Mr Fraser Mcleod, Gynaecology and Obstetrics Consultant at Spire Bristol Hospital, featured on Channel 4’s flagship health programme, Embarrassing Bodies, this month, where he conducted cervical cold coagulation on a patient suffering from Cervical Ectropion. As its name suggests, Embarrassing Bodies is a programme centred on helping patients with health issues that they find embarrassing or that they have found no help with treating previously.
Kate Mason, 18, from Hereford, met a GP from Embarrassing Bodies to discuss the symptoms she had been experiencing which included excessive vaginal discharge. Following the doctor’s advice, Kate visited Mr Fraser Mcleod at Spire Bristol Hospital in Bristol where he performed the cauterisation after antibiotics failed to work.
“Cervical ectropion is a relatively common problem, particularly among younger women. For many women no treatment is required, but in this case it was causing Kate some embarrassment and I am therefore pleased that I was able to resolve the issue for her,” says Mr Mcleod.
Cervical ectropion is caused when the lining membrane of the cervical canal becomes exposed causing a deep pink velvet-like appearance. It is a completely benign condition with no link to cervical cancer. In the majority of cases, cervical ectropion causes no symptoms and will need no treatment but in some cases it can cause vaginal discharge, and bleeding after sexual intercourse.
Embarrassing Bodies has on average 3.5 million viewers per episode and its website is one of Channel 4’s top three online properties alongside Big Brother and Hollyoaks and has won a BAFTA for interactivity in 2009.
Mr Fraser Mcleod and Kate Mason were featured on Embarrassing Bodies, Channel 4 at 9.00pm on Monday 4th July 2011.
Click here to watch the episode on the Channel 4 website