Who Needs a Transvaginal Ultrasound?

An ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to create a picture of organs and structures inside your body. Sometimes referred to as a sonogram, an ultrasound is commonly used to confirm a pregnancy and check on your growing baby. However, it is also used to detect blockages and other abnormalities in your body unrelated to pregnancy.

There are several types of ultrasounds. The one that people are most familiar with is an abdominal ultrasound. This device uses a wand, also called a transducer, on the outside of your belly so that you and the doctor can see your baby and hear their heartbeat.

Another type of ultrasound machine is called a transvaginal ultrasound. With this ultrasound, the transducer is inserted inside the vagina. The expert and compassionate team of OB/GYNS at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC in Helena, Montana, uses both types of ultrasounds to help diagnose and evaluate various women’s health needs. Here, they explain when and why they use a transvaginal ultrasound.

What is a transvaginal ultrasound?

All ultrasounds, including transvaginal ultrasound, are safe, painless, and effective ways to see inside the body. They are often used as a diagnostic tool. 

During a transvaginal ultrasound, you’ll lay back on the doctor’s table with your feet in stirrups. The doctor or technician then inserts a transducer, also called a probe, covered with a condom and gel. While the procedure may feel strange or uncomfortable at first, it’s quick and painless. This probe transfers sound waves into images that appear on a screen for the doctor to view. 

Why is a transvaginal ultrasound used? 

This type of ultrasound is used to help diagnose pelvic pain or problems or abnormal bleeding. The procedure allows your doctor to detect any abnormalities in your pelvic region, which includes your:

A transvaginal ultrasound can help diagnose health issues such as fibroids, endometriosis, polyps, ovarian cysts, and infertility. Sometimes, this type of ultrasound is used early in a pregnancy. 

The reason for a transvaginal rather than abdominal ultrasound is that it provides more detailed pictures of the organs in the pelvic region. Fortunately, there are no side effects with either type of ultrasound, and you’re free to resume all normal activities afterward.

Are you experiencing pelvic pain? Call the Women’s Health Care Center or book an appointment online to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate providers.

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