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What can they tell from a pelvic ultrasound?

By May 7, 2012 - 4:16pm
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I have very abnormal periods that lasts for months at a time and my doctor mentioned it could be fibroids. Today I had an ultrasound...abdominal and transvaginal. I haven't gotten the results yet but the ultrasound technician said that I have cysts on both ovaries and my left ovary is higher than the right. First of all, does that mean no fibroids? Would one ovary being higher cause a greater risk of infertility? How long will it take to get the results back? And I started bleeding and am a little sore after the ultrasound, is this normal?

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If you do not hear from your doctor's office by Friday, give them a call. Make a list of all of your questions and keep it handy. When you get the call, ask your doctor the questions.

Good Luck,


May 8, 2012 - 5:07pm

And she had a hard time seeing the higher ovary, which is the one that is usually more painful, but yes I think I'm sore as a result of the pressure. The bleeding has stopped. It was just a little, but I am still pretty sore on my left side.

May 7, 2012 - 6:36pm

I don't have a follow up appointment scheduled. I was told that they woud call me with the results.

May 7, 2012 - 6:33pm

Hello adorkabletiff,

Generally, a physician will schedule an appointment to see a patient following a diagnostic procedure, such as an ultrasound. Do you have a follow-up appointment with your doctor?

If not, make an appointment. If you do, at that time, your doctor will tell you the ultrasound findings and what the implications of the ovarian cysts, left ovary being higher that the right and the presence or abscense of uterine fibroids,

In general, a physician will receive the results within 48 to 72 hours. An abdominal and a transvaginal ultrasound should not cause bleeding. If the ultrasound technician applied pressure when using the doppler to scan, then you could experience some soreness, especially if the cysts are large.

A pelvic ultrasound uses sound waves to look at the bladder, ovaries, uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes.

A transvaginal ultrasound is a type of pelvic ultrasound used to look at the uterus, ovaries, cervix and vagina.

An abdominal ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to examine the internal organs of the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. The blood vessels that lead to some of these organs can also be looked at with ultrasound.

Hope this helps,

May 7, 2012 - 5:19pm
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