Women are the only kinds of humans who can have babies. That’s why it’s so important for women to be in good health, so they can help a healthy generation to grow. 

According to the WHO, women can have issues receiving quality healthcare because of things like financial problems and social justice. This is very common in developing or third world countries. 

Even in the more developed countries like the United States, American women have struggled to get the healthcare that they need. Research has shown that the primary health care given to women is not enough for managing or preventing the lists of diseases related to women. 

What do surveys tell us about women’s health?

There have been many surveys done on the issues related to women’s healthcare. In the United States, the maternal mortality rate (women who died in childbirth) is 14%, and 26% of women in the USA report dealing with very expensive costs for gynecological treatments like scans. Almost half (47%) reported having problems with their medical billing, and 88% said they don’t have a regular doctor for care and checkups. 

This is alarming because women’s health should be taken care of early on. What can be better than a healthcare facility that would provide preventative care like scans, tests, and treatments with standard and transparent pricing? ZeaMed is a source of professional support for women’s healthcare. 

Prevention is important

With the problems in women’s health, preventing illness in the first place is very important, especially when it comes to gynecological health. Prevention for women can include regular scans and tests of their body, ordered by their provider. Preventing a disease from spreading, and complicating a condition a patient already has, can be done with regular checkups. Ultrasound has proven to be an important way to look at the uterus, ovaries, vulva, and pelvis. 

Ultrasound of pelvis. What and why?

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. An ultrasound of a women’s pelvis is an exam that helps the doctors check for: 

  • Abnormalities in the uterus, cervix, endometrium, ovaries, bladder, fallopian tube
  • Fibroid tumors and cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases
  • Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus in the fallopian tube)

It is also used to monitor the position of an intrauterine device (IUD), to check on the size of the ovarian follicles for fertility, or general pelvic activity. A normal abdominal ultrasound is where a warm, water-based gel is applied to the outside of the abdomen to scan from the outside. A transvaginal ultrasound is where a wand-like instrument is inserted 2-3 inches inside the vagina. 

How does a transvaginal ultrasound of the pelvis through the vagina work? 

Transvaginal ultrasound of the pelvis through the vagina is performed by medical professionals, nurses, and technicians with the supervision of a doctor. A wand-like instrument (called a transducer) sends out ultrasound energy waves, and is inserted into the vagina, about 2-3”. This ultrasonography works in a similar way a sonar works, by reflecting sound waves. 

The waves passing through the transducer emit energy waves that pass through the vaginal wall and bounce off the internal wall. The returning waves are collected by the transducer and sent to the ultrasound machine. The machine then uses the information to create images which helps the provider see the internal structure of the vaginal wall, pelvic muscle, and much more. It does not use ionizing radiations like in an X-Ray, and no anesthesia is needed. 

How can I prepare for an Ultrasound of the pelvis and what can I expect?

You do not have to worry at all before going for an ultrasound of the pelvis through the vagina. You can eat and drink like normal, and you don’t need to fast or be sedated for this scan. You will need to remove any jewelry located in your private parts. You will be asked to undress and put on a gown. 

Some facilities require a full bladder, so do not urinate before the ultrasound until you know for sure. You can ask for a female technician if you are not comfortable with a male. A female healthcare worker will always be present at the time of the ultrasound because of the location and personal nature. Some clinics also allow a family member to be there if the patient is a minor. 

When the actual procedure begins, the lights are turned down, so the practitioners can see the images on the computer screen more easily. You will have to lay on your back, and the person doing the test will cover the wand with a condom for safety, and will also apply a lubricating gel on it. 

The wand will be gently inserted into your vagina. You may experience brief discomfort due to a full bladder, and you might be asked to hold your breath briefly during the scan. 

You may feel slight pressure, like when you have a pap smear. It should not be painful. The transducer (wand) will begin taking and sending pictures of your internal organs to the screen. Sometimes, doctors also ask for an additional step where they insert salt water (saline) to check for other abnormalities or to get a clearer picture of the vagina. 

Your scan is done. The healthcare staff will help you to freshen up and you need to lie down for at least 30 minutes after the scan to relax your body.

How long does an ultrasound of the pelvis through the vagina take?

The length of time for the actual scan may vary from 20-30 minutes depending on the condition of the patient and how quickly the patient can relax and recover after the scan. It takes around 60 minutes for the whole scan including the time after the scan when the patient is advised to lie down and relax.

What happens after the transvaginal Ultrasound?

There is nothing that you need to do after your scan. You will need to wait for your report to be completed. Some women experience some white discharge from their vagina afterward, which is a result of the lubricant that was used. It is not harmful and should stop within 24 hours. 

How much does a transvaginal ultrasound cost near me?

Physicians bill for transvaginal ultrasound using the CPT code 76830. 

An ultrasound of the pelvis through the vagina costs from $100-$1000, depending on the type of ultrasound. It generally ranges from $242-$374. Some insurance policies may cover the charges, but that depends on your policy. It is important to look into the estimated costs and quality of service before you decide to have the procedure done. ZeaMed promises you the best services at affordable prices.  ZeaMed is where you can find expert doctors and technicians so you can feel comfortable and confident through your procedure!

If you need an ultrasound of the pelvis, you want to see a provider that you can trust and afford. ZeaMed believes price transparency is important and can give more patients access to the care they need. Our providers are trained, experienced, and professional, and using ZeaMed can give you peace of mind. 

Sources: 
Maternal mortality statistics, WHO, 2020 
Ultrasound information: Mayo Clinic, 2020
Test details: Cleveland Clinic, 2020
Women’s healthcare statistics, WHO, 2020

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