A transvaginal ultrasound scan is a vital fertility procedure if you wish to have a baby. Mostly, women undergo their first abdominal scan at 12th week once of pregnancy. However, not everyone is blessed with the fortune of having a successful pregnancy at once. There are various physical reasons that can be ruled out as a cause of being unable to become pregnant. A transvaginal ultrasound is a low-cost, safe and effective method to examine your reproductive organs – cervix, fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries. Fertility patients usually get transvaginal ultrasounds routinely during their treatment. A simple and easy transvaginal ultrasound can cut short your struggle to conceive as it gives you a complete outlook on the present condition of your reproductive system.
What happens during a transvaginal ultrasound scan?
A gel lubricated probe is inserted about three inches deep into your vagina. Harmless sound waves generate graphic images of your pelvic organs. The created pictures are clear making it easier for the doctor to detect any problem. A transvaginal ultrasound scan takes not more than 15 minutes and is a trouble-free procedure.
Why is a transvaginal ultrasound done?
Here are a few reasons as to why transvaginal ultrasound is important for you.
1. Diagnosis of uterine fibroids.
Fibroids are benign growths in the uterus. Around 1 in every 4 women has fibroids and they are unaware of it. Depending upon the size and location of fibroids, few fibroids may make it difficult for you to conceive or increase miscarriage possibilities.
2. Detection of ovarian cysts.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled structures and do not affect your potential to conceive. Cysts come and go but in case of endometriosis or PCOS, your fertility level may be challenged. Through transvaginal ultrasound examinations, ovarian cysts can be identified in no time.
3. Assessment of the uterine lining.
A transvaginal ultrasound helps in assessing the thickness of your uterine lining. If you have a thin uterine lining, then you are not pregnant since you should have a thick uterine lining if you are pregnant. Also, if you are undergoing an IVF with egg donor, having a transvaginal scan during stimulation is a good option.
4. Measuring follicle growth.
A transvaginal ultrasound is highly crucial for women having super ovulation as it helps the sonographer to measure the size and number of developing follicles. Typically, a patient requires 1-4 transvaginal ultrasound scans before hCG trigger and egg aspiration.
5. Determine pregnancy.
Fertility patients are advised to get a transvaginal ultrasound done at 7th week of having a positive pregnancy test. In this case, it will indicate if you have an ectopic pregnancy or conditions of blighted ovum. Also, it helps track the fetal heart activity. This is why; a transvaginal ultrasound is an optimal means to examine these things. In fact, not only fertility patients but every pregnant woman should get a scan done at 7th week to avoid future stress.
6. Presence of Hydrosalpinx.
It is the collection of fluids in your fallopian tubes which may have an adverse effect on a normal or IVF pregnancy. A transvaginal ultrasound is an easy to observe these hydrosalpinges.
7. Occurrence of PID.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a medical condition that affects your fertility. Your doctor may examine you on the basis of touch and swabs but a transvaginal ultrasound is a more effective PID identifier.
8. Crosscheck Cancer.
A Transvaginal ultrasound scan gives a clear view of the women’s lower organs namely uterus, ovaries, kidneys and bladder. It helps discover a mass (tumor) in the ovary but this is not a strong evidence to indicate whether the mass is cancer or benign.
So when you think of having a baby, having a scan done is a no-brainer.
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