Women's Health

We offer advice on a wide range of symptoms and illness specific to women. Whether your query relates to...

  • Menstrual cycle
  • PMT (premenstrual tension)
  • Contraceptive choice
  • Breast complaints
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Menopausal and Postmenopausal problems
  • Fertility concerns
  • Sexual and psychosexual health issues
  • STI screening (sexually transmitted infections)
  • Mental health problems 
or any other issues, we can offer advice, examinations and further investigations if necessary.

Cervical Smear

We are registered with Cervicalcheck - the National Cervical Screening Programme - for provision of Cervical Cancer Screening (smear tests). These are available free of charge if you are currently due a smear test (every 3 years for women age 25-45, every 5 years from age 45-60). This test is to detect early pre-cancerous changes in the cervix (neck of the womb).

Please note that a smear is NOT a test for sexually transmitted infections, although these can be done at the same visit if you mention this in advance (STI screening is a separate service and costs €80).

More details about smears are available on cervicalcheck.ie, where you should also check if you are eligible for a free smear. Please bring your invitation letter or CSP ID number with you when coming for a smear. Please note that if you are not eligible for a free smear, you can have it done privately with us for €90, but it is preferable, not to mention €90 cheaper, to remain within the Cervicalcheck protocols.

Well Woman

This requires a double appointment and will be adapted to your age and specific complaints, taking into account your past medical history and family history. The medical includes

  • Comprehensive history taking,
  • Breast exam,
  • Physical examination
  • Urinalysis.
  • Smear test is included if you are due a smear.
  • Blood tests and ECG may be done if appropriate.
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Cardiac risk assessment

If you would like a cholesterol test you should be fasting for 12 hours so book an early morning appointment.

Based on the results of the above tests the doctor will advise you regarding lifestyle/diet changes and schedule follow-ups or referrals as appropriate.

Fertility care

If you are concerned by a delay in becoming pregnant, or simply want to find out more about your fertility, please come and talk to either of our doctors. We can arrange preliminary investigations if required and arrange further referral if it becomes necessary.

NEW: we are now happy to be able to offer AMH (ovarian reserve or 'eggtimer') testing to women who are concerned about their future fertility. This costs €130 and requires a double appointment. Please mention this when booking. Read More...

Pregnancy and Antenatal care

Are you planning pregnancy?

Did you know that scheduled GP visits for antenatal care are provided free-of-charge through the Maternity & Infant Scheme. You can sign up for antenatal care with us as soon as you have a positive test or come to us if you think you may be pregnant and don't want to do a test yourself!.

STI Screening

At Galway Bay Medical Centre, we offer a full screening service for sexually transmitted infections. Unfortunately there are a large number of such infections in circulation, many of which can be picked up easily by men or women. These include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Genital Warts
  • Trichomonas
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes
In many cases you may not even know you are infected so therefore can pass on an infection to a partner without realising it.

All of our clinical staff have specific further training in this area and can do all of the necessary swabs and blood tests. A morning appointment is preferable so samples reach the lab in good time. This service is beneficial whether you have symptoms of infection (these include discharge, pain, lumps, sores, burning in urine), or if you and your partner simply want to know you are both free of infection. We realize this is a sensitive subject so we provide the service with discretion and confidentiality.

You may find it easier to come for such testing in the privacy of a GP surgery rather than a busy public STI clinic in a hospital. This service can be provided for women at the same time as a smear test (if due) but please mention this in advance.



Recent News

  • Apr 03 2013

    Garda Medical Scheme Galway

    We are pleased to announce that Galway Bay Medical Centre have recently been accepted as a member of the Garda Siochana Doctor of Choice Scheme in Galway.
  • Mar 27 2013

    Cervicalcheck Update


    CervicalCheck (The National Cervical Screening Programme) provides free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60.

  • Feb 15 2013

    Chiropody & Podiatry service at Galway Bay Medical Centre

    From next Friday 15th February and every Friday thereafter by appointment, Leonie Hegerty O'Brien BSc. Pod Med., Pg. Dip Podiatric Surgery, MSCP(EIRE & UK) will be providing a Chiropody & Podiatry service here at Galway Bay Medical Centre.
  • Feb 05 2013

    Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist Galway

    Dr Ethel Ryan (MB, DCH, FJFICMI, FRACP, FRCPI, MSc) is a Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist with over 12 years experience, currently working in UHG.
  • Jan 20 2013

    Longer opening hours


    We are happy to announce that we now offer lunchtime doctor appointments on Mondays and Thursdays. We are also open late on Thursdays until 6.30pm. In addition we have extended our nurse appointments - now available Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings and Friday mornings.

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