182633 - check unit 549, Female reproductive system, May 2018
To provide guidance for general practitioners on the management of female reproductive system disordersRelevance to General Practice
Women account for 56% of all general practice consultations; 12% of presentations are for problems affecting the reproductive system.2 Common reasons for such presentations include genital check-ups and cervical screening, pregnancy, pregnancy-related problems, contraceptive advice, and menstrual problems.
Menorrhagia affects about 20% of women, and pelvic pain about 15%. Referrals to obstetricians and gynaecologists occur at a rate of 0.8 per 100 consultations with women, and these are for conditions such as ovarian cysts and endometriosis.
As the first point of contact, general practitioners are required to manage the various presentations relating to the female reproductive system, and identify those problems requiring referral to emergency services or specialists. This issue of check includes case studies on some common presentations relating to the female reproductive system.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health