Are you currently getting ready to get your pelvic ultrasound scan done but are concerned that your period might make it harder to get an accurate result? If so, you’re in luck! Here’s everything you need to know about getting an ultrasound scan while having your period.
How to go about getting a pelvic ultrasound scan
A pelvic ultrasound scan is usually performed during your period. This is because it can be difficult to tell whether your cervix and uterus are enlarged during that time, particularly if you’re on hormonal contraception.
However, for all other scans, you’ll need to schedule an appointment outside your period. If you have irregular periods or use hormonal contraceptives, talk to your doctor about how best to proceed. While some clinics will allow you to get a scan at any point in your cycle, others will require you to wait until two weeks after your last period before they’ll perform one.
It’s also important to not have sex for at least 24 hours before getting a scan (or 48 hours if using condoms). If possible, take some painkillers beforehand so as not to feel discomfort during or after the procedure. Talk with your doctor about what’s best for you. Some clinics offer local anesthetic creams, while others recommend taking painkillers beforehand. In any case, try not to worry: most women report feeling no pain during their pelvic ultrasound scans.
What happens before you get your pelvic ultrasound scan?
You’ll need your chughtai test report, Essa Lab reports and Excel Lab reports, and any other diagnostic imaging studies you’ve undergone. And you’ll want to let us know if you have an STI or are on hormonal birth control, especially if it contains estrogen.
Without knowing that information, we can’t give accurate results for our computerized breast density analysis or decide whether or not your results are affected by menstruation. When we do ultrasound scans during periods, it sometimes requires both hands and special ultrasound-guided techniques, which means we need extra time with each patient to ensure our patients feel safe and comfortable in our office.
What happens after your pelvic ultrasound scan?
So what happens after your pelvic ultrasound scan? Before anything, you must get approved by a doctor specializing in gynecology or obstetrics. To do that, see your doctor (or head to Excel Lab Islamabad) and request an ultrasound during the period.
If approved, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider at least three days before getting the test. This will allow your period to start, but it’ll also let you get a morning-of-your-pelvic-ultrasound shot of vitamin B12 and take one again on your third-day post. Only then can you book yourself for a pelvic ultrasound scan during the period!
What do I need to know before my pelvic sonography?
To get an accurate reading of your pelvic region, you must be well hydrated before your ultrasound. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before your exam, as both these substances can cause increased urine output, hindering your results.
If you have any pain in your pelvic region, please alert the technician during your sonography so they can adjust for more optimal images of your uterus and ovaries. Regular periods are also beneficial when getting pelvic sonography because it allows technicians to observe the growth of cysts or fibroids. All these tips will help you achieve great results in Excel Lab Test.
Questions answered by real patients
In Pakistan, Essa Diagnostic Centre is one of few labs that offer online lab tests in Pakistan. Here we get patients asking questions regarding Pelvic ultrasound scans during the period, which our medical team answers weekly. The most common question asked by patients during their periods is how to clean after getting a pelvic ultrasound scan? Let’s find out below.
Are there various types or pelvic ultrasounds?
There are several kinds that pelvic ultrasounds can be found. Each one examines different organs or has a specific objective:
- Abdominal ultrasound is a method of examining organs outside of the belly.
- The ultrasound monitors the development of the baby in the uterus (womb).
- Rectal ultrasound is a method of examining what’s inside the rectum. A particular test known as transrectal ultrasound examines the prostate.
- Transvaginal ultrasound scans the reproductive organs inside the vagina.
When should a physician recommend pelvic ultrasound?
A doctor may suggest an ultrasound of your pelvis when you are:
- It is difficult to become pregnant.
- Pain during urination.
- Abdominal or pelvic pain.
- The abdomen is swelling.
- Rare bleeding or irregular periods after menopausal change.
- Incontinence urinary (urine leakage).