Question Categories: Women’s health


Karen is a 19 year old university student who attends the GP surgery requesting emergency contraception. She had unprotected sexual intercourse 3 days ago with a new partner. Her last menstrual period was 6 days ago. She agrees that a sexually transmitted infection screen is sensible and is keen to have Ulipristal Acetate as she …

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You see Jane who is 35 weeks pregnant with her first child. It has been an uncomplicated pregnancy so far and she is under midwife-led care. Her midwife asked her to see her GP because over the last week she has developed a very itchy rash on her abdomen. On examination there are urticated papules …

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Mrs Banks is 52 years old and presents to the GP as her incontinence is no better following pelvic floor muscle training. She was referred for physiotherapy earlier in the year and has now trialled this for 4 months. Her main concern is leaks of urine when coughing and exercising. Lifestyle measures including limiting caffeine …

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Mrs Laron is a 51 year old lady who sees you to enquire about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). She is worried about the risk of breast cancer with HRT which is mentioned in the media and wants to find out more. Which one of the following statements about HRT is least correct?


You see a 24 year old lady with infrequent periods and hirsutism. Her BMI is 30 and on further questioning you find out that she has been trying unsuccessfully to conceive with her partner for 2 years now. You suspect she may have Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and request some blood tests and a pelvic …

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Elizabeth is 47 years old and complains of feeling bloated for the last few months. Her bowel habit is unchanged, and she denies any blood in the stool. She tells you she has always suffered on and off with ‘irritable bowel’, although you can see there is no formal diagnosis of this on her record. …

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Claire is 38 years old and wishes to conceive with her husband. She is nulliparous, BMI 24 and has a complex past medical history. She wants to know if her current medications would be safe in pregnancy. Which one of the following medications is considered not to be safe during pregnancy?


A 25 year old lady comes for a post-natal review 8 weeks after a normal vaginal delivery. She is exclusively breast feeding her baby. Her periods have returned so she wants advice about contraception. She is keen to find out the best method which is safe as well, as she is exclusively breastfeeding. She has …

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A 23 year old female patient presents after having completed a recent course of antibiotics for a chest infection. She gives a 3 day history of vaginal itching along with a ‘cottage cheese’ vaginal discharge. She denies any vaginal bleeding and has not been sexually active in the past 3 months. What is the most …

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A 48 year old female who has recently started a new relationship attends the GP surgery for a contraception review. She has regular periods, denies any abnormal bleeding and is up to date with her smears. She does not use any form of contraception currently. She is a non-smoker and only occasionally drinks alcohol. After …

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