Transvaginal sonography, also known as endovaginal ultrasound, is a kind of pelvic ultrasound conducted by doctors and medical specialists to monitor random female reproductive organs. During the process, organs like uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, and vagina are examined and observed for any possible issue.
Unlike a usual abdominal or pelvic ultrasound, where the ultrasound wand (transducer) is placed on the outer region of the pelvis, this procedure asks the doctors to insert an ultrasound probe for about 2 or 3 inches right into the vaginal canal.
Why and when you require transvaginal sonography ?
There are several reasons for you to opt for transvaginal sonography. Some of them are:
- Examining the pelvic or abdominal region in case of bleeding or pain
- Excessive vaginal bleeding
- Pain or bleeding around the Pelvic region
- During ectopic pregnancy (A medical condition where the fetus gets implanted on the outer region of the uterus, mainly in the fallopian tubes)
- To check for any issues leading to infertility
- To check for cysts or uterine fibroids
Beside all the above mentioned reasons, the doctors at New life hospitals may recommend you to opt for transvaginal sonography during pregnancy due to the below reasons:
- To track and monitor the Fetus’s heartbeat
- To check the cervix for any major changes that may result in several health complications like miscarriage or premature delivery
- Examining the placenta for abnormalities
- Identifying the source random abnormal bleeding
- diagnosing a possible miscarriage
- confirming an early pregnancy
Transvaginal sonography at New Life hospitals
Once a patient reaches out to one of our doctors or medical experts, he or she needs to go through a detailed session of one on one consultation. We generally ask the patient about any random issue or medical condition that is creating issues within the pelvic region.
Afterwards, the person is taken through the transvaginal sonography procedure. During the start, the patient has to lie down on her back on the examination table and further require to bend her knees. You may experience certain stirrups during the process but they may disappear afterwards.
Your doctor will then coat the ultrasound wand with a condom and lubricating gel, while further inserting it into the vagina. Please inform the doctor about any kind of latex allergies so as we can accommodate a latex-free probe cover when and wherever required.
You may experience certain pressure and stress once the doctor insert the transducer. The feeling holds similarity to the kind of pressure felt on course of a Pap smear when the doctor usually isnert a speculum into the vagina.
Once the transducer is properly inserted, certain sound waves will emerge out of your internal organs while projecting the happening inside the pelvis onto a TV monitor.
The Lab technician or doctor will slowly rotate the transducer while it’s still there within the pelvic region. This will further offer a detailed picture of the organs to the doctor, so as he or she can recommended the required treatment in the same respect.
The doctor may ask for a saline infusion sonography (SIS) that comes as a transvaginal ultrasound involving insertion of sterile salt water into the uterus before the ultrasound. This helps in identifying any possible issues or complications within the uterus.
The saline solution broadens the uterus a bit, while offering a thorough picture of the inner regions of the uterus
The only difference here is that the transvaginal sonography can be conducted on a pregnant woman or a woman with certain allergies or infection. On the other side, saline infusion sonography cannot be conducted in such cases.
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