What is a transvaginal ultrasound?

A transvaginal ultrasound is a pelvic ultrasound that is used to see reproductive organs. For example, the uterusovariescervix, and vagina.

The procedure involves the internal use of an ultrasound wand, rather than simply applying the wand to the outside of the pelvis as done in a regular pelvic ultrasound.

What to expect from a transvaginal ultrasound

You will be asked to remove your clothes and put on a gown or cover for the procedure. You may be asked to have an empty or partially filled bladder at the time of the ultrasound, this will depend on what the doctor is looking for. This is because it lifts the intestines away and allows for a clearer picture of your pelvic organs. You can have this procedure performed during your period or if you’re spotting, but if you are wearing a tampon, you will have to take it out before the ultrasound.

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