Ultrasounds provide important diagnostic information about the health of your reproductive organs and, if you’re pregnant, the development of your baby. At Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. in San Antonio, Texas, the expert team of providers offers on-site ultrasounds to help you get the best diagnosis and treatment. If you have symptoms that suggest you need a pelvic ultrasound, call the office or book an appointment online.
A pelvic ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the organs inside your pelvis. It’s painless and safe, involving no radiation.
The procedure involves applying a probe to the diagnostic area, usually the abdomen, vagina, or lower pelvic area. The probe transmits high-frequency sound waves through a gel that an Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. team member applies to the area being viewed. The probe collects sounds that bounce back and a computer translates those sound waves into a picture.
Most of the organs in the pelvic area can be examined with ultrasound. These include:
If you have symptoms of pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, infertility, or pain during intercourse, the doctors at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. may order a pelvic ultrasound.
The specific procedure depends if you’re having an abdominal ultrasound or a transvaginal ultrasound.
For an abdominal ultrasound, your bladder should be full. You change into a hospital gown and the technician applies a warm gel to the outside of your abdomen. They then roll the wand over the diagnostic areas to get a picture of your organs.
For a transvaginal ultrasound, your bladder should be empty. As you lie on an exam table with your feet in stirrups, the technician covers the transducer wand with the gel and inserts it into your vagina. The sensation is much like putting in a tampon.
Ultrasounds shouldn’t hurt. A transvaginal ultrasound might be mildly uncomfortable or awkward, however.
The results of an ultrasound might reveal uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, scar tissue, or an ectopic pregnancy. When the Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. doctors analyze the images, they explain what the results mean and if you need treatment.
In some cases, the results of an ultrasound suggest you undergo additional tests, such as hysteroscopy or laparoscopy.
Ultrasounds help the doctors at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. gauge the development of your baby and estimate a due date. They can tell the sex and look for any potential abnormalities and defects. An ultrasound is also a super way for you to feel connected to your unborn child, as it provides you with an image of the life inside of you.
To learn more about pelvic ultrasounds, call Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. or book an appointment online.