Sonohysterogram is a procedure in which an ultrasound is conducted on the uterus. It is a procedure in which our Queens OBGYN specialist inserts fluid into the uterus via a thin plastic tube through the cervix. The fluid makes this procedure slightly different from a regular ultrasound. Wherein less can be seen.
There are various reasons for one to get a sonohysterogram, including diagnosing causes of pain, bleeding, or infertility.
This procedure is done by professional doctors, including our Queens OBGYN specialists. At our Queens location, we are well prepared for procedures like this to help diagnose your pain and ensure that you are healthy.
A sonohysterogram is a procedure that may be recommended by your doctor or Queens OBGYN specialist for a variety of reasons, primarily if you are exhibiting symptoms of pain or discomfort.
These are some of the things that an OBGYN will look for if you are experiencing symptoms that warrant the need for a sonohysterogram:
· Any abnormalities, including abnormal growths, like uterine fibroids or polyps.
· Blockage within the fallopian tubes
· Issues within the uterus that may be related to patient’s struggles with getting pregnant or with miscarriages
· healthy, normal appearance of the uterus
· Any scar tissue, or identifying endometriosis
· Irregularities in the uterine lining
No need to relocate, this is an in-house procedure performed in the office of Queens OBGYN specialist.
You might be wondering what the procedure feels like, how long it takes, or what it entails. Here’s all you need to know about getting a sonohysterogram:
The first step before a sonohysterogram is a pregnancy test, as this cannot be performed on people who are pregnant. When making an appointment for a sonohysterogram, doctors will likely ensure that it is not during your menstrual period, as it will affect the appearance of your uterus during the procedure and make it more difficult for doctors to see what they are looking for. When the uterine lining is thinnest, usually a week or so after the menstrual period has started, and before ovulation, there is the least risk of infection, and therefore a good time to get this procedure done.
You may go about your day as usual but will have to empty your bladder beforehand. Also, if there is any non-menstrual bleeding occurring, let your doctor know because they may not be able to perform the procedure in this case effectively.
Before the exam, your doctor might choose to do a quick pelvic exam to check for any pain or infection.
The sonohysterogram has three major parts.
Part 1: Initial Transvaginal Ultrasound. This entails the insertion of an ultrasound probe into the vagina. The probe sends out sound waves that recreate an image of the uterine lining and internal organs, which is shown on a screen.
Part 2: Insertion of fluid into the uterus. Next, your doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina. A speculum is a tool used to keep the vagina open, which allows your doctor to be able to reach the cervix before the uterus. A swab will then be used to clean the cervix, and a tube will be inserted to send the fluid through, which enlarges the uterus, making the uterine lining easier to visualize. Patients may experience slight cramping during this step of the procedure.
Part 3: Performing the ultrasound. The transvaginal ultrasound probe will be reinserted, and more fluid will be inserted as well. Your doctor will examine the uterine lining and internal organs and blood flow.
The entire procedure takes around 30 minutes.
This is a fairly safe procedure, and you should be able to return to normal life and everyday activities right after your procedure.
You may experience some light cramping or bleeding after the procedure, but anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can help.
As with any internal procedure, there is a risk of infection. If you are experiencing fever, pain, or unusual discharge, you may have an infection and should contact your Queens OBGYN specialist.
If you are experiencing any pain, discomfort, or issues with fertility, you may need a sonohysterogram. At Women for Women, our Queens OBGYN specialist can treat you! Call or visit our website to make an appointment today!