Utilising the latest technology to deliver the highest quality of care, we provide an extensive range of women's health services. Our doctor is discreet, caring, as well as understanding of the sensitive nature of certain issues. Patients can trust she will handle all aspects of care with diligence, due to her considerable amount of experience.
- Pap smears
- Breast examinations
- Sexual health including STI screening
- Premenstrual syndrome advice
- Perimenopausal counselling including HRT
- Osteoporosis management
- Nutrition and lifestyle advice
Pregnancy Related Concerns
- Pre-pregnancy planning
- Pregnancy test
- Antenatal care including GP Shared Care
- Birth plan advice
- Postnatal checks
- Perinatal anxiety and depression counselling
- Contraception counselling
- Implanon insertion and removal (please see below for further information)
- IUD (Mirena, COPPER_T) insertion and removal (please see below for further information)
Patients seeking contraceptive advice can book a consultation with Dr Lucy Lu to find out more about what is available, how is works, and discuss any concerns you have. Patients must note that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks, and patients should ensure they are sufficiently informed of all aspects before proceeding.
Intrauterine Device (IUD)
What is it?
An intrauterine device or IUD is a small contraceptive device, which is inserted into the patients' uterus. At our clinic, the form of IUD used is called Mirena, which is hormone releasing, and can stay in place for up to five years. It is a small T-shaped plastic device with a string attached to the base, and the hormone levonorgestrel in the stem. This hormone creates thicker mucus in the cervix, making it harder for sperm to get into the uterus, and affecting movement of the sperm and egg through the uterus and fallopian tubes. The likelihood of fertilisation is reduced by approximately 99.8%.
Who can use Mirena?
- The Mirena is most commonly used by women who are looking for a long term, reliable contraceptive.
- As it reduces menstrual bleeding, women with heavy periods can benefit from using this IUD.
- Women who wish to space their pregnancies, have completed their family, or have no children can all potentially use the Mirena.
- Breastfeeding women are able to use this IUD.
Who should NOT use Mirena?
- If there is a possibility you may be pregnant, you should not have the Mirena inserted.
- Any women with undiagnosed abnormal bleeding from the vagina.
- Women with a pelvic infection (pelvic inflammatory disease or PID)
- If you are waiting for cervical cancer treatment, or cervical changes.
For more information about the Mirena, and to make sure it is the right choice for you, please talk to our doctor during your appointment. To see a fee schedule, visit our Patient Information page.
When booking and appointment, please advise us if you are planning on having a Mirena inserted, as you will need a longer consultation.
What is Implanon?
Implanon is a contraceptive implant, a small flexible plastic rod, which is inserted under the skin in the inside upper arm. A minor procedure is performed requiring local anaesthetic, a small incision is made where the Implanon is then placed. Small amounts of the hormone progestogen are constantly released into the body, preventing pregnancy by stopping the egg being released by the ovary, a process known as ovulation. The hormone also makes mucus at the cervix thicker, preventing sperm from entering the uterus. The implant can remain in place for three years, and is more than 99.9% effective for users.
Who can use Implanon?
- Implanon is suitable for most women, both young and approaching menopause, who are looking for an effective, long acting contraceptive method.
- Breastfeeding women can safely use it.
Who should NOT use Implanon?
- Any women with undiagnosed abnormal bleeding from the vagina. Our doctor will conduct further investigations in this case.
- Anyone with a history of breast cancer.
- Women taking certain medications which may prevent the Implanon from working effectively.
For more information about the Implanon, and to make sure it is the right choice for you, please talk to our doctor during your appointment. To see a fee schedule, visit our Patient Information page.
When booking and appointment, please advise us if you are planning on having an Implanon inserted, as you will need a longer consultation.