You have been referred to us to perform an ultrasound scan. Gynaecological ultrasound and some early pregnancy ultrasound scans are routinely performed using a transvaginal probe technique. This technique is used to view the pelvic anatomy optimally, as the ultrasound probe can transmit safe ultrasound waves more directly to the pelvic area. In later stages of pregnancy, it may be advised to perform a transvaginal ultrasound scan to have a closer look at a baby's anatomy, or to assess the maternal cervix.
There is no clinical risk associated with performing a transvaginal ultrasound scan. Transvaginal ultrasound scans can safely be performed during menstruation and episodes of vaginal bleeding.
Please note that we use OptiLube or PELI Jelly lubrication for transvaginal ultrasound scans. This is to meet with our risk assessment procedures and protocols for infection control If you have a preferred lubrication that has been recommended to enhance fertility, please bring it with you on the day. Our Specialist Sonographer will be happy to use your preferred lubrication. It is possible to perform a transvaginal scan with no external gel on the probe cover. You can discuss this with the Sonographer on the day of your appointment.
It is important that you understand the procedure that is associated with this examination.
- The ultrasound transducer will be placed in the vagina (the probe is prepared using high grade medical disinfectant).
- The transducer will be introduced with a latex / non latex type covering and sterile ultrasound gel.
- It will be necessary to move the transducer from side to side, up and down and may be swivelled to obtain ultrasound images of your pelvic anatomy.
- If you prefer, you may insert the transducer yourself, otherwise the person conducting the examination will do this.
- A third person may be present during the examination acting as a chaperone, if required by the Sonographer or yourself.
- You may request the examination to be stopped at any time during the procedure.