Do you suffer from painful periods? If so, you’re not alone, as many women deal with menstrual pain – or what is medically known as dysmenorrhea – every day.  Although, some are worse than others, and this could be due to endometriosis.

Here at MAS Gynaecology, we understand that you may find it difficult to discuss problems surrounding your period, however, it is important that you do not suffer in silence.

Our senior gynaecologist, Mr Masood has extensive expertise in the management of painful periods and endometriosis. He currently works in the regional endometriosis centre, where he deals with a variety of patients who experience period cramps for several reasons – so rest assured you are in capable hands.

The aim of this guide is to outline the cause of painful periods and their association with endometriosis. We will also offer our expert advice and guidance on whether you require endometriosis treatment at our London-based gynaecology clinic.

What causes painful periods?

Essentially, period pain is caused by the chemicals, known as prostaglandins, which are formed in the lining of the uterus and force the uterine muscles to contract. Women with higher levels of this chemical usually experience excessive pain in the lower abdomen during their period.

Most women will experience some form of menstrual cramp, although milder pain can be alleviated through a number of self-care treatments including:

  • Heat – apply heat pads or a hot water bottle onto the affected area to reduce your period pains
  • Exercise – yoga has been proven to lessen the painful symptoms during your period
  • Reduce your tobacco and alcohol intake – both substances are harmful to the body, so it is best to avoid them whilst menstruating

If none of the above treatments work, and you continue to suffer from severe menstrual cramps that affect your everyday routine, then an endometriosis diagnosis is possible.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common gynaecological issue, which involves tissue from the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) forming in places it shouldn’t. This could include the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the bladder, and in some cases, it can spread to the bowel, lungs and even the brain.

This displacement of tissue can cause internal bleeding, inflammation, adhesions and blood-filled cysts, which are usually the main reason for experiencing excruciating menstrual pain.

In addition to menstrual cramps, you may also feel discomfort whilst using the toilet, heavy periods, pain in the lower back, and fatigue. Endometriosis can also cause fertility problems. Although, in some cases, you may not experience any symptoms at all.

Endometriosis treatments

Here at MAS Gynaecology, our expert gynaecologists can prescribe hormone medication or, for more severe cases, surgery – which should prevent the above effects.

Our senior consultant, Mr Mohammad Masood has over 20 years’ experience as a gynaecologist. He specialises in keyhole surgeries, such as laparoscopic surgery – which is the only procedure that can determine the diagnosis of endometriosis. So, you can rest knowing you’re in safe hands.

The laparoscopy procedure

Before laparoscopic surgery, you will be given a local anaesthetic to put you to sleep during the surgery. Once you are unconscious, one of our appointed surgeons will make a small incision by your belly button, allowing them to fill your abdomen with gas to get a better look at the damage. A laparoscope – which is a minuscule camera attached to a tube – is then inserted to scan your pelvic organs for scar tissue, which can take from 30 minutes to 6 hours to remove – dependent on the damage.

After your laparoscopy, you will usually be allowed to go home, unless one of our doctors believes you require additional care. You may feel some discomfort when you wake up, and you will be advised to rest and avoid any activities – such as driving, sex, and swimming – until you are told otherwise.

Contact MAS for endometriosis treatment

If after reading our blog, you relate to many of the symptoms mentioned above, then you may be eligible for endometriosis treatment.

If you require laparoscopic surgery, our gynaecologists will treat your case with care by offering a holistic and comfortable approach to alleviate your symptoms and prevent infertility.

If you would like to find out more information on our endometriosis treatments, you can enquire today or call us directly on 0782 5297 0530.

Each woman experiences a period in a different way to other women, but what is true for all women is that their period is an excellent indicator of their general health. Your period can highlight any changes to your well being that you may not have been aware of. Regular periods are a great gage that you are in good health, whereas irregular flows, heavy periods or painful periods can indicate conditions that you should seek to look further into.

Periods and health go hand in hand so it is important that if you have any concerns regarding your period that you get in touch with MAS Gynaecology. We offer consultations, diagnosis and treatment at our relaxing, private gynaecology clinic in London.

