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 consultations
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.
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.
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.