Female Health

Maternity Care

From 22nd February 2021 there is a new way for you to register for maternity care at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.  You don't need to contact your GP - they will do that for you.  Simply register using this website: https://www.pregnotes.net/SelfReferral/CareLocation/SHIP  This will notify your midwife team at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust who will contact you to arrange an appointment.  If you are unable to notify us online, please call 07834 698886.  

Cervical Screening Test 

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). 
Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix. Most women's test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later. 

NHS Choices - Cervical Screen Test

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. These membranes are called the mucosa. There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. These are classed as high risk and low risk. 

What an HPV infection can do 

Infection with some types of HPV can cause abnormal tissue growth and other changes to cells, which can lead to cervical cancer. Infection with other forms of HPV can also cause genital warts. Other types of HPV infection can cause minor problems, such as common skin warts and verrucas. Around 30 types of HPV are transmitted through sexual contact, including those that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. Genital warts are the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. 
HPV infection is also linked to vaginal cancer and vulval cancer, although both are rare conditions. 

Human papillomavirus vaccine

Cancer Research UK - HPV Virus