Our expert team here at MAS, which includes both male and female gynaecologists, have put together a number of health issues and conditions that women may come to recognise through the level of regularity and consistency of their periods.

Thyroid Problems
If your periods are irregular then this change in your period could mean that there may be problems with your thyroid. Issues with the thyroid can lead to a number of other noticeable things such as weight gain, fatigue or depression.

Stress can also massively impact your periods, they can become irregular and even stop altogether. So, if that occurs it could be an indicator that you are stressed and may need to take the time to visit a doctor to discuss the options at your disposal, especially with it effecting your periods and general health.

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Weight Issues
Being at a healthy weight allows your hormones to remain balanced, which gives you the best chance of having regular, consistent periods. However, if you over or underweight, then your hormone balance can be impacted. This can also can cause irregular periods, while in extreme cases in which weight gain or loss is combined with overtraining then your periods can stop completely. If you have steady, uninterrupted periods then it is most likely you are at a healthy weight.

Reproductive System Problems
Changes in your period, particularly if they become heavy or painful can mean that there is possibly problems with your reproductive system. If there are any issues with your period it is always a good idea to arrange a visit to a private gynaecology clinic such as MAS. These changes to your period could be sign of endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) therefore it is always better to get a consultation from a health professional rather than suffering in silence.

Each woman who visits our discrete, calming clinic is different from the next, so our consultations are tailored to each individual patient to ensure they receive the highest level of care possible. Each woman receives a detailed diagnosis and treatment while at MAS Gynaecology.

To arrange a consultation regarding periods and health, please visit our contact page or call us on 0782 597 0530. Our expert team will be more than happy to address your concerns and to provide you with any information you require regarding visiting our private gynaecology clinic in London.

There are many uses and advantages of laparoscopic surgery, which is also known as keyhole surgery, when it comes to gynaecology. MAS Gynaecology’s consultant gynaecologist Mohammad Masood specialises in laparoscopic surgery and his expertise in this area allows for our patients to feel as though they are undergoing a less invasive surgery and one that is taking place in a calming, discrete environment.

Amongst the advantages of laparoscopic surgery are that it can help to treat gynaecological issues that may affect a couple from conceiving.  The benefits of laparoscopy for infertility are that conditions such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis, which can prevent conception in certain cases, can be treated and eradicated in a way that leaves minimal scarring and has a significantly lower recovery time compared to more invasive surgeries. Specialist laparoscopic surgeons like Mr Masood can perform big operations like hysterectomy through keyhole surgery.

Laparoscopic Surgery Advantages

To perform laparoscopic surgery Mr Masood will make a small incision into your lower abdomen. This will allow for both the treatment and diagnosis of gynaecological conditions and because of the minimality of the surgery our patients will be able to benefit from being able to return home on the same day in most cases. Another advantage is that the procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic, so you will feel no pain whatsoever during the surgery. There are no unsighted scars.

The name laparoscopic surgery comes from the word laparoscope, which is a medical instrument that has a minuscule camera on the end. It is this small camera that allows MAS Gynaecology to see any issues and then to use their expertise to efficiently and effectively diagnose the exact gynaecological problem. Normally during diagnostic keyhole surgery, the procedure will take a shorter time than if a patient is receiving treatment.

Gynaecological Laparoscopy

One of the advantages of laparoscopic surgery is the vast amount of conditions it can diagnose and treat.

Among these conditions are the following:

As well as the above conditions, Mr Masood is experience and highly-qualified in keyhole surgery involving Sacrohysteropexy and Sacrocolpopexy surgeries. These procedures rectify womb and pelvic organ prolapses.

An initial common consultation with us will decide if a gynaecological laparoscopy is the correct type of surgery for you to receive. Your age, general medical condition and weight will be factors in deciding if this surgery is right for you, while there simply could be other forms of treatment which are better suited for your individual case.

