Have you heard that you may need a pelvic ultrasound? If you have never had one before, you may be wondering what to expect. Plus, you may be wondering exactly why you may need this test. While the best way to get all the facts is to schedule a consultation, we can help you understand some of the most common reasons why a pelvic ultrasound may be ordered.
Most people believe that ultrasounds are used almost exclusively by women who are pregnant. However, this is simply not the case because ultrasounds can show much more than just fetal structures. They can actually be used to see many of your organs that are located in your lower abdomen and within your pelvis. Many times, our practitioner will order this type of ultrasound if you are complaining of unexplained pelvic pain or are having unexplained bleeding in the area.
For women, the ultrasound may be transabdominal or transvaginal. Our practitioner may order one to see your uterus, bladder, cervix, fallopian tubes or ovaries. During a transabdominal ultrasound, the transducer will be moved firmly over your abdomen. With the transvaginal test, the narrow transducer will be moved inside your vagina. Women often have pelvic ultrasounds to diagnose unexpected menstrual bleeding, determine IUD placement, diagnose uterine tumors or polyps, check for pelvic inflammatory disease and monitor the ovaries as part of infertility treatments.
All ultrasounds are non-invasive, meaning that they do not break the skin or your mucous membranes. You will not need any anesthesia for the procedure and should not experience much discomfort. After the test is completed, you will be able to go home without any recovery time.
Are you wondering if a pelvic ultrasound may be able to shed some light on a physical issue that you may be experiencing? These diagnostic tools are quite safe and easy to use and are a great way to see many structures and organs located in the pelvis. It can help our doctor diagnose you correctly and can guide our team of experts into just the right treatment to best meet your body’s needs.
To get your pelvic ultrasound scheduled, or to learn more information, make an appointment at Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health. Contact us today to set up an appointment at our office in Scottsdale, AZ!