Advanced Perinatal Associates
OBGYN located in Manalapan, NJ & Little Silver, NJ
Although you might associate ultrasounds mainly with pregnancy, this type of high-tech imaging also plays a major role in the diagnosis of gynecological problems and conditions. At Advanced Perinatal Associates, caring OB/GYN Paul Matta, DO, and the experienced team offer gynecological ultrasounds to skillfully diagnose women’s health issues in the office. There are two offices in Manalapan and Little Silver, New Jersey, so reach out by phone or through online booking now.
Gynecological Ultrasounds Q & A
What are gynecological ultrasounds?
Gynecological ultrasounds use sound waves to produce detailed images of your pelvic organs. Ultrasounds don’t require radiation, and they're completely painless.
Because ultrasounds are so safe and reliable, they also monitor your baby’s growth and development during pregnancy.
When might I need gynecological ultrasounds?
The Advanced Perinatal Associates team may perform gynecological ultrasounds when they need to view your uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes in detail. This can help to diagnose conditions and issues such as:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Fallopian tube blockages
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
- The cause of infertility
- Structural problems, such as a short cervix
- Positioning problems, such as a tilted uterus
While you can't diagnose endometriosis with a gynecological ultrasound, it can show changes consistent with the disease. If you have those possible indicators of endometriosis, you'll typically have a laparoscopy for diagnosis.
Gynecological ultrasound can also help to locate intrauterine devices (IUD) and monitor infertility treatments.
How do gynecological ultrasounds work?
Advanced Perinatal Associates performs two types of gynecological ultrasounds, including transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasounds.
In a transabdominal ultrasound, your technician smooths a conductive gel over your lower abdomen and then moves the small transducer device across your skin to gather the images.
In a transvaginal ultrasound, you lie back, just as you would for an internal pelvic exam. Your technician applies the gel to a small transducer probe and then gently inserts it into your vagina to obtain the detailed images.
Both methods of ultrasound can be very helpful in finding the source of your gynecological issues.
How do I prepare for gynecological ultrasounds?
The Advanced Perinatal Associates team provides specific instructions before your ultrasound exam. Usually, there's no special preparation needed for a transvaginal ultrasound.
With a transabdominal ultrasound, you need to drink plenty of water within an hour or two before your exam. Don't void your bladder, because a full bladder allows for the best possible visualization during your exam.
When you need a gynecological ultrasound, you can rely on the team of caring OB/GYN specialists at Advanced Perinatal Associates for the highest standard of care. Book your appointment by phone or through the online appointment maker now.