Recently, I have had multiple pregnant patients and patients who are planning a pregnancy, ask me whether they should get the Covid-19 vaccine if they get the opportunity. The answer to this question is not a simple “yes” or “no” but rather needs to be considered with the following information. Firstly, the COVID-19 vaccine [...]
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Some background Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection and is the initiating factor of a chain of events that may lead to cervical cancer (please read our cervical cancer blog here). HPV also causes anal, oropharyngeal, vulval, vaginal and penile cancers. Vaccination with the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine can prevent infection and [...]
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in women in Africa. In South Africa new cases occur about twice as common as the rest of the world. There are thousands of new cases reported every year in South Africa. One of the main reasons for this high incidence, is inadequate use of [...]
October is the month to paint the streets pink for a really good reason – it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month! Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer affecting women all around the world, and even those without a family history are not immune so here are some guidelines to guide you with [...]
A consideration during your pregnancy is whether you would like to do testing for chromosomal conditions such as Down Syndrome. The information below will guide you as you consider testing. When any test is done it is important to think through what you would do with the result. It is prudent to consider your [...]
Finding out that you are pregnant is often a time of mixed emotions. As you watch that first pregnancy test turn positive you may experience anything from shock, fear, stress and disappointment to extreme relief and excitement. You may also feel overwhelmed as your mind races while you consider what lies ahead. Be encouraged - [...]
In celebration of women... To all the amazing ladies who have crossed my path and who I have had the privilege to get to know, you are special and valuable. The female body is incredible. The complexity of the interactions of all the structures and all the hormones that are produced to enable the potential for life, points toward a [...]
For any woman, pregnancy is a time of change. Physically, significant change is evident as your energy levels change and your baby grows. At the best of times, pregnancy can be a stressful season. Throw in a COIVD-19 pandemic, and change with uncertainty take on a whole new level of intensity. Here is some information [...]
The Background Many of my patients, justifiably, have questions and concerns about COVID-19 and pregnancy. Some of these relate to their delivery and admission for delivery and others relate to the risks of being pregnant during this time of uncertainty. As a result, it is only appropriate that I answer those questions and hope to [...]