Frequently asked questions about gynecological scans
A gynecological scan is the most effective imaging option for examining your uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. In case you have any unexplained bleeding, heavy periods or bleeding during your menopause, your doctor will depend on the scan to understand the underlying problem. A gynecological scan also helps monitor the health and development of the fetus when you are pregnant. Men can benefit from a pelvic scan which focuses on the bladder and prostate gland. Even though gynecological scans have been used for years by doctors, most people still hesitate in taking advantage of them due to certain myths surrounding them. Here are some frequently asked questions about them.
Can a gynecological scan help detect a condition?
Yes, you can go for a gynecological scan on your own or on your gynecologist’s recommendation to detect conditions like fibroids with polyps, polycystic ovaries, early menopause, ovarian cysts and cancer.
Is a gynecological scan painful?
Compared to a smear, a transvaginal ultrasound scan does not cause much discomfort. If you are not sexually active, it is preferred that you get a transabdominal scan. In case you have menopaused and the transvaginal scan is painful due to vaginal atrophy, a local anesthetic and lubrication gel will make the test tolerable. You could also use vaginal tablets or cream a week or two before your test.
How long does the scan take?
Usually the test takes about 5 to 10 minutes. In case of any complex findings during the test like multiple fibroids, the test could take an additional 10 minutes.
Can you get the scan if you are bleeding?
You must know that vaginal bleeding does not affect the quality of the diagnosis. If you are suffering from irregular bleeding or go to your doctor during your menstrual cycle, the gynecological scan can still be safely performed.
What if you are allergic to latex?
There are rare cases where patients are allergic to latex but it could cause an anaphylactic reaction. You must let your doctor or the technician doing the scan know about it so that gloves or probe covers containing latex are avoided during your gynecological scan.
Can the scan detect ovarian cancer?
An accurate diagnosis of ovarian cancer can be made through a gynecological scan. A detailed examination of the tumor and adjacent structures in the abdominal cavity and pelvis provides instant information in most cases eliminating the need of additional blood tests.