Female Pelvic Ultrasound Exam: What You Need to Know


If you are struggling to conceive naturally, your doctor may recommend a female pelvic ultrasound exam. These ultrasounds may help determine whether there are underlying gynecological issues that are interfering with natural conception. A female pelvic ultrasound exam can also help your doctor determine the best fertility treatment for you.

What is involved in a female pelvic ultrasound exam?

A pelvic ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic exam that does not use ionizing radiation. This exam produces images of your uterus, ovaries, vagina and cervix, which are used to detect structural abnormalities and assess the viability of certain organs and structures. It may also survey the development of tissues so doctors can effectively time fertility treatments.

Common problems that can be identified during a female pelvic ultrasound exam

Pelvic ultrasounds can help diagnose reasons for infertility, pain and discomfort. Here are a few infertility-causing problems that can be easily identified:

  • Fibroids
  • Polyps
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic ovaries

Once you understand why you’re not getting pregnant, the skilled sonographers at Alaska Family Sonograms can help you determine the next best steps toward motherhood.

There are two methods for female pelvic ultrasound exams: Transabdominal and transvaginal

During a transabdominal ultrasound, a transducer is placed on the abdomen using the conductive gel. During a transvaginal ultrasound, a long, thin transducer is covered with the conducting gel and a plastic cover is placed into the vagina. In both methods, the transducer emits sound waves that enter the female pelvis and bounce back at different rates depending on the type of tissue they encountered.

Trust Alaska Family Sonograms when you need a pelvic ultrasound in Alaska. Our sonographers have over 20 years of experience capturing clear images, so our experienced doctors can easily and accurately evaluate follicle function and maturity. They are also skilled at looking for abnormalities, like cysts or fibroids, that may be impeding your fertility. Call 907-561-3601 to schedule an appointment.

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