The BFPA is one of the top providers of sexual and reproductive health services for women in Barbados. Our range of women's services include pap smears, contraceptive care, fertility treatment, testing for sexually transmitted Infections, and gynecological health. Our clinic team will provide you with confidential care and support, that you can trust.
"Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens." Phylicia Rashad
STIs are infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual activity. Anybody who has oral, anal, or vaginal sex, or genital skin-to-skin contact with another person can get STIs. Safer sex (often called “safe sex”) means taking steps to protect yourself and your partner from STIs when you have sex.
Candid talk on one woman's experience of dealing with HERPES.
If you're a sexually active woman under the age of 25.
You're a woman older than 25 and at risk of STIs — for example, if you're having sex with a new partner or multiple partners.
You have HIV.
You've been forced to have intercourse or engage in sexual activity against your will.
Understanding Your Pap Smear!
A Pap smear, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. It involves collecting cells from your cervix (the lower, narrow end of your uterus that's at the top of your vagina). Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that indicate the possibility of cancer developing.
At the BFPA we will do your pap smear along with your pelvic exam. You can start having pap smears from age 21 and up to 65. Pap smears are usually done every three years, but if your pap smears come back showing abnormal test, we wild do them more frequently. This will be discussed with the doctor.
Why should I have a pap smear?
When women are exposed to genital human papillomavirus (HPV), their immune system will usually prevent the virus from taking a hold. However, in a small number of women, the virus remains in the body for several years and eventually changes healthy cells. This is known as CERVICAL INTRAEPITHELIAL NEOPLASIA, which may go away spontaneously, but in some cases the cells become cancerous.
When you have regular pap test, the doctor through laboratory test is able to detect any changes to your cervical cells.
Will my pap test include checking for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?
Pap smears, look for any cell changes in your cervix, which could lead to cervical cancer. Cell changes are often caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which is an STI. However, your pap smear will only test for the cell changes, not whether or not you have HPV.
Some Of Our Services For Women
Counselling. Pap Smears. Contraceptives. Breast Examinations. Pregnancy Testing. Antenatal Care.
Test & Treatment of HIV & STI's. Gynecological Treatment. Fertility Support. Minor Surgeries. Women's General Health and more...
We provide a full range of contraceptive services and can help women who are experiencing infertility.
Detecting cervical cancer early with a pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. Detecting these abnormal cells early with a pap smear is your first step in halting the possible development of cervical cancer.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex condition that is most often diagnosed by the presence of two of the three following criteria: elevated male hormones, ovulatory dysfunction leading to menstrual irregularity and polycystic ovaries.
PCOS is a common hormonal disorder affecting up to 7% of women of reproductive age; in Barbados, prevalence has been steadily increasing, currently estimated to be up to 25%. Although its exact cause is unclear, PCOS is currently thought to result from a complex interaction of genetic and environmental traits.
What are the symptoms?
The clinical presentation of PCOS is highly variable. Patients may be asymptomatic or present with a myriad of gynecologic, skin, or metabolic manifestations.
Oligomenorrhea (missed periods from 35 days to 6 months)
Excessive facial/body hair growth: upper lip, chin, chest, abdomen
Weight changes and trouble losing weight
Low sex drive
Male pattern hair loss
What causes PCOS?
The underlying cause of PCOS remains unclear within the medical community. However, the clinical manifestations are due to an imbalance between estrogens and androgens (male hormones) leading to excessive androgen concentration in these women. Insulin resistance is also characteristic of patients with PCOS. Insulin is a hormone which regulates the body’s blood sugar control and in PCOS, the hormone is functionally impaired leading the elevated levels of blood sugar causing a variety of metabolic disturbances such as obesity, increased risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.