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Doctor insights on: Do You Need A Full Bladder For A Transvaginal Us

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Why did they ask me to keep a full bladder for my transvaginal ultrasound?

Why did they ask me to keep a full bladder for my transvaginal ultrasound?

A window: The urine acts as a window to allow the ound waves to more clearly "see" the structures in your pelvis. ...Read more

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Can interstitial cystitis cause sharp shooting vaginal and rectal pain in addition to cramping w/ full bladder? A urologist I knows says "nope". Ic doesn't do that.

Can interstitial cystitis cause sharp shooting vaginal and rectal pain in addition to cramping w/ full bladder? A urologist I knows says "nope". Ic doesn't do that.

Consider workup: While it is possible that ic can cause quite severe pelvic floor pain, you should be seen by a urologist who is familiar with ic. Make sure there is not something else going on to cause your pain, such as endometriosis, infection, abscess, mass. ...Read more

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Are fibroids palpable if you are not full bladder?

Can be: Feeling a fibroid depends on its size and location and not whether or not your bladder is full. To be felt the fibroid has to be big enough and be located in the front part of the uterus. Because the bladder is located in front of the uterus, these fibroids will often compress the bladder to cause increase urinary frequency and nocturia (waking up at night to urinate). ...Read more

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Are fibroids better palpable if your full bladder?

Are fibroids better palpable if your full bladder?

Sometimes : Not to the doctor vaginally, but a full bladder will make them easier to sense as they will increase the amount of pressure on your bladder, if small it may make them actually harder to feel. ...Read more