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Dr Hassan Azadeh is the Clinical Director and Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Medicare Clinic in Brusubi, The Gambia and is also  Assistant Professor at the University of the Gambia

Dr Azadeh offers a comprehensive service for gynaecological care, assessment and treatment. Women of all ages see Dr. Azadeh for a wide variety of women’s health concerns. He is easy to talk to, takes time to get to know you and always explains your condition and treatment options thoroughly.

Dr Azadeh  covers general gynaecology checks, ultrasound scanning, abnormal smears, colposcopy, abnormal menstruation, early pregnancy, pelvic pain, infection, continence, HRT and all general gynaecology and obstetrics.

Women’s Reproductive Health

Worldwide, one woman dies every minute as result of being pregnant. This statistic highlights the denial of women’s rights to safe motherhood in many parts of the world, particularly in low-resource countries where 98% all maternal deaths occur. The majority of pregnant women die because they deliver unattended by a properly trained birth professional.

The principle of moral philosophy supporting women’s rights to safe motherhood may be difficult to implement. Philanthropy is diverted by other competing needs, such as HIV prevention and treatment, or provision of urgent food supplies. Equity is denied because women’s health is too often set as a low priority.

Making Pregnancy Safer

A woman’s reproductive system is a delicate and complex system in the body. It is important to take steps to protect it from infections and injury, and prevent problems-including some long-term health problems. Taking care of yourself and making healthy choices can help protect you and your loved ones. Protecting your reproductive system also means having control of your health, if and when, you become pregnant.

Preconception health refers to the health of women and men during their reproductive years, which are the years they can have a child. It focuses on taking steps now to protect the health of a baby they might have sometime in the future and about getting and staying healthy throughout life.

Contraception (birth control) – There are several safe and highly effective methods of birth control available to prevent unintended pregnancy. These include intrauterine contraception, hormonal and barrier methods, and permanent birth control (sterilization).

Using effective birth control methods can greatly reduce the chances of having an unintended pregnancy. CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health has a long history of conducting important epidemiologic studies on the safety and effectiveness of contraceptive methods. The results from these studies have had lasting effects on contraceptive practice.

Depression – We monitor prevalence and treatment of depression among women of reproductive age and postpartum depression. Depression is common. Often, trying to get pregnant, being pregnant, or the birth of a baby can increase the risk for depression.

Also, many women don’t know that depression sometimes happens with other events, such as losing a baby or having trouble getting pregnant. Women may also feel depressed for many other reasons-some may not even know why.

There are ways to help you feel better, such as counseling or other treatments. Talking to your health care provider is a good first step if you think you may suffer from depression.

Hysterectomy – Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus. The uterus is the place where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. Sometimes the cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are also removed. Hysterectomies are very common-1 of 3 women in the United States has had one by age 60.

Infertility – Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after 1 year of trying; or 6 months, if a woman is 35 years of age or older. Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be considered infertile. About 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States aged 15-44 years have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. CDC is committed to preventing infertility and its burden on women and families.

We are working with other federal agencies and nonprofits organizations to provide accurate data and evidence about infertility, including its causes and consequences.

Menopause – Menopause is a normal change in a woman’s life when her period stops. A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row. This often happens between 45-55 years of age. Menopause happens because the woman’s ovary stops producing the hormones estrogens and progesterone.