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Understanding Different Types of Ultrasound Scans for Pelvic Health

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, characterized by a combination of symptoms and physical findings that may affect fertility, metabolic health, and physical appearance. The condition is named for the appearance of polycystic ovaries, observed through ultrasound, where the ovaries contain many small, fluid-filled sacs (follicles) but fail to regularly release eggs.

Causes of PCOS

The exact cause of PCOS is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Key factors include:

  • Insulin resistance: A significant number of women with PCOS have insulin resistance, leading to elevated insulin levels that may increase androgen production, causing difficulties with ovulation.
  • Inflammation: Women with PCOS often have increased levels of inflammation in their body, which might be linked to insulin resistance.
  • Hormonal imbalances: Elevated levels of androgens (male hormones) interfere with the ovaries’ ability to ovulate correctly.

Symptoms of PCOS

Symptoms of PCOS can vary from one individual to another but commonly include:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles or absence of menstruation
  • Heavy bleeding during periods
  • Excess hair growth on the face and body (hirsutism)
  • Acne on the face, chest, and upper back
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Thinning hair or male-pattern baldness
  • Darkening of the skin, particularly along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath breasts
  • Polycystic ovaries visible on ultrasound

The Role of Ultrasound in Diagnosis and Treatment

Ultrasound plays a critical role in diagnosing PCOS by visualizing the ovaries and assessing the presence of polycystic ovaries. At London Private Ultrasound, we utilize advanced ultrasound technology to provide clear, detailed images, aiding in the accurate diagnosis of PCOS. Our approach includes:

  • Transabdominal ultrasound: This method provides an overall view of the pelvic region, including the uterus and ovaries.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound: Offering more detailed images of the ovaries, this method can better identify the presence of the characteristic polycystic appearance.

Comprehensive Care at London Private Ultrasound

Our clinic is committed to providing comprehensive diagnostic and management services for women with PCOS. In addition to ultrasound scans, we offer:

  • Blood tests: To check hormone levels, insulin resistance, and other factors associated with PCOS.
  • Consultations with specialists: Our team includes experienced GPs and specialists in endocrinology and gynecology, ensuring a multidisciplinary approach to managing PCOS.

Treatment for PCOS typically focuses on managing individual symptoms and may include lifestyle modifications, medication to regulate menstrual cycles or reduce androgen levels, and interventions to improve fertility for those desiring pregnancy.

Why Choose London Private Ultrasound?

Choosing London Private Ultrasound for your PCOS management means prioritizing your health with access to leading-edge diagnostic tools and a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing personalized care. We understand the complexities of PCOS and are committed to supporting you through every step of your journey, from diagnosis to treatment.

If you suspect you have PCOS or are seeking expert management for your condition, contact us today. Our clinic is here to provide the diagnostic services and expert care you need to navigate PCOS with confidence and improve your quality of life.

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Address: 27 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 8EN

Telephone020 7101 3377