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Transvaginal Ultrasound

A transvaginal ultrasound provides a picture of a woman’s reproductive organs.  A transvaginal ultrasound helps your doctor diagnose medical conditions. A transvaginal ultrasound also may be done during a woman’s first trimester of pregnancy. It will show a picture of how a baby is growing in the womb.

What is a transvaginal ultrasound?

Your ob-gyn or other healthcare provider may schedule you for a transvaginal ultrasound. A transvaginal ultrasound is done by putting a probe into your vagina. The test sends out sound waves to create images. A transvaginal ultrasound looks at a woman’s uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix and vagina. The test is safe and painless.

Why would I need a transvaginal ultrasound?

A transvaginal ultrasound is used to:

  • Check for cysts, fibroid tumors or other growths

  • Help diagnose pelvic pain or pelvic infection

  • Look for causes of unusual vaginal bleeding or menstrual problems

  • Check on a woman’s pregnancy

  • Make sure baby is growing normally during pregnancy

Getting the results of a transvaginal ultrasound

A transvaginal ultrasound takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. A radiologist and technician will view the results of your transvaginal ultrasound, and send the findings to your provider. Your provider will let you know about any treatment needed.

Talk to your provider if you have questions about a transvaginal ultrasound. Your provider will give you the information you need about your pelvic ultrasound or other scheduled medical test. 




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MaineHealth provides obstetrics and gynecology services at doctor’s offices, specialty clinics and community hospitals. The OB-GYNs at MaineHealth provide women’s reproductive care that is skilled and compassionate.