What is a pelvic ultrasound?

A pelvic ultrasound is a procedure that uses sound waves to provide visual images of the organs and structures in the pelvis. The exam can show images of your uterus, cervix, vagina, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. It’s also commonly called a pelvic scan or gynecologic ultrasound.

When is a pelvic ultrasound needed?

If you have symptoms of a gynecological condition, your physician at Pure OBGYN might recommend a pelvic ultrasound. It’s a non-invasive way to see the inside of the body and to spot changes in the female reproductive organs.

The exam might be helpful if you have conditions like:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic prolapse
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder tumors
  • Cervical polyps

A pelvic ultrasound can give your physician a much clearer picture of what’s happening in your reproductive organs so they can make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

What happens during my pelvic ultrasound appointment?

There are generally three types of pelvic ultrasounds:

  • Abdominal
  • Vaginal
  • Rectal

The technology works the same for each one, but the methods are slightly different. With an abdominal ultrasound, you lie on an exam table and your physician applies a gel to the skin of your lower abdomen. They gently run the ultrasound “wand” over the area until they can access a clear picture of your organs.

With a vaginal or rectal ultrasound, they insert a special instrument into your body instead of over the skin.

Your physician may be able to show you pictures of your organs and explain why you’re experiencing symptoms.

What can I expect after a pelvic ultrasound?

After your ultrasound, you can return to your normal activities. Since a pelvic ultrasound is generally used as a diagnostic tool, it’s often the first step before treatment.

Your physician at Pure OBGYN then creates a custom treatment plan depending on your needs. During the course of your treatment, or after treatment is complete, your doctor might recommend another pelvic ultrasound to check on the progress of your reproductive health.

To learn more about the pelvic ultrasound procedure, contact Pure OBGYN today. Call the office or click to book an appointment online.