The use of transvaginal ultrasound allows us a simple yet effective way to investigate the overall health of your reproductive organs.
Why do we use ultrasound?
During fertility testing, an ultrasound scan can provide valuable information on the ovaries, endometrial lining, the uterus and the ovarian reserve. A specialised ultrasound called a HyCoSy (with link to that page on that word) can also be used to evaluate the uterine shape in more detail, and determine whether the fallopian tubes are open or blocked.
Does the ultrasound hurt?
No. It is not painful but can be mildly uncomfortable. The transvaginal probe is inserted into the vagina in order to carry out the procedure.
How long does it take?
The scan shouldn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes.
Is the ultrasound effective at showing potential fertility issues?
The ultrasound is usually one of the first tests carried out and will verify that the uterus and both ovaries are present. Ultrasounds can commonly show abnormal findings such as ovarian cysts which could be an indication of conditions such an endometriosis.
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