At Early Life we don’t just offer our scan and consultation services to pregnant women, but also those who might be troubled by pelvic pain or discomfort. If you are experiencing heavy or painful periods, pelvic pain or are worried that you might have an ovarian cyst, we can conduct a pelvic ultrasound scan to determine what the problem is and recommend treatment.
Reasons to Book a Pelvic Ultrasound Scan
Whether you have already raised your concerns with your GP and not been satisfied with the outcome, or don’t want to wait to have a scan on the NHS, a private pelvic scan and consultation is often the best way forward. It enables you to get the information you need quickly, so that if any treatment is required it can be started without delay. Often there will be nothing amiss, but that reassurance is priceless compared to months of worry.
If you are struggling with any of the following symptoms, then you may benefit from a pelvic scan to investigate further:
- Heavy or painful periods
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Bleeding in between periods
- Bleeding post menopause
- Pelvic pain or discomfort
- Suspected ovarian cysts or fibroids
- Issues with contraceptive coil
A pelvic ultrasound scan can also be very useful when it comes to fertility issues. If you have been trying to conceive but are worried it is taking too long for nature to take its course, then a scan can help to put your mind at ease by assessing the condition of the ovaries and uterus.
If you already know that you have a condition such as Polycystic Ovaries (PCO), fibroids or ovarian cysts, a pelvic scan can be used on a follow up basis, to monitor the condition and advise on any required treatment.
What Happens at a Pelvic Scan?
During your appointment you will firstly have a transabdominal scan (as you would normally expect during a pregnancy scan) and this will be followed by a trans-vaginal scan, as this allows your consultant to assess the pelvic area in more detail. During the scans, your consultant will look at:
- Size, shape and position of ovaries and uterus
- Thickness of the endometrium (the innermost lining layer of the uterus which is shed during menstruation)
- Length and thickness of the cervix
- The presence of fibroids, cysts or polyps
- Presence and position of IUD (contraceptive device)
What If You’re Pregnant?
A pelvic scan is also the perfect solution for anyone in the early stages of pregnancy who has previously experienced miscarriage, has additional concerns or is experiencing extreme pregnancy symptoms. An early pregnancy scan is usually completed transabdominally, but sometimes an internal scan is required in order to see things more clearly.
The scan can be used to assess the pelvic area including the ovaries and uterus as well as monitoring the fetal development of your baby, this will include dating your pregnancy, determining the number of babies and checking they are in the right place.
Pelvic Scans at Early Life
At Early Life our consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Mr. Aamir Khan offers both pelvic scans to women troubled by gynaecological issues as well as those in early pregnancy who are looking for the reassurance of a consultant’s opinion and advice in addition to their scan. Mr Khan is an experienced consultant, who works at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and specialises in early pregnancy and emergency gynaecology.
When you book an appointment at Early Life you will find our clinic provides a relaxed and comfortable environment in which to ask any questions you might have and share your concerns with our team of caring professionals.
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We look forward to welcoming you to our ultrasound centre which is currently operating under strict Covid-19 safe measures to ensure your safety and peace of mind.