​Gynaecology Services 

Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi is home to a team of specialist gynaecologists who are dedicated to providing the comprehensive care required to maintain women's health. 

Gynaecology services at AKUH,N include:

General gynaecological co​​​nsultations

If you are experiencing menstrual problems, (such as abnormal bleeding, irregular bleeding or painful periods), pelvic pain or infections, or menopausal symptoms kindly book a consultation with one of our gynaecologists. We can provide a diagnosis and create a treatment plan, which may either be medical or surgical. We offer a range of procedures, including laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Consultations with our gynaecologists are available from Monday to Saturday.

Cancer screening prevention and treatment

AKUH,N recommends that all women above 25 years should have regular Pap smear screening in order to detect pre-cancerous changes in the cervix. Should your gynaecologist detect any abnormalities in your Pap smear , colposcopy may be recommended.  There is a colposcopy clinic every week. We also provide HPV vaccination​
AKUH,N also recommends that all women above age 40 undergo breast cancer screening by mammography. We will be happy to do a breast exam and refer you for mammography.

We have a gynae oncologist who is a obstetrician gynaecologist who has done further subspecialty training in cancers of the reproductive tract. This includes Vulva and vaginal cancers, Cervical cancer, Uterine cancers, ovarian and fallopian tube cancers.  Several diagnostic procedures such as vulvar biopsy, colposcopy with cervical biopsy, LEETZ, endometrial pipelle biopsy are done in the clinic.  Our expert team will ensure that your treatment is coordinated with other specialist departments at AKUH,N, such as radiotherapy and medical oncology.

Gynaecological surgery

Our gynaecologists offer the highest quality open, laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery and will advise you on the best procedure to address your condition. For women who desire a permanent method of family planning, we also provide laparoscopic sterilization. Laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery offer a more rapid recovery and lower cost compared to open operations, as they are frequently undertaken on a ‘day care’ basis. More extensive procedures require a longer stay, for which accommodation is available in the Surgical Ward, Private Wing or Princess Zahra Pavilion.

Specialist fertility and reproductive endocrinology

Approximately one in six couples experience difficulty achieving a pregnancy. Our gynaecologists are experts in diagnosing factors that may lead to subfertility in both men and women. We also offer the full range of modern assisted conception treatments, including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and provide testing and advice to treat hormonal disturbances such as menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
 
Uterine fibroid treatment

Uterine fibroids are extremely common causes of menstrual problems, pressure symptoms and difficulties with fertility.  AKUH,N offers several options for the treatment of fibroids. We provide 'traditional' surgery in the form of  myomectomy or hysterectomy. We also perform less invasive laparoscopic or hysteroscopic myomectomy. Further, we are the premier institution in Africa offering Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE) carried out in collaboration with the Radiology Department, UFE is a modern, non-surgical method of treating fibroids that allows for rapid recovery.

Assessment and treatment for Womens’ bladder problems, Prolapse, and fistula

Patients are often hesitant to seek advice about bladder issues, such as an urge to pass urine too frequently or leaking. However, these problems are very common and can often be solved by relatively simple measures including clearing infections, taking tablets to reduce over-sensitivity of the bladder or participating in physiotherapy. There are also some conditions, such as stress urinary incontinence and prolapse, which may be treated through surgery. If you are experiencing bladder problems, please book an appointment with one of our specialists who can diagnose and treat your condition. We also offer a specialist service for fistula patients whose problem may have arisen as a result of childbirth, after surgery or after radiotherapy.

Fertility investigation and treatment services

Fertility treatment depends on the cause that has been established during investigations. This is usually found to be very specific in individual couples. Treatment can include:

  • Ovulation induction
  • Intrauterine insemination
  • Assisted reproductive treatment
    • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
    • Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
    • Frozen embryo replacement
    • Fertility preservation in women at risk of premature menopause
Early pregnancy assessment 

A dedicated early pregnancy assessment service is available at Aga Khan University Hospital offering a one-stop shop that provides professional advice in a very sensitive manner during this difficult moment. 

