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The Basics Of The Female Reproductive Anatomy

The Basics Of The Female Reproductive Anatomy

Why Do You Need To Know About Female Reproductive Anatomy?

Are you looking after someone who has an a gynaecological* procedure?  There are many procedures in the Gynaecologists* repertoire but hysterectomy* is one of the most common.  In the US alone, there are an average of 600,000 performed annually.   If you are a man and going to be looking after your wife or partner who is about to have this procedure, it can be overwhelming.  Until now, there hasn’t really been much need for you to know terms like “Fallopian Tube” or “Uterus”.  But as you sit in the doctors office and listen to the explanation of the procedure, it may be incredibly overwhelming.  This video will debunk many of those terms  relating to the female reproductive anatomy for you and you can talk “Fallopian Tubes” with the other waiting room dwellers with confidence.

While there are many surgical approaches to this procedure, such as keyhole surgery, it can be a painful procedure post-operatively irrespective.  Research suggests that it can a painful procedure long term, also.  One study completed in Denmark indicates that 32% of patients experience chronic pain after a hysterectomy.  Patients who have undergone a hysterectomy require a considerable convalescence period after this operation.  Their ability to move freely around similarly to prior to the surgical is significantly impeded.   Understanding the anatomy will help relate to the impact that this surgery has on the patient.

There are any number of other procedures involving the female reproductive anatomy that may be performed.  Other than hysterectomy, your patient may have had a prolapse repair*, incontinence surgery*, or a Caesarian Section*.  If you are caring for someone who has had a gynaecological procedure, then it will be of immense value to have an understanding of the anatomy.

This 10:00 video is a basic introduction to the female reproductive anatomy.  This tutorial goes through the basics – essential for carers and students alike as we step through the major landmarks, like the uterus and ovaries.  So watch this video now and, as always, feel free to drop Phill or Nic any questions you may have.

 

Glossary
GYNAECOLOGY: The medical practice treating conditions relating to the female reproductive system
GYNAECOLOGIST: A qualified and training doctor in the field of gynaecology.  Usually denoted by being a fellow of the college, such as Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
HYSTERECTOMY: Surgical removal of the uterus, or womb
PROLAPSE: A Latin term meaning “fall out of place” and in relation to gynaecology, it refers to the vaginal canal protruding through the opening of the vagina
INCONTINENCE: Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary leakage of urine
CAESARIAN SECTION: The surgical delivery of a baby
 
References
Brandsborg, Birgitte (01/01/2012). “Pain following hysterectomy: epidemiological and clinical aspects”. Danish medical journal (2245-1919), 59 (1), p. B4374.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
 
 
What gynaecological operations has your woman had and how did she cope? Us women are pretty good with pain, guys, so it takes a bit to rattle our cage, but messing with our uterus (uteri?) may just do it….
 
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Nic Nash-Arnold has been nursing for twenty years. She has nursed thousands of patients, mainly in the operating theatre. Nicole has worked in both public and private hospitals in Queensland. Ten years ago, she left the “coal face” of nursing and moved into a Nurse Educator role and then a series of senior and executive hospital administration roles. Nic has always believed in the empowerment with education. That might be empowering nurses to provide better care or patients to take better care, but education is always the centre of the solution. Google 
 

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