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Transvaginal ultrasound

transvaginal ultrasound information at kegel8Transvaginal ultrasound, also known as Endovaginal ultrasound, is a procedure used to look at pelvic organs, including the uterus (womb), cervix and ovaries.

What is the Transvaginal ultrasound procedure?

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The transducer (probe) is inserted into the vagina, it sends out sound waves which are recorded and displayed on a computer monitor screen. The transducer probe can then be moved around to get a clearer picture of the pelvic organs..

In special cases where the uterus needs to be viewed a special transvaginal ultrasound method called saline infusion sonography (SIS) may be used.

Is there Transvaginal ultrasound pain?

The transvaginal ultrasound test is usually quite painless, although some women report mild discomfort from the probe.

Why have a Transvaginal ultrasound procedure?

Transvaginal ultrasound may be performed to investigate the following:

  • To check cysts, fibroids or other growths
  • To examine menstrual problems and/or abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Transvaginal ultrasound investigates certain types of infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • To examine ectopic pregnancy
  • Normal examination during pregnancy

Transvaginal ultrasound Test Results

Normal test results - transvaginal ultrasound performed during pregnancy can be used to determine that the foetus is normal and pelvic support structures are sufficient.

Abnormal test results can point to many conditions:

  • birth defects in pregnancy,
  • uterine cancer and cancer of the ovaries, vagina, and other pelvic structures.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Pelvic infection including pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Growths in or around the pelvic organs such as ovarian cysts or fibroids
  • Twisted ovary

Transvaginal ultrasound risks

Transvaginal ultrasound does not use X-rays so there is no danger of radiation side effects, and there are no known harmful effects of this type of ultrasound.

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