Gynaecology at Bowen

At Bowen Hospital our specialists provide gynaecological services both independently and collaboratively to ensure the best consultation and outcome for our patients.

Gynaecology at Bowen

How do Gynaecology services work?

Our gynaecology services are patient focused. Our gynaecologists have a variety of clinic times and days available at Bowen Hospital to suit your needs.

Gynaecology conditions we treat often:

  • Vaginal Prolapse
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fibroids
  • Post-Menopausal Bleeding
  • Fertility Investigations
  • Menopausal Symptoms

Gynaecology procedures offered

  • Mirena insertion & removal
  • Laparoscopic surgery to remove ovarian cysts, endometriosis
  • Hysterectomy
  • Prolapse surgery
  • Vaginal repairs
  • Colposcopies
  • Hysteroscopies

Referral to our Gynaecology Services

You can ask your GP to refer you to your preferred gynaecologist, or self-refer.

Do I need private health insurance to access Bowen’s gynaecological services?

No, you do not require private health insurance to access our gynaecological services, we offer a very competitive rate for non-insured patients.

Mirena Insertion & Removal

Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that can provide long-term birth control (contraception). The device is T shaped and placed inside the uterus, where it releases the hormone progestin.

As well as contraception the Mirena can be used to help with heavy menstrual bleeding, cramping or pain with periods, endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia, adenomyosis, anemia and fibroids.

A colposcopy is a procedure done to investigate abnormal cells in the cervix or vagina. During a colposcopy a tube-shaped tool (a speculum) is placed into the vagina to open it. A microscope is then used to look at the cervix in greater detail. A small sample of cells may be taken from your cervix for testing.

A hysteroscopy is the procedure used to examine the inside of the uterus. Using a hysterscope, a scope with a light and camera on the end, the specialist can see the inside of your uterus to investigate symptoms of heavy periods, unusual bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding, pelvic pain or trouble getting pregnant.

Endometriosis is a common disorder that affects up to 1 in 10 women and those assigned female at birth in New Zealand. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissues grows on the outside of the uterus, as opposed to the inside where it should. When the endometrial tissue grows on the outside of the uterus it can grow on the ovaries or the bowel causing painful symptoms.

Adenomyosis occurs when the inside lining of the uterus is found within the muscular wall of the uterus, enlarging it.

There are five forms of Gynaecological cancers: Cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, cancer of the womb, vaginal cancer and vulval cancer.

Cervical cancer forms in the women’s cervix and lower uterus, it is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different types of HPV virus, and only a few are linked to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine can protect against most of the HPV types that can cause cancer. Cervical screening is an essential tool in early detection and early treatment.


A hysterectomy is the surgical procedure that removes the uterus. This procedure is carried out to treat health problems that affect the female reproductive system such as heavy periods, long-term pelvic pain, fibroids or gynaecological cancers.

Pelvic pain can range from dull aches to sharp cramping in the lower abdomen or pelvic region. Symptoms can range from painful periods, pain during sexual intercourse, painful urination or bowel movements. Treatment can vary from hormonal therapy, physiotherapy or lifestyle changes.