If you believe you are suffering from a gynaecological problem that MAS Gynaecology could diagnose, and then treat, with laparoscopic surgery, or you would simply like a general consultation, please do not hesitate to visit our contact page to get in touch our expert team. You can also call us directly on 0782 597 0530.

Heavy periods occur when a woman loses significantly more blood during their period than what they would consider as normal for them. Heavy periods also known as menorrhagia in the medical world, is known to affect roughly 1 in 3 women during their life at one point or another but what can be done to treat heavy periods?

Bleeding from a heavy period is not always a sign that there is something to be seriously concerned about, although a heavy period can prove to be a massive inconvenience when it comes to living your daily life. Period pain is known to usually accompany heavy periods, so if you suffer a combination of the two it is always recommended to get checked out by our consultant gynaecologist at MAS Gynaecology.

What is classed a Heavy Period?

It is difficult to decide if a period is particularly heavy as the amount of blood lost during a period varies from woman to woman – what would be classed a heavy for one woman could be considered normal for another. Doctors will normally class a period as heavy if you lose over 80ml of blood during it, but this is obviously very difficult to precisely measure.

Most women will know how much they usually bleed during their period, so they are likely to notice that they have bled an excessive amount compared to normal.

There are, however, a few indictors that you are suffering from heavy periods, including:
• During your period you have bled heavily onto your bedding or through your clothes
• You feel that you must use pads and tampons together during your period
• You have used considerably more pads and tampons during a period than you normally do

Known Causes of Heavy Periods

The causes of a heavy period can very often remain unidentified, but despite this several factors or conditions have been known to cause a heavy period.

They are not limited to but include:
• Under-active Thyroid – This can cause you to have no, irregular or heavy periods
• Age – Heavy periods are most commonly known to affect aged between 30 and 49
• Medication – Certain types of medication which prevent blood clots, such as warfarin, can cause heavy periods
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – this is a well-known medical condition in women which sometimes causes irregular periods, which when they start again can be quite heavy
• Fibroids – non-cancerous polyps or growths, of varying sizes and shapes, that can occur in the uterus wall and lining
• Endometriosis – lining or tissue otherwise found in the womb is found in other areas of the body such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes

Many women will ask “are heavy periods a sign of the menopause?” and before a woman’s periods stop completely because of the menopause it has been known for changes in their regular menstrual cycle to occur. Therefore, heavy periods can be linked to the menopause though this is more likely with women who are aged between 45 and 55, the age the menopause normally occurs.

Will a heavy period stop me from conceiving?

Simply suffering a heavy period will not change how likely you are to conceive or not. However, some of the known causes of heavy bleeding will affect your chances of getting pregnant. Fibroids, as mentioned in the section above, can cause heavy periods and they are known to affect how fertile you are.

During your visit to MAS Gynaecology, you should make it known that you would like to have children at some point in your life or that you are currently trying to get pregnant. Your consultant gynaecologist will need to know this as it will influence your potential treatment choices.

Will I need surgery to Treat heavy periods?

The cause of your heavy period will determine if you need to have surgery or not. Normally, non-surgical procedures and the use of medication are the treatment methods used first when it comes to heavy periods.

Surgery to stop heavy periods is normally only used as a last resort when the regular treatment methods have proven to be unsuccessful. The type or level of surgery you would receive depends on your symptoms and their severity.

Getting treatment for my heavy periods at MAS Gynaecology has changed my life!

Many women usually suffer through their heavy periods without visiting a doctor or consultant gynaecologist. They sometimes go months or even years before eventually seeking medical help and attention, which could not only treat their condition but vastly improve their quality of life.

We have been offering therapies to treat heavy periods for decades at MAS Gynaecology. By opting to go private with us you can remove all the stress that many women experience when visiting their regular GP. If you are looking for a diagnosis or a general consultation regarding heavy periods or if you already know the cause of your heavy periods, then get in touch with our team.

The professional and discrete staff and consultants are MAS are with you from the start of your treatment all the way to the finish. Call us on 0782 597 0530 to discuss matters further and to arrange a consultation.