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Full Pelvic Ultrasound Scan

A full pelvic ultrasound is a scan that looks at your reproductive organs and the surrounding pelvic area. At The Birth Company we can use it to examine your uterus, womb lining, ovaries and cervix. During the scan we can look for any abnormal appearances that may account for any specific symptoms you’ve been experiencing.


What are the indications or reasons for having a full pelvic ultrasound?

We may perform a full pelvic ultrasound scan:

  • as part of your well woman screening
  • to investigate gynaecological symptoms such as pelvic pain, irregular periods or other menstrual problems
  • to confirm the diagnosis if we suspect you have a condition such as fibroids or ovarian cysts
  • to check on your condition if you have been diagnosed with a problem such as fibroids or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that requires monitoring
  • to assess your fertility or assist your doctors if you are undergoing fertility treatment at another clinic

How is the scan done?

We can recommend the right kind of pelvic ultrasound for you, depending on your reasons for having the scan and any underlying health issues.

  • You will usually need a trans-vaginal scan, which means that a specially designed ultrasound probe will be inserted through your vagina.
  • We can sometimes perform an abdominal scan instead, by placing the probe against your tummy, but it doesn’t provide as much reliable information.

What preparation is required?

For a trans-vaginal ultrasound:

  • You should empty your bladder just before your scan
  • You can have a trans-vaginal scan when you’re having your period, but you will need to remove the tampon if you’re using one
  • You’ll need to remove the lower half of your clothing before the scan, so wear something that is easy to take off

For an abdominal ultrasound:

  • You should drink some water about an hour before the appointment and try not to empty your bladder until after the scan
  • We recommend that you wear clothes that can easily be pulled back to expose your abdomen

What can this scan detect?

During a full pelvic ultrasound scan, our sonographer will examine the shape and condition of your whole reproductive system. We will measure the uterus, ovaries and cervix and check them for abnormalities such as cysts or growths. We will also look for any issues in the surrounding pelvic area.

If you are having a full pelvic ultrasound scan to diagnose or assess gynaecological problems, we will be able to check for:

  • Ovarian cysts or polycystic ovaries
  • Fibroids
  • Polyps or other growths
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis

If you are having the scan as part of fertility assessment or treatment, we can check:

  • How healthy your uterus and ovaries are before you try to conceive
  • When you will be ovulating, to help with the timing of natural or assisted conception
  • The health and thickness of the endometrial lining, which can be particularly important for fertility treatment

We can also use the full pelvic ultrasound scan to:

  • Detect and locate an IUCD or coil if you have one implanted
  • Assess the effect of HRT after the menopause

Is it easy to make an appointment?

Making an appointment at The Birth Company for a full pelvic ultrasound scan is simple. We should be able to arrange an appointment at a convenient time for you. Short notice appointments are usually available if you are experiencing symptoms and you need your scan results quickly. If you would prefer to see one of our female sonographers, let us know when you make the appointment.

What happens after the scan?

We will provide a full report with your results that you will be able to share with your GP or other doctors. The report and images can be sent electronically immediately to you and your referrer.


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