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A Transvaginal or Endovaginal ultrasound is a pelvic sonogram performed in females to evaluate the size and shape of the uterus, endometrium, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes and the urinary bladder. It is commonly ordered by a physician to evaluate patients with pelvic pain, causes of irregular vaginal bleeding, IUD placement and many other pelvic related issues like pelvic inflammatory disease.

 

 A transvaginal ultrasound, also called an endovaginal ultrasound, is a type of pelvic ultrasound and is ordered by a physician to examine female reproductive organs. Unlike a regular abdominal or pelvic ultrasound, where the ultrasound wand (transducer) rests on the outside of the pelvis, this procedure involves your doctor or a technologist inserting an ultrasound probe about 2 or 3 inches into your vaginal canal.

 

How do I prepare for this test?
You may eat regular meals prior to the exam. If you have your menstrual period and are wearing a tampon, you will need to remove it before the ultrasound. “Transvaginal” means “through the vagina.” This is an internal examination and it is done with an empty bladder which means, you will use the bathroom before the test.

 

What happens during the exam?
Once inside the examination room, the patient will need to undress from the waist down, lay down on the edge of the ob/gyn table (table used at your gynecologist for vaginal examinations), cover herself from the waist down with a drape sheet, bend her knees and carefully place her feet on the stirrups (feet holder at the end of the table).

 

The sonographer will cover the transducer with a condom and lubricating gel and may ask for the patient to insert the transducer into the vagina, while covered with the drape sheet (this process is commonly done so the patient can maintain her privacy and lessen her discomfort). During the transducer insertion, people may feel some pressure and minimal discomfort. This feeling should subside once the ultrasound has finished.

 

Is it safe?
Unlike traditional X-rays, a transvaginal ultrasound does not use any radiation. As a result, it is a very safe procedure with no known risks (It is perfectly safe to perform transvaginal ultrasounds when women are pregnant, and the procedure presents no risk to the fetus).

 

It is essential to always communicate with the sonographer or doctor performing the examination and to let them know if anything feels particularly uncomfortable.

 

How long will it take?
About twenty minutes.

 

Will it hurt?
This examination might feel mildly uncomfortable but unusually painful. However, the technologist is specially trained and will explain the procedure as it’s being performed.

 

How will I learn the results?
You may call your doctor to discuss the results.

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