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Dull on/off pain in right lower pelvis. IUD inserted 1 mo ago. Pelvis/transvaginal ultrasound came back normal. Should any other tests be done?

Dull on/off pain in right lower pelvis. IUD inserted 1 mo ago. Pelvis/transvaginal ultrasound came back normal. Should any other tests be done?

Give it time: It is possible to have bidding changes or intermittent pain within the first 3-6mos of IUD use. Given normal location on ultrasound, I recommend a trial of Ibuprofen or Naproxen for pain. ...Read more

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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Is a pelvic ultrasound as good as a transvaginal u/s at measuring size of ovaries? Are they both accurate?

Is a pelvic ultrasound as good as a transvaginal u/s at measuring size of ovaries? Are they both accurate?

Possibly equal: It really all depends on how well the ovaries are seen. If the bladder is full and the ovaries are well demonstrated transabdominally then measurements will be as accurate. Transvaginal ultrasound usually provides a more detailed look at the ovaries because the transducer is right next to them. However, sometimes the ovaries are hard to find transvaginally. Each patient is different. ...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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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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Screening for myomas. This should be done with transvaginal / rectal ultrasound or is still possible via transabdominal USG? I'm still a virgin.

Screening for myomas. This should be done with transvaginal / rectal ultrasound or is still possible via transabdominal USG? I'm still a virgin.

Transabdominal ok: With modern u/s technology, larger myomas can usually be seen on a transabdominal ultrasound. In some women (such as a very obese women), its not possible to see them and a transvaginal u/s is needed. In my practice, we don't do ANY rectal ultrasounds to look for fibroids. Its easier to see the uterus with a transvaginal u/s but transabdominal is usually adequate. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Hi I had a pelvic ultrasound done, it wasn't a transvaginal, it was a normal pelvic ultrasound. If I was 9 weeks preg, would they be able to see it?

Hi I had a pelvic ultrasound done, it wasn't a transvaginal, it was a normal pelvic ultrasound. If I was 9 weeks preg, would they be able to see it?

Ambivalent: At 9 weeks gestation by last menstrual period a transabdominal ultrasound should pick up the pregnancy. If it doesn't, it should be followed immediately by a transvaginal ultrasound. The rationale for first trimester ultrasound is to determine, whether there is one or more embryo's, whether there is a heart beat or not, and whether the pregnancy is in the uterus or outside. ...Read more

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Which ultrasound is more accurate transvaginal or pelvic?

Which ultrasound is more accurate transvaginal or pelvic?

See answer: They are usually complementary. Endovaginal us usually give an improved view of the endometrial stripe, ovaries, and uterine parenchyma. Trans-abdominal us shows a more comprehensive “overview” of the entire uterus and it’s relationship to the bladder and pelvis and may identify ovaries that are more widely positioned. ...Read more

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For cvs will I be having a transabdominal ultrasound or transvaginal?

Transabdominal: Most cvs procedure are performed through the cervix and vagina, and the ultrasound done to guide the doctor is done transabdominally. ...Read more

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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?

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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My doctor referred me to do a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. What is this for?

My doctor referred me to do a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. What is this for?

Assess uterus/pelvis: Your physician would order such a test for imaging of your ovaries, uterus, tubes (or all female pelvic organs). Please discuss with your doctor what the indication and anticipated information is. It is a very safe and painless test that may cause some discomfort due to the insertion of a vaginal probe. ...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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When would I need a transabdominal and a transvaginal ultrasound scan?

When would I need a transabdominal and a transvaginal ultrasound scan?

Most of the time: In my practice i routinely use both transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound when examining the adult female pelvis. These two techniques are complimentary. The transvaginal exam can often give us information not available on the transabdominal exam. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean if fluid was found in a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound?

It depends: There is a small amount of normal fluid in the pelvis that is often seen on ultrasound. The answer to your question depends on how much fluid, what kind of fluid (what it looks like on us) and where the fluid is. ...Read more