Investigations and treatment of repeated pregnancy loss (miscarriage)

We have up a team of dedicated and specialised professionals to offer you this sensitive service. We ensure that a comprehensive plan is made to look after you for your next pregnancy.

Hormonal treatment 

Where there is inadequate production of female hormones in young women or exhaustion during the menopause, replacement in a much-tailored fashion to restore health and wellness is recommended. We offer specialist hormone replacement service for women who feel the need. ​

 

Maternity Services 

At Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, our approach to maternity care is grounded in respect for individual and cultural choices in childbirth, supported by the availability of world-class care and facilities. Our goal to provide optimal comfort and safety for both mother and child during the birthing process. We also know how important it is for expectant mothers to have the support and presence of relatives during this time, and so the involvement of family members is strongly encouraged.

The Jimmy Sayani Building Maternity Unit

​​Opened in April 2012, this purpose built Maternity Unit offers seven ensuite labour and delivery private rooms equipped with flexible delivery beds and facilities for monitoring the condition of mother and baby. One room has a built in Birthing Pool should you wish to try a water birth! The unit also has special monitoring equipment for mothers with medical complications such as pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure). After the birth, accommodation options include four bedded shared bays each with a bathroom, two bed (duplex) rooms with bathrooms and private ensuite rooms. Another option for your postnatal stay is the Princess Zahra Pavilion where the Maternity Unit midwives will attend to you and your baby along with your obstetrician and paediatrician.

Our team of maternity care specialists-including midwives, nurses, obstetricians, paediatricians and anaesthetists-is committed to offering comprehensive medical support for you and your family, from conception through to delivery.

We have opted for a midwifery-obstetrician team model of care whereby a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist is available on campus at any given time of day and night, assisted by a team of other professionals to attend to emergency pregnancy conditions in order to save lives and assure safe deliveries.

Maternity services include:

Antenatal care

Antenatal care at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi provides comprehensive monitoring of your health and your baby's development throughout your pregnancy.

As an expectant mother, antenatal care is an important way for you to be mindful of both your own and your baby's health throughout your pregnancy. Antenatal care is also a vital step in helping doctors to identify potential issues with your pregnancy and take action to avoid or treat them.

Antenatal care services at AKUH,N include:

Antenatal clinic​

We encourage mothers to schedule their first visit between 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy, to fully discuss any health issues and develop a healthcare plan for the duration of your pregnancy.

Medical Antenatal Clinic

This specialised clinic is designed specifically for expectant mothers with serious or minimal pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes or HIV. In order to ensure optimal co-ordination of care for both you and your baby, we arrange joint consultations with your obstetrician and physician that can be continued as needed throughout your pregnancy.​

Antenatal Classes

AKUH,N offers a range of antenatal classes, including Lamaze childbirth preparation.

Delivery

Pain relief options for labor

AKUH,N offers the full range of pain relief methods for use in labour, including nitrous oxide/oxygen, gas, tablets, injections and an on-demand epidural service. Your midwife, obstetrician and anaesthetist will discuss the options with you.​

Caessarean section

The experienced medical team and state-of-the-art facilities at AKUH,N work together to ensure that, when a Caesarean delivery is necessary, it is as smooth as possible. Our anaesthetists will provide you with an individual consultation regarding your anaesthesia options and your birthing partners is encouraged to accompany you into theatre to provide you with support throughout your birth experience.

Newborn and paediatric care

The dedicated team of neonatal paediatricians and nurses at AKUH,N is ready to provide the very best medical care for your baby.

Please see our Children's Hospital for more detailed information about these services.

Visiting the Unit

Expectant parents are most welcome to visit the Maternity Unit to view the facilities and ask the staff any questions about the facilities and care. Please enquire at the Reception Desk on the second floor, Jimmy Sayani Building where the staff will be pleased to assist you.
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Family planning

Family planning services at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi include:

  • Contraceptives
  • Female Sterilisation
  • Vasectomy​
For more information please contact:

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic
Telephone: +254 20 366 2876
​​​​​+254 20 366 2888
or Email: patient.referral@aku.edu

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