Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in South African after breast cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. All women should have a pap smear at least every 10 years starting at age 30 years. This means at around 30, 40 and 50 years of age.
When it comes to choosing a method of contraception, understanding the pros and cons of each method is important. While you may have many options to choose from, you should choose a method that best suits your health. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have.
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A press release promoting the use of condoms and emergency contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy, HIV infection and cervical cancer.
The service aims to help women and men who are unable to have children to conceive. Counselling and information is given on the various treatment options available. The history of the couple is taken and examinations are done. Depending on the results, fertility treatment is either given or advised against.
Family Planning and Contraception
Women who start menopause prematurely (before 45 years of age) or who are in menopause and are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, can have a gynaecological assessment and examination. Hormonal tests can be done to decide on treatment. Women can ask for counselling to decide on the best treatment option.
Information for women over 30 on what pap smears are, and when and why they should be done.
The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act No. 92 of 1996 gives all women the right to a free abortion (termination of pregnancy), at a government hospital or clinic during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Women of all ages have the right to an abortion and should never be denied the service because of their age. It's, however, advisable to be accompanied by a trusted adult (a parent, aunt or teacher) for support if you're under 18.
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This document gives in-depth information on the termination of pregnancy at the primary care level, as well as referrals, training of health workers and the medical protocols for the procedure.