What this Module Involves
This module first covers the anatomy of the breast and the female reproductive tract. We then dive into the menstrual cycle, learning about the synthesis and timely release of the egg cells under strict hormonal control. The next section covers the different types of contraception and HRT available and their advantages and disadvantages. We have a brief synopsis of the common investigations used in gynaecology before going through the main breast, uterine, cervical, ovarian conditions and finally menopause.
To begin with, we need to understand the anatomy of the female reproductive tract and the breast. The remainder of the section then covers the menstrual cycle – we focus on the ovarian and uterine cycle learning how each is controlled by negative feedback mechanisms.
Section 2: pharmacology
This section goes over the different types of contraception available in the UK, covering the advantages and disadvantages of each. We learn the contraindications of the COCP. The next subsection covers the types of HRT available, their indications and their risks.
Section 3: Tests and investigations
This is a brief section which covers the tests and investigations used in gynaecology. We understand the principles of colposcopy, hysteroscopy as well as mammogram screening for breast cancer. We also look at the types of hysterectomy and their indications.
In this section, we go through conditions organ by organ. We cover ovarian conditions, cervical, vaginal and uterine conditions. An important part of this is cancer, learning about risk factors, diagnosis and treatments available. We then finish this section by covering menopause.
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