A comfortable and supportive environment where women can feel safe discussing any sensitive health concerns.
Dr Jodi Croft has a broad knowledge and special interest in general gynaecology having completed her fellowship in advanced gynaecological and laparoscopic surgery with Dr Greg Robertson (Gynaecological Oncologist at St George Hospital). She is competent in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Jodi understands that all women are different and she will tailor a management plan to suit your needs.
Dr. Jodi Croft has a deep understanding of the unique health needs of women at every stage of life. She takes the time to listen to her patients’ concerns and develops personalised treatment plans that address each patient’s specific needs. Whether it’s providing preventative care, diagnosing and treating medical conditions, or offering support and guidance during difficult times, Dr. Croft is committed to helping women achieve optimal health and wellness.
As a highly experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr. Jodi Croft understands that when it comes to surgical procedures, patients want the safest and most effective option available. Laparoscopic and robotic surgery offer several benefits for women’s health, including smaller incisions, less scarring, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times.
With her expertise and commitment to providing the best possible care for her patients, women can trust that they are in good hands with Dr. Croft for their laparoscopic and robotic surgeries.
Typical gynaecological conditions encompass a range of issues, including menstrual irregularities like heavy bleeding and painful periods. We also address concerns related to pelvic pain, such as endometriosis, and conditions affecting the cervix, including the management of abnormal cervical screening tests. Additionally, our care extends to addressing discomfort during intercourse, postmenopausal bleeding, and conditions like fibroids, covering a wide spectrum of women’s health concerns.
Endometriosis, characterised as a chronic inflammatory condition, occurs when the endometrial cells, which typically line the uterus and respond to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, grow outside the uterine walls. This growth most commonly takes place within the pelvis, around the back of the uterus, over the bowel, and on the side walls, the bladder and the ovaries.
Typically, endometriosis manifests with significant pain, often including intense menstrual cramps and pain outside of the menstrual period. In some cases, it may lead to infertility, causing concerns about the ability to conceive. It’s worth noting that while endometriosis is associated with infertility, it’s responsible for fertility challenges in only about one-third of cases, meaning that approximately two-thirds of women with endometriosis can conceive without difficulty.
A fibroid is essentially a noncancerous smooth muscle tumor. While the term “tumor” might sound alarming and create associations with cancer, it’s important to note that fibroids very rarely turn out to be cancerous. In fact, fibroid cancer cases are so infrequent that most gynaecologists seldom encounter them in their practice.
Fibroids are growths of smooth muscle tissue that typically develop within the walls of the uterus.
There are also less common occurrences of fibroids in various pelvic locations, and some fibroids grow on stalks, resembling antennae; these are known as pedunculated fibroids. Most women of childbearing age have at least one fibroid and it is possible to have many.
Fibroids respond to hormonal changes in the body, meaning they can grow in response to hormones produced during a woman’s menstrual cycle or due to medications like birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. Pregnancy, which involves significant hormonal changes, can also stimulate fibroid growth.
While many women may have one or two fibroids in their uterus, most often without any cause for concern, large fibroids can exert pressure on the bladder or bowel. While fibroids themselves usually don’t directly cause bleeding, they can contribute to heavier periods by increasing blood flow to the uterus, effectively promoting their own growth. Symptoms of fibroids often include heavier menstrual periods and a persistent, dull pain rather than sharp pain. They can cause referred pain by putting pressure on nerves within the pelvis.
Fibroids typically develop slowly, and women may not notice their presence until they observe changes such as an increase in abdominal size or difficulties with bladder control. This occurs because the uterus, nestled within the pelvic cavity, has limited space, and any growth in its size can press against neighbouring organs. It is not uncommon for my patients to have relief of pain in their hip or legs following surgery to remove a large fibroid uterus.
Menstrual discomfort can originate from various sources. One common cause is Adenomyosis, a condition similar to endometriosis. In Adenomyosis, endometrial cells infiltrate the uterine muscle, causing it to become swollen and spongy. When the menstrual period arrives, the inflammation of these endometrial cells can irritate the uterine muscle, resulting in pain.
Another factor contributing to discomfort is heavy menstrual bleeding, often associated with retrograde menstruation. In this scenario, blood flows backward out of the uterus, through the fallopian tubes, and into the pelvic area, leading to pain. Addressing the heavy bleeding is crucial to alleviating this pain.
Endometriosis itself is a well-known source of pelvic and period pain, involving the growth of endometrial glandular cells outside the uterus.
Sometimes, pelvic pain occurs without a clear underlying cause, and it’s essential to manage this condition individually.
Muscle spasms within the pelvic region can also generate pelvic pain.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that bowel issues can contribute to period pain. In these cases, the discomfort isn’t directly related to menstruation but rather associated with bowel concerns.
Each of these conditions requires distinct management approaches to effectively address the associated pain and discomfort.
Whether you are planning for pregnancy, currently pregnant, or need gynaecological care, Dr. Jodi Croft offers comprehensive support for women’s health. With a compassionate approach and extensive experience in obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr. Croft can provide care from preconception to postpartum wellness and beyond.