What is a Gynecological Ultrasound?

A gynecological or pelvic ultrasound is a diagnostic test to create images used to assess structures and organs within the female pelvis. It works by using ultrasound waves that move through the body to the structures and organs within. These waves bounce off these organs, returning and converting into images.

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A gynecological ultrasound is often performed to diagnose and evaluate:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • Pelvic pain.
  • Menstrual issues.
  • Pelvic infections.
  • Ovarian cysts.
  • The position of an IUD.
  • Uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • And much more.


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The Gynecological Ultrasound Procedure

To prepare for your pelvic ultrasound you may be asked to drink water before the exam to fill your bladder. This will make it easier for Dr. Tepper to assess the internal structures. You will be able to arrive with an empty bladder for a transvaginal ultrasound.

There are two different types of gynecological ultrasounds, including:

  • Pelvic or transabdominal ultrasound: This type of ultrasound is performed on your pelvic area and lower abdomen to check the bladder, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. A special ultrasound gel will be placed on this area and a probe called a transducer will be moved over it.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound: During a transvaginal ultrasound, an ultrasound probe will be inserted into the vagina and gently turned and angled. This may create some pressure. This exam is used to view the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.

You may need to have both types of ultrasounds performed during your exam, depending on why you are receiving an ultrasound. Once the ultrasound is completed, the gel will be removed from your skin and you will be able to use the restroom. The test generally takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Gynecological Ultrasound Results

Following your ultrasound, you can feel free to return to your normal activities unless you are advised otherwise. Once he reviews your ultrasound results, Dr. Tepper will share them with you and discuss any necessary next steps.


Whether you are a new or returning patient, Dr. Tepper can assess your concerns and discuss your options to find the most comfortable and convenient care for you. To get started, call our office to set up an appointment.


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