GHC Women's Health Clinic

 
The GHC Women's health clinic was established to provide quality holistic health care services to women of different ages. Nowadays, women’s health care concerns are increasing in conjunction with their higher levels of education. As a result, demands for enhanced women’s health services are significantly increasing.


Our clinic provides facilities for wide-ranging care on all aspects of women’s health including: comprehensive screening, diagnosis, treatments, education and counseling on women’s issues and conditions such as pre-menstrual syndrome, family planning, fertility & pregnancy, menopause, breast diseases, osteoporosis, infertility and sexually transmitted infections.

Breast Health

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in female. It is recommended that women over 40 receive an annual breast screening including mammogram and breast examination by experienced health care professionals, as early detection and diagnosis saves lives.

Safe and highly accurate, a mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers that are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor.

Our center offers comprehensive breast health services from education, screening, clinical breast examination and diagnosis, to treatment, counseling and post operative care. These are provided by a team of specialists including breast surgeon, family physicians, gynecologist, oncologist, radiologist, pathologist and breast care nurses.
 

Family Planning and Contraception

Various methods of contraception are available to allow couples to avoid pregnancy, to gain control over the number of children conceived, or to determine the spacing of future children. Our clinic aimed at advocating the couples to make informed decisions about contraception by providing completed information of available choices, their advantages and disadvantages, effectiveness and side effects.

Infertility

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after 1 year of continual unprotected sexual intercourse. Statistics showed that approximately one out of every six couples suffers the emotional and psychological stress from infertility. Our Women’s health clinic is staffed by a team of Infertility Specialists to provide a range of services for our clients from baseline infertility investigations such as blood hormone assays, vaginal ultrasound scanning, pelvic examination, hysterosalpingogram, semen analysis and treatments such as hormonal therapy, Ovulation Induction (OI), Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) to In-Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (IVF-ET), together with other supportive services.

Menopause

Menopause refers to the permanent end of menstruation and fertility. It is a natural event in a woman’s life that results from a decrease in the ovarian production of sex hormones – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.  These hormones allow a woman to become pregnant, cause menstruation, and affect many other functions in the body, A woman is in menopause if she has had no menstrual periods for 12 months and has no other medical reason for her menses to stop. While some women have no menopausal symptoms, in others the symptoms may last several years, usually between the ages of 40 and 55. Common menopausal symptoms include hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness and burning, loss of libido, urinary problem (eg: stress incontinence, pain on urination and bladder infection) and mood swing. Many treatments are available, from life style adjustment to hormonal therapy, in relieving menopausal signs and symptoms. Our women-centred clinic believes that each woman is unique and should make her own informed decision about her health and treatments received. Our staff are committed and equipped with knowledge to assist women to proactively manage menopause in order to prevent chronic disease and improve their long-term health and quality of life.


Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. Fractures occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist; and usually require prolonged hospitalization and major surgery. Our clinic emphasizes on prevention, early detection and prompt treatment. Early detection of bone loss can prompt treatment that may restore lost bone mass and reduce the chances of fracture.

Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is the gold standard for measuring bone mineral density. This technology carries low risk and takes only a few minutes. It measures spine, hip or total body bone mineral density (BMD), providing reliability while exposing a woman to minimal radiation. It is recommended that all women aged 40 years and older, or postmenopausal women who present with factures, or who have been taking hormone replacement therapy for prolonged periods of time should receive osteoporosis screening in a regular basis.


Pre-menstrual
Syndrome
                             
PMS is a combination of emotional and physical manifestations that occur cyclically in women before menstruation. Variable reports indicated that 20% to 60% of women experience some form of PMS. Our specialist doctors and nurses provide useful information on medication therapy, life-style modifications and counseling services in order to assist individual women and their significant others to cope with the manifestations of PMS.


Midwifery

Midwifery is a health care profession where providers give prenatal care to expecting mothers, attend the birth of the infant, and provide postpartum care to the mother and her infant. GHC has a well trained midwife who is specialized in pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum stages. The midwife generally strives to help women have a healthy pregnancy and natural birth experience.

There are special services offered by GHC midwife:

  • Prenatal courses, relaxation (group or individual)
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Postnatal perineal and abdominal rehabilitation

Women's Nutrition Counseling

Adequate nutrition is one of most important women’s health issues. GHC’s US registered dietitian will provide a series of nutrition counseling sessions based on individual age, health and progress.  Nutrition counseling along with medical treatment will improve blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride level, blood glucose, and weight.  A well-balanced nutrition also will help women reduce medication usage and prevent diseases from occurring or worsening.


Weight Management

Overweight conditions and obesity have been reaching an alarming number in last 10 years. Through a series of nutrition practices with our US registered dietitian, clients will learn how to choose the right foods and the appropriate portion sizes of meals. Ultimately, the client will be able to create their own healthy meal plan. The dietitian will also help clients modify certain eating behaviors in order to enhance achievement of their desired weight goal.  A variety of exercise options will be recommended to client. Weight will be monitored throughout the whole process. 

Women’s Heart Disease

Heart disease isn't just a man's disease.
Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are devastating to women, too. Many women believe that cancer is more of a threat, but they're wrong. Nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases as from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. 

The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It's the major reason people have heart attacks.

The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease. All women can take steps to prevent it by practicing healthy lifestyle habits and consulting with professional physicians.

The GHC Heart Center is staffed by experienced cardiologists from the US, Hong Kong and China, which is able to offer best heart care services to women.


Urinary Incontinence in Women

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder. This is a common problem that can affect both sexes but women are more commonly affected.
 

Urine is normally prevented from leaking by the urinary sphincter, which is a tight ring of muscle at the neck of the bladder and the support of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Voluntary passing of urine involves relaxing the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles, together with a gentle contraction of the bladder muscle.

For many women the leakage of a small amount of urine on an occasional basis is normal and does not prevent them from getting on with their lives. For other women, urinary incontinence may be serious enough to involve having to change their clothes and to avoid performing certain tasks or exercises. For these women, advice from a health professional is appropriate. 

Our experienced Urologists provide diagnosis, imaging and treatment of diseases of the entire urinary tract, i.e. kidney, ureter, and bladder.


Depression in Women

Depression is a serious condition that can impact every area of your life. It can affect your social life, your family relationships, your career, and your sense of self-worth and purpose. And for women in particular, depression is common. If you’re feeling sad, guilty, tired, and just generally “down in the dumps,” you may be suffering from major depression. But the good news is that depression is treatable, and the more you understand about depression’s particular implications for and impact on women, the more equipped you will be to tackle the condition head on.
 

Risk Factors for Depression in Women 

  • Personal past history of mood disorders in early reproductive years
  • Loss of a parent before the age of 10 years
  • Childhood history of physical or sexual abuse
  • Use of an oral contraceptive, especially one with a high progesterone content
  • Use of gonadotropin stimulants as part of infertility treatment
  • Persistent psychosocial stressors (e.g., loss of job)
  • Loss of social support system or the threat of such a loss

For the most part, women suffering from depression receive the same types of treatment as everyone else. The main treatment approaches are psychotherapy and antidepressant therapy. If you are suffering from depression, you should consult with our experienced psychologists as soon as possible.




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