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The Directorate of Women’s Health is charged with the responsibility of implementing policies that specifically target and bring about improvement to women’s healthcare issues.


Women's Health Articles

Please click on an article below for additional information on Women's Health Issues:

Frequently Asked Questions on Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is currently the second most common form of cancer amongst women of all ages in Trinidad and Tobago. Regrettably, it is one of the most common cancers seen in Trinbagonian women less than 50 years of age....

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the endometrium is found elsewhere in the body. The most common sites of these ‘deposits’ are usually in the pelvis around the womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes...

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Treatment of the Symptoms of Menopause

If you are considering treatment for the symptoms of menopause then this article is targeted to you. It may also be helpful if you are a relative or friend of someone who wishes to have treatment for the symptoms of menopause.

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Women's Health Article(2019-02): "The pregnancy risks associated with being overweight or obese"

"This article is meant for the general public including women who are considering becoming pregnant and are overweight or obese."

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Women's Health Article(2019-01): "Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pregnancy"

"A thrombosis is a blood clot in a blood vessel (an artery or a vein). The term venous thrombosis refers to the instance when a clot occurs in a vein."

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Women's Health Article(2018-13): "Induction of Labour"

"The term induction of labour means to bring on labour in a woman, who is not in labour."

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Women's Health Article(2018-12): "High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy"

"Chronic hypertension refers to a high BP that started before pregnancy or is sometimes detected during your visits during early pregnancy (less than 20 weeks)."

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Women's Health Article(2018-11): "Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP)"

"NVP is a common symptom affecting many women in pregnancy to some extent. It is often called morning sickness."

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Women's Health Article(2018-10): "Dilation and Curettage (D&C)"

"Dilation and Curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure in which the cervix may need to expanded (dilated)."

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Women's Health Article (2018-09): "Hysterectomy (Part II)"

"The usual operating time is between 1 to 2 hours, but can vary. You will spend a few hours in the operating theatre department, including the time spent in the recovery (observation) area."

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Women's Health Article (2018-08): "Hysterectomy (Part I)"

"Fibriods are very common in our population. Some estimates indicate that as high as 80% of women in their late 30s and above have had fibroids."

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Women's Health Article (2018-07): "Uterine Fibroids"

"Fibriods are very common in our population. Some estimates indicate that as high as 80% of women in their late 30s and above have had fibroids."

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Women's Health Article (2018-06): "The Flu and Pregnancy"

"In Trinidad and Tobago, in 2015 and early 2016, several pregnant women died because of complications from the flu virus."

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Women's Health Article (2018-05): "Routine Antenatal Care (Part III)"

"For higher risk patients and for those who will likely require a planned delivery such as another caesarean section, it is a good idea to be seen several weeks before your given due date."

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Women's Health Article (2018-04): "Routine Antenatal Care (Part II)"

"You should have your things prepared including your hospital bag of yours and baby's requirements. [...] Especially in the late part of pregnancy, always keep your health records and bag close at hand."

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Women's Health Article (2018-03): "Rountine Antenatal Care (Part I)"

"Unfortunately, many women fail to attend antenatal care early enough or regularly, despite the ease of access. The women at greatest risk are the ones who tend to default from the system."

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Women's Health Article (2018-02): "Accessing Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Services at the RHAs (Part II)"

"The outpatient services at the hospital function on a referral basis. [...] You can access the outpatient services by first obtaining a referral from your local health centre or private doctor."

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Women's Health Article (2018-01): "Accessing Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Services at the RHAs (Part I)"

"More than 15,000 babies are successfully delivered at public hospitals on an annual basis. The RHAs also attend to thousands of women in the outpatient clinics, the emergency departments, the admission wards, laboratory tests, radiology services, cancer treatment, and surgeries."

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Women's Health Article (Dec 2017): "Diabetes in Pregnancy"

"There is an alarming rate of potential Diabetes Mellitus in our country with high rates of obesity and even more worrying is that as many as one in five women may be entering pregnancy with impaired glucose tolerance levels. Afro-Caribbean and East Indian origins are at a higher risk for NCDs including DM..."

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Women's Health Article (Nov 2017): "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)"

"One of the most common issues faced by women of reproductive age in Trinidad and Tobago is polycystic ovary syndrome and its implications on short and long-term health. Not everyone diagnosed with PCOS will have significant symptoms as some patients have minimal or no symptoms. However, there may be implications to your health as this condition can be related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes..."

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This series of articles is penned by Dr. Adesh Sirjusingh, Director of Women’s Health, and is based on frequently asked questions and comments from women throughout Trinidad and Tobago.


The information contained in these articles is not meant to replace advice from your healthcare provider. When it comes to personalized health information, your qualified healthcare professional is the best person to consult, rather than self-diagnosis and recommendations from the internet.

Medical research, treatment and technology are always evolving and every effort was taken to provide up-to-date advice at the time of preparing this article.

Ultrasound Examination in Pregnancy: Clinical Guideline

This Clinical Guideline was developed by the Directorate of Women’s Health, Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago. The Directorate is a unit in the office of the Chief Medical Officer. It was developed based on the Ministry’s principles of accessibility, equity, affordability, efficiency, effectiveness and safety.

The aim of this document is to provide a clinical guide for healthcare practitioners performing or requesting ultrasound scans (USS) in pregnancy.

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Diabetes Mellitus and Pregnancy: Clinical Guideline

This guideline seeks to standardize the delivery of Obstetric services at both public and private health care facilities. It was developed based on the Ministry’s principles of accessibility, equity, affordability, efficiency, effectiveness and safety.

The guideline is to be distributed to all relevant health facilities where obstetric and midwifery services are provided.

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