but also for the anaesthetist and the hospital where the operation is performed.

Where can I get more information about my operation?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable.

The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information that we use in our daily practice.

Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society (AGES) has put together 8 videos with information for patients undergoing gynaecological surgery.

You can access these by clicking this link https://ages.com.au/patient/patient-video-library/

UroGynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA) information sheets and videos regarding prolapse, overactive bladder and incontinence https://www.ugsa.com.au/patient-resources/

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG UK) https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/

Where can I get more information about womans health topics?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information that we use in our daily practice.

Health Navigator New Zealand provides online information for all aspects of health and investigations. It has this section specifically for  women’s health https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/healthy-living/w/womens-health/

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG UK)
https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/

A leaflet and booklet from the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent gynaecology about normal appearances of female genitalia:
https://britspag.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/So_what_is_a_vulva_anyway_final_booklet.pdf

Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia (WHRIA) has extensive health information available with a focus on holistic & multi-disciplinary care
https://www.whria.com.au/

Consumer information on Mirena IUS
https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/consumers/cmi/m/Mirena.pdf

Where can I get information about endometriosis?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information that we use in our daily practice.

Comprehensive NZ website for Endometriosis New Zealand www.nzendo.org.nz

Similar website for Endometriosis UK, www.endometriosis-uk.org

Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society (AGES) podcast on endometriosis, https://ages.podbean.com/

Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia (WHRIA) has extensive health information available with a focus on holistic & multi-disciplinary care, https://www.whria.com.au/

Where can I get information regarding chronic pelvic pain?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information that we use in our daily practice.

Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia, https://www.pelvicpain.org.au/

Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society (AGES) podcast, https://ages.podbean.com/

Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia (WHRIA) has extensive health information available with a focus on holistic & multi-disciplinary care, https://www.whria.com.au/

US based online course to understand and rehabilitate yourself when faced with chronic pain, https://www.retrainpain.org/english

Sex is an important part of our lives and relationships and can be negatively affected by many different experiences. Sex therapy may be recommended to women when there are issues such as pain with sex resulting in vaginismus, effects of menopause or after certain surgical procedures.

Therapists are specialists who help with intimacy and sex and the website includes details for local therapists, https://www.sextherapy.co.nz/

Where can I get information about heavy periods?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information.

Health Navigator New Zealand provides online information for all aspects of health and investigations. It has this section specifically for women’s health.
https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/healthy-living/w/womens-health/

Consumer information on Mirena IUS
https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/consumers/cmi/m/Mirena.pdf

Where can I get information about menopause?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information.

The Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) has many factsheets and videos covering different aspects of menopause
https://www.menopause.org.au/

Where can I get information about smears and HPV?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information.

New Zealand Cervical Screening
https://www.timetoscreen.nz/cervical-screening/

Information regarding Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and vaccination
https://www.hpv.org.nz/about-hpv/about-hpv

Where can I get information about prolapse and bladder problems?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information.

UroGynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA) information sheets and videos regarding prolapse, overactive bladder and incontinence
https://www.ugsa.com.au/patient-resources/

Where can I get information about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information.

Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society (AGES) podcast on PCOS
https://ages.podbean.com/

AskPCOS smartphone app for PCOS
https://www.monash.edu/medicine/sphpm/mchri/pcos/resources/askpcos-app

Where can I get information about vulval and vaginal problems?

There are many sources of information available on the internet however not all are reputable. The following are links to sites with good standing and evidence-based information. ANZ Vulvovaginal Society – Information on conditions affecting the vulva and vagina including skin disorders, HPV, and painful sex https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/skin-conditions-of-the-vulva/

Sex is an integral part of our lives and relationships and can be negatively affected by many different experiences. Sex therapy may be recommended to women when there are issues such as pain with sex resulting in vaginismus, effects of menopause or after certain surgical procedures. Therapists are specialists who help with intimacy and sex and the website includes details for local therapists
https://www.sextherapy.co.nz/

Where can I get information about maternity services in NZ?
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