Bleeding after menopause
Bleeding after menopause
Bleeding after menopause is one of the common reasons for doctors to request a gynaecological scan.
At QDOS Ultrasound in Perth we work as a team of O&G doctors and sonographers, for a wide range of ultrasound problems.
A gynaecological scan for bleeding after menopause would typically consist of an abdominal and a vaginal scan, performed at our practice in West Leederville.
More than one purpose
When there is bleeding after menopause, checking for abnormal thickening of the uterus lining is the most important consideration. But sometimes other problems are present, such as polyps, fibroids, or collection of fluid in the uterus. Some women are also experiencing pelvic pain with the bleeding. The information obtained through an ultrasound image allows your doctor to check for changes in anatomy, ovarian cysts and risks of cancer.
If your request is linked to symptoms of bleeding after menopause, then an abdominal and vaginal scan may be required.
Abdominal or vaginal
Usually our gynaecological ultrasound consists of an abdominal ultrasound and a vaginal ultrasound.
The abdominal scan gives a good overview, as long as the bladder is well-filled. The vaginal ultrasound (although it sounds awkward) is usually a much gentler procedure than a cervical smear. It allows the images to be taken from much closer to the uterus and ovaries, which usually gives better detail.
After the menopause the vaginal scan may be less helpful, either because narrowing of the vagina makes the examination less comfortable, or because the smaller, straighter uterus is more difficult to view from that approach. For this reason, it is a good idea to drink 2 glasses of water 3/4 hour before the appointment. That way, images can be taken through the bladder first, before emptying to try the vaginal scan.
If you have already had a successful vaginal scan with us in the last couple of years, you may have been told not to worry about filling your bladder for subsequent appointments.
O&G ultrasound experts
Dr Kristy Milward and Dr Bev Hewitt both perform gynaecology scans at QDOS. Our practice is located in West Leederville, Perth.
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