Did you know BC Women’s has a specialized gynecological clinic for women and adolescents with disabilities, women who have experienced difficult pelvic exams in the past due to a history of sexual trauma or have other anatomical or psychological barriers and transgender patients seeking help with menstrual management.
The Access Clinic
provides comprehensive gynecological care that includes the assessment and treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, STI screening, complex contraception counselling and dilator therapy. The trained team includes a nurse practitioner (NP) and gynecologist who are sensitive to and understand the needs of this unique population.
Some of the challenges that this population faces include accessibility for pelvic examinations, issues with conceiving, menstrual suppression, etc. The clinic is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift to transfer patients to the exam bed in a calm and caring environment with staff who are used to working with the challenges disabled women face. The clinic provides counselling and advice for women/transgender patients and their specific needs. The clinic is open during Tuesday afternoons, but special arrangements can be made by appointment, as well as accommodations for patients who would like to be accompanied to their appointment.
Patients can self-refer to the clinic and then be triaged to the NP or gynecologist as needed or be directly referred by their doctor
. The clinic is currently accepting new patients.