Intimacy and caregiving

Intimacy and sexuality forms an integral part of every person. We are all sexual beings, no matter what our age, social status or well-being. The media has portrayed a ‘perfect’ picture, an idea of what ‘sexy’ is, and anything less than that makes you somehow incapable of love. This is not true. If individuals and couples put in effort, their sex life can be very rewarding.

There are challenges and changes associated with certain diseases but it does not take away your sexuality or your need for intimacy.

Read the full article:

August is Women’s Month

Here at Well Family Practice we celebrate women. It is important to look after your health as a women. As part of Women’s month, we are running a special especially for the women. Cervical cancer is the second biggest cancer among women in South Africa. Having a papsmear is extremely important & the best screening method for cervical cancer. Any women from the age of 25 years should have one (whether you are sexually active or not. Come and get your papsmear done at Well Family Practice in the month of August.

August is Women’s month at Well Family Practice

Flu season – the facts

South Africa is well into the 2019 influenza season.
Influenza virus infections cause significant morbidity and mortality on an annual basis resulting in up to five
million cases of severe illness and 650 000 deaths globally each year.
There have been media reports that refer to outbreaks of “swine flu”, the name incorrectly given to the
circulating H1N1 strain that was introduced into the population in 2009. However, the National Institute for
Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported that more than 90% of all influenza A samples tested this
season are subtype H3N2, not H1N1. It is important to note that both H1N1 and H3N2 co-circulate, and
together with influenza B are normal seasonal influenza strains, cause disease of the same severity and
should be managed in the same way.
An influenza infection typically presents with sudden onset of fever, myalgia (muscular aches and pains), cough, sore throat, rhinitis (runny or congested nose) and
headache. In the majority of people, it will clear over the course of a few days, but influenza may progress to
pneumonia, secondary bacterial or viral infections, and even multi-organ failure especially in individuals at
high risk for severe disease.
High-risk individuals include:
• pregnant women;
• immunocompromised individuals (like HIV positive patients, diabetics, cancer patients or patients on chemotherapy;
• persons with chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure or COPD;
• persons who are morbidly obese;
• persons over the age of 65 years;
• children under the age of 2 years.
Routine testing of uncomplicated cases is not recommended as it is unlikely to alter the management of the
patient. During peak influenza season, someone presenting with flu-like symptoms is likely to have
influenza. If oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) is to be used, it should be initiated within 48 to 72 hours of the onset of
symptoms and thus one should not wait for the result of testing before initiating treatment.
Testing is recommended in high-risk individuals and those ill enough to require hospitalisation as it confirms
the diagnosis, directs the use of oseltamivir and assists with infection control.
Testing involves a swab done in the nose or throat. Turnaround time is 24hours.
Blumberg L et al. Influenza: NICD recommendations for the diagnosis, prevention, management and public health response. Available at
wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Influenza-guidelines-final_24_05_2017.pdf, accessed 19 June 2019, accessed 19 June 2019

We bid farewell to Dr Aspeling, welcome Dr Badenhorst

Dr Badenhorst qualified from the University of Witwatersrand in 2013 and completed her three years of public service at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria. She has a strong interest in behavioural genetics and completed a B.Sc. Hons degree at the University of the Free State in 2008. She obtained her HIV Diploma from Colleges of Medicine SA in 2018. She has been working in private practice since 2017.
Dr Badenhorst is happily married & a proud mother of two beautiful children.
She has a passion for people and believes that being a general practitioner in private practice allows her to build lasting relationships with patients and their families.
She would like to provide medical services to you where you as patient play an active role in decision making and managing your healthcare or the health of your child. There are certain targets we as health professionals know you should reach or maintain to BE WELL & she is here to help you achieve that.
She also has a special interest in sexual health and works closely with Dr Elna Rudolph from My Sexual Health. You are welcome to consult her about any sexual health related concerns.

Isotretinoin…wonderful for your skin, but can be bad for other organs

Read more at this link about regular checkups when you are using Acnetane/ Orotane/ Roaccutane – wonderful drugs for your skin but can have harmful side-effects that you have to be screened for.

Intra-uterine Contraceptive Devices

One of the most important things in a woman’s life is to have good contraception.

We insert all intra-uterine contraceptive devices, including the Mirena, and we promise that it will be a pleasant experience. We also offer sedation to make it even more pleasant.

Here is the proof in this email from a patient:

“Hi Dr Jeanne,
Thanks for the super quick and painless procedure today :)”

See you soon for your one – please come and chat to us and we will give you a breakdown of the procedure, what to expect and all the health benefits involved. Not only for this type of contraception – for any type! We individualize your method and make sure that you are part of the decision making process.

While we were focusing on the positive side of International Women’s day…Women are less likely to receive CPR! Read more here:

Papsmear special!!

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. Well GP encourages every woman to have a Pap Smear done once a year. Book between 8 -11 March and only pay R380. Call 011 706 7006.

Man flu is real!!

The female hormone oestrogen reduced flu virus replication in nasal cells from women but not men, found a Johns Hopkins study. ‘Less replication means the infected person may experience less disease or is less likely to spread the disease to someone else,’ said Dr Sabra Klein, lead investigator.