Period Problems

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Problems with periods are common and can cause a lot of difficulty and anxiety not to mention inconvenience from unexpected heavy bleeding!

There are many reasons for period problems. Irregular periods usually have a hormonal cause but can also be brought on by stress and or fluctuations in body weight. Heavy periods can be due to problems in the uterus for example polyps or fibroids or hormonal reasons, amongst other things. It is important to have heavy or irregular periods investigated. Heavy periods can lead to low iron levels and subsequent lack of energy and poor health. Over the age of forty they may be the first symptom of early cancer of the uterus and after menopause any unexpected bleeding needs to be investigated by a specialist.

Transvaginal ultrasound

Transvaginal ultrasound is an ultrasound performed by insertion of a narrow probe into the vagina. It often provides better quality imaging of your uterus and ovaries than a routine abdominal ultrasound. Ultrasound is the imaging technique of choice for gynaecological problems. It can exclude pelvic pathology (such as ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries and smaller fibroids) not picked up by usual internal examination.


Modern technology allows the use of a telescope so small it can be inserted easily through almost any cervix. The small size causes minimal pain and discomfort. Hysteroscopy allows the direct visualisation of the inside of the uterus. Images are projected onto a screen than can be viewed by you and your gynaecologist at the same time.

Visualising pathology such as fibroids inside the uterine cavity or polyps can help you to understand the cause of the problems, as well as the potential need for surgery.

Hysteroscopy can be performed in the rooms or under general anaesthetic in hospital.

Your consultation

Menstrual problems can be discussed at a routine gynaecological visit and investigations arranged for a later date. A vaginal ultrasound scan can be performed by our on site sonographers at Sonelle Womens Ultrasound.

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