Caring for feminine health can be a challenge, but specialized tools and devices can help your provider stay ahead of any potential issues that you may be experiencing with your reproductive organs. While X-rays require providers to leave the room to protect themselves from harmful rays, ultrasound imaging is completely safe for everyone in the room.
Transvaginal ultrasound is a painless, harmless technology offered by the offices of Daniel Esteves, MD. Dr. Esteves is a board-certified OB/GYN who provides high-quality women’s health services in Lawrenceville, Georgia. If you’ve been experiencing unusual feminine health symptoms, a transvaginal ultrasound might help Dr. Esteves help you.
Why would I need a transvaginal ultrasound?
If you have female reproductive organs — a vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries — transvaginal ultrasounds can help Dr. Esteves understand what is bothering you and offer tests to figure out the possible causes. Common reasons that a transvaginal ultrasound is recommended include:
- Menstrual problems
- Unusual bleeding
- Possible tumors, cysts, or unusual growths
- Previous ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic pain
- Living with PCOS
Dr. Esteves may recommend a transvaginal ultrasound while you’re pregnant in order to monitor and protect the unborn child. Transvaginal ultrasounds can be used to monitor the fetus’ heartbeat, verify the start date of your pregnancy, confirm that you do not have an ectopic pregnancy, or check the condition of your placenta.
For biological women who are not pregnant, a transvaginal ultrasound offers a more complete picture of your reproductive health, allowing Dr. Esteves to safely and effectively examine the entire reproductive system, including your:
- Fallopian tubes
Dr. Esteves can also see if you’re suffering from fibroids, or polyps. Transvaginal ultrasounds also allow Dr. Esteves to confirm that, if you have an IUD, it has been placed properly. Even if you are not pregnant, or have not experienced any feminine reproductive health issues, you should not need an ultrasound, but Dr. Esteves may still recommend one as part of a routine check-up.
What happens during a transvaginal ultrasound?
Whether ultrasounds are used to better view your reproductive organs, your lungs, or even your brain, these are painless procedures that, at worst, may feel like a Pap smear. When you come in for a transvaginal ultrasound, we guide you to lay comfortably on a table, and ask you to undress from the waist down.
Once you’re laying down, we place the heels of your feet in stirrups, and use a water-based lubricant to prepare the handheld piece of the ultrasound, the transducer. The narrow, lubricated transducer is gently inserted into your vagina, and moved slowly to take a picture of the inside of your vagina, and other organs in your reproductive system. Once we’ve secured the images, you’re free to get dressed.
The process may take up to one hour, and doesn’t require any sort of sedative, so you can go right back to your daily activities after your ultrasound. Your results will be available within 48 hours, and we will contact you to discuss them. If anything concerning is indicated on your ultrasound, we may have you come into the office to discuss treatment options.
I’ve had some feminine discomfort, and I don’t know what to do.
Dr. Esteves is an experienced women’s health professional who offers compassionate care in a warm and affirming environment. If you’re having feminine health issues, Dr. Esteves sits with you for a full consultation, which includes going over your medical history. If Dr. Esteves determines that you need a transvaginal ultrasound, we will schedule the procedure for you as soon as possible. Call us for more information at 770-676-6878 or book an appointment with us online.