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Does a pelvic transvaginal ultrasound hurt?

Does a pelvic transvaginal ultrasound hurt?

No: A transvaginal ultrasound is done by inserting an ultrasound probe into the vagina to better evaluate the pelvic organs. Lubrication is applied to the top of the probe to ease insertion. An ultrasound should not be painful. Some women describe a "pressure" sensation but pain should not be experienced. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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What's the difference between a pelvic ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound?

What's the difference between a pelvic ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound?

Nearly same...: There are two ways to image the pelvic organs. One is by transabdominal route (transducer in placed on the skin of lower abdomen with a distended urinary bladder); and the other is transvaginal ultrasound where the transducer is placed inside the vagina to assess pelvic organs. Transvaginal ultrasound means just that; whereas, pelvic ultrasound includes both transabdominal and transvaginal US. ...Read more

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Would a palpable soft tissue mass in pelvic area be seen on pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound?

Would a palpable soft tissue mass in pelvic area be seen on pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound?

Maybe: It depends upon where the soft tissue mass is. Transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound is great for evaluating the uterus, ovaries, bladder, and even the appendix (when it's inflamed). But it's not a great modality to evaluate intestinal, muscle, or fat masses. ...Read more

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Hi I am 27 and had a pelvic & a transvaginal ultrasound it was extremely painful and the tech said I have free fluid in my pelvic what does this mean?

Few things: Sometimes the exam can be painful just because it is an uncomfortable procedure other times because there is an abnormality they are pressing on. The free fluid depends on how much. A tiny amount is normal in females. ...Read more

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What's hiding my ovaries on a pelvic ultrasound? Can be seen on transvaginal ultrasound instead.

What's hiding my ovaries on a pelvic ultrasound? Can be seen on transvaginal ultrasound instead.

Normal variation: The position of the ovaries varies quite a bit from women to women within the pelvis. Secondly, gas within adjacent bowel loops will distort ultrasound images and 'hide' anything behind that loop. Thus looking from a different angle ie transvaginally, we can find the ovaries that we can see on the transabdominal portion of a scan. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me if the pelvic transvaginal ultrasound hurts like a pap?

Can anyone tell me if the pelvic transvaginal ultrasound hurts like a pap?

Neither should hurt: If pap smears were painful, please discuss it with your doctor. You may need to relax and not tense/constrict your vagina around the speculum. ...Read more

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I'm getting a pelvic/transvaginal ultrasound this monday. Not sure how they going to do it when I have a latex allergy.

I'm getting a pelvic/transvaginal ultrasound this monday. Not sure how they going to do it when I have a latex allergy.

Latex free- nitrile.: Latex allergy is common enough that hospitals and radiology departments have worked all this out. Please make sure they know you have latex allergy. Nitrile sheaths are sometimes used. ...Read more

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If I have a transvaginal ultrasound done and they still say nothing is wrong, should I push for a pelvic laprascopy? Have all the symptoms of endometriosis and have had tests done and dr's tell me see nothing wrong. Have very heavy and painful menstruatio

If I have a transvaginal ultrasound done and they still say nothing is wrong, should I push for a pelvic laprascopy? Have all the symptoms of endometriosis and have had tests done and dr's tell me see nothing wrong. Have very heavy and painful menstruatio

Hmmm, this can be : A tough one. Painful , heavy menses can be remedied with a trial of birth control pills or other forms of hormonal suppression depending on your medical history, etc. Might be best to try this before pursuing laparoscopy. Okay to ask your doctor about their opinion on surgery. Answer will depend on your particular situation. Don't be afraid to bring it up and one can also seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Transvaginal Ultrasound (Definition)

An ultrasound is an imaging study in which a probe emits and receives sound waves which rebound off of internal organs in order to visualize them. For a transvaginal ultrasound a specially designed probe is lubricated and placed into the vagina in order to better ...Read more


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