Transvaginal Ultrasound: What You Need To Know

Written by: Neelu Prajapat.

If you are pregnant, you will likely have a transvaginal ultrasound at some point during your pregnancy. This type of ultrasound is used to examine the baby and the mother’s reproductive organs. It is a safe and common procedure that most women undergo without any problems. In this blog post, we will discuss what to expect during a transvaginal ultrasound scan.¬†

What Is A Transvaginal Ultrasound?

A transvaginal ultrasound can be used to examine the pelvic organs like the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.

It can also be used to:

  • Evaluate the cause of pelvic pain
  • Infertility
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Guide procedures such as¬†biopsy¬†or¬†surgery

During pregnancy, your doctor may recommend a transvaginal ultrasound to:

  • Evaluate the position of the embryo
  • Monitor the growth and development of the fetus
  • Detect multiple pregnancies
  • Check for¬†placental¬†¬†position and¬†amniotic¬†fluid
  • Examine the placental abnormalities
  • Recognize the source of any abnormal bleeding to help prevent further complications
  • Diagnose a possible miscarriage

What Are The Risks?

Transvaginal ultrasound is generally safe and there are no known risks. You may experience some discomfort during the procedure, which goes away over time. The most common risk is a vaginal infection, which can usually be treated with antibiotics. 

What Should I Expect During The Procedure?

You will be asked to lay down on an examination table with your private area exposed. A small probe called a transducer is coated with a lubricating gel and inserted into your vagina. When the transducer is inserted into your vagina, it emits sound waves which bounce off your internal organs and transmit pictures of the inside of your pelvis onto a monitor for the doctor to assess. The entire procedure usually takes 30 minutes.

You may experience a bit of discomfort throughout the transvaginal sonography, which is to be expected.

At What Point During The Pregnancy Does a Transvaginal Ultrasound Take Place?

Transvaginal ultrasounds usually take place during the first trimester of pregnancy but can be performed at any time if necessary.

Is It Possible For A Pregnant Lady With A Short Cervix To Have A Transvaginal Ultrasound?

Yes, a pregnant lady with a short cervix (the length of your cervix is shorter than normal) can have a transvaginal ultrasound. In fact, this type of ultrasound can be very beneficial for women with a short cervix and is the most reliable way to diagnose a short cervix. 

A transvaginal ultrasound allows the doctor to get a better view of the baby and the cervix. This can help to determine if there are any problems with the baby or the cervix.

If you have a short cervix, it is important to talk to your doctor about the possibility of having a transvaginal ultrasound. This type of ultrasound can help to ensure that your baby is healthy and that the cervix is not a problem.

 Sources:

What Is A Transvaginal Ultrasound? / Healthline

Transvaginal Ultrasound / Medline Plus