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an infertility ultrasound is going to help your care team assess and manage those who are having difficulty conceiving. it is important for patients to understand why you need ultrasounds as you begin treatment.

what is an ultrasound

ultrasounds are used to “see” your abdominal and pelvic anatomy. they actually use high frequency (harmless) sound waves that are emitted by a probe. the sound waves bounce off your reproductive and internal organs and those reflected waves are used to create images on a computer that your physician can read and analyze.

what does it do

a vaginal ultrasound is a straightforward (and totally painless) procedure that allows your doctor to see and examine your internal organs around your pelvis. this examination will provide highly detailed imaging of your reproductive organs, allowing your team to visualize your vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and bladder. we’re going to be checking for ovarian cysts, tumors, polyps, fibroids, or any other structures that may be causing fertility challenges. nothing to worry about because this is a standard part of every fertility assessment. 

what do you find

those sound waves will create images that tell us the size, shape and position of your uterus and ovaries. sometimes we may find masses in your uterus called fibroids, that can measured and mapped. the size of your ovaries and the number of follicles present can actually be really helpful to determine your ovarian reserve, which means the amount of eggs you have left. it’s really common to find ovarian cysts. but don’t worry, ovarian cysts are usually just proof of a growing egg or recent ovulation. sometimes, an abnormal cyst may mean endometriosis. if we find evidence of this, you can speak to your doctor about options.