Fertility & Gynaecology
The most effective form of imaging to assess the uterus and ovaries, performed for women with a variety of gynaecological complaints including infertility and fertility treatment.
A gynaecological scan can either be performed transabdominally (over the tummy) or transvaginally (internally) dependant on the reason for your scan. An internal scan is usually the preferred method as it gets you closer to the uterus to allow for clearer assessment of the structures.
A full bladder is necessary for a trans-abdominal scan, so approximately an hour before your scan please drink at least 400mls of water. A transvaginal scan requires an empty bladder for your comfort, as it gives much clearer images.
Fertility Scans. We can provide you with an individualised ultrasound service to meet your needs whether you are having treatment in the UK or abroad. A baseline pelvic scan can be performed to assess the thickness of the endometrium and developing follicles with further follicle tracking if required.
Reasons for self-referral; Specific or generalised pain and tenderness, Swelling and bloating, Irregular periods Painful periods (Dysmenorrhoea), Bleeding after intercourse (Post-coital), Heavy menstrual bleeding (Menorrhagia), Intra-uterine contraceptive device (Coil) location, Post-menopausal bleeding, Endometrial thickness for fertility purposes, Follicle tracking for fertility purposes
Common findings identified by scan; Polyps, Ovarian cysts, Fibroids, Polycystic , Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
A referral is not required for any of the gynaecological services we offer.
What we do…
We discuss how we perform the internal scan with you and ensure you don’t have any allergies to latex. The scan is only performed with your consent.
The size, shape and appearance of the uterus and the thickness of the lining of the endometrium will be measured and assessed along with the ovaries. If you are having fertility treatment and need to know your follicle count we will also measure and report how many follicles are present. We also assess the adnexa/ pelvic area to ensure there are no cysts, masses or free fluid.
After the scan…
We will discuss the findings of the scan with you and provide you with a detailed report. You can either send a copy of the report to your clinic providing your fertility treatment or take the copy to your GP for follow up if suggested.
If we find anything of concern, with your permission we will refer you directly to your GP and discuss our findings/concerns with them for follow up.