Pelvic Scan

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Many women suffer from painful and heavy periods. There is a medical condition known as Menorrhagia which means “heavy Periods”.

You would know if you had this condition as the bleeding would be that bad you may have to change your pad or tampon every hour, if you feel you may have this, you can talk to your doctor, they may be able to help and may refer you for a pelvic scan to investigate further.

Another reason you may need a pelvic scan could be if you think you have polycystic ovaries. The main symptoms of polycystic ovaries could include irregular periods or no periods at all, excessive hair growth – usually on the face, chest or back, weight gain and oily skin or acne. The pelvic scan will show if you have any cysts on the ovaries.

Another reason you may be advised to have a pelvic scan would be if there is a family history of ovarian cancer. The reason ovarian cancer may develop can depend on many things including age, lifestyle, genetics and environmental factors. As with most cancers, the risk of developing ovarian cancer increases with age.

Between 5 and 15 % of ovarian cancers are caused by a faulty inherited gene. If you have a family history of ovarian cancer your risk of being diagnosed can be around 3 times higher compared to women without the history of it in their family.

If a pelvic scan is suggested, do not be worried it is generally a painless procedure; it is an ultrasound probe applied to the lower abdomen, it can be used to view the cervix, Fallopian tubes, ovaries, Uterus, vagina (this would involve also having an internal examination) and bladder. Before you have a pelvic scan you will be asked to have a full bladder, so try and drink 3-4 pints of water 1 hour before the scan taking place. It is probably best to wear loose clothing so it is easy to remove.

The whole procedure should only take between 15-20 minutes and you are perfectly fine to carry on with your usual activities and go about your day as normal afterwards.

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