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Experts in Women’s Gynaecological Care

Welcome to Northern Medical Women’s Health Clinic, Ahoghill, Ballymena.

We offer the most up-to-date advice and treatments for women of all ages. This care is provided by a friendly experienced  team in private, professional and comfortable consulting rooms. If surgery or procedures are required, these are performed in the safest surgical environment with state-of-the art equipment and a highly trained team.




Our consulting rooms are in the Old Meeting House, Maine Medical Practice, Ahoghill.After informing reception of you arrival please take the lift or stairs to our private waiting area on the first floor.

Genital Tract Swabs

Genital tract swabs look for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) such as Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea. These can easily be done in the outpatient setting within a couple of minutes. Results can usually be returned within 3 working days.


Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. It’s passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom).

The tests for chlamydia are simple and painless. The swab is used to gently wipe the area where you might have chlamydia, to collect some cells. The cells are then tested for infection. If a woman has a swab test,it can be taken from the cervix, or inside the lower vagina.


Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus. The bacteria are mainly found in vaginal fluid. The bacteria can infect the cervix (entrance to the womb), the urethra (tube that carries urine out of the body), the rectum and, less commonly, the throat or eyes. The infection can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby.

Gonorrhoea can be easily diagnosed by testing a sample of discharge picked up using a swab.

If you have concerns about have been exposed to either of these conditions it is important to get tested as soon as possible. Both of these are treatable conditions but if undiagnosed or untreated can lead to more serious long-term health problems if not treated, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or infertility.

Cervical Smears and Screening

The vast majority of women should be screened for a cervical cancer. The screening program starts from 25 years of age and finishes at 65 years.This is a highly effective screening program in protecting women from the development of cervical cancer. From 25 years of age this should occur every 3 years and from 50 every 5 years. This procedure takes approximately 1 minute, is only mildly uncomfortable and can be done easily at the outpatient setting. Results are usually available within 1 month.

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Cervical Cautery and Polyp Removal

Some women experience intra-menstrual bleeding (bleeding in between periods) or after intercourse (post coital bleeding). This can often be caused by a common condition affecting the neck of the womb (cervix) called cervical erosion or ectropion. It is often simple condition to treat providing there is a normal smear history. This area on the cervix can be easily treated quickly in the outpatient setting or if necessary as a day case.

Cervical cautery is a procedure where the cells on the neck of the womb are treated using heat. This then encourages fragile delicate cells to grow into new and stronger cells which are less likely to cause discharge or irregular bleeding. It is important to make sure there is a normal smear history before treatment.

Cervical polyps are small skin like tags on the cervix, which can again cause the above symptoms and are easily removed in the outpatient setting. These polyps are often found coincidentally when women attend for a smear and the vast majority of times are benign.

They are more common in women who have been pregnant more than once. More than 99% of polyps are benign. The incidence of malignant polyps of the cervix is rare. Less than 1 in every 200 polyps is malignant. Most polyps are smooth, soft, reddish-purple to cherry red, and fragile. They are considered fragile because it is common for polyps to bleed when touched. Polyps often do not cause symptoms. They are usually found during a routine pelvic exam. If you have polyps, bleeding or spotting may result from a pelvic exam, sexual intercourse, or with any manual stimulation of the cervix

Mirena Coil Insertion

Mirena coils can be inserted at an outpatient clinic or if this is not possible as a very short procedure in day surgery. Mirena Coils have two main uses.

  • As an excellent contraception.
  • To treat heavy and painful periods where approximately 7 out of 10 women find a great improvement.
This coils releases a minute amount of a hormone called levonorgestrel (a progesterone) into the lining of the womb thinning it significantly,thus giving its beneficial properties for reducing heavy periods. There is a misconception that as a hormone is involved with this device, women can have significant hormonal side effects. This is not the case, the hormone released is mainly into the womb and hormonal side effects are rare.It is also beneficial for the treatment of conditions such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometrial hyperplasia (a condition which can lead to entometrial cancer).

These coils last for 5 years and are fully reversible i.e. once removed a women’s fertility returns almost immediately. Six weeks after insertion the coil strings require to be checked usually by the same person who performs your smear. This check is to ensure the coil has remained in position.