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Things You Need to Know About Getting an Ultrasound for an Ovarian Cyst

Getting diagnosed with an ovarian cyst is worrisome for any woman. An ovarian cyst refers to a fluid-filled sac that develops on the ovaries. They're quite common and can occur at any age. Often, ovarian cysts don't cause any symptoms and disappear on their own. But in some cases, they cause pain and other complications. If your doctor has recommended you undergo an ultrasound, you're probably wondering what to expect. 

What Is an Ultrasound?​

An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging procedure that utilises high-frequency sound waves. These sound waves produce images of your internal organs. An ultrasound works via sound waves that bounce off the organs, creating echoes that are picked up by a machine. These echoes are converted into images. The procedure is non-invasive and painless and is typically performed by a trained radiographer.

Should You Get an Ultrasound for an Ovarian Cyst?

If your doctor suspects you have an ovarian cyst, they'll likely recommend you get an ultrasound. An ultrasound can help determine the size, shape and location of the cyst. It can also help identify if the cyst is solid or filled with fluid. An ultrasound can also help rule out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms.

What Happens During an Ultrasound?

Before getting the ultrasound, you'll be asked to drink plenty of water and avoid urinating for an hour before the procedure. This is because a full bladder helps create a clearer image. During the procedure, you'll lie down on a table and the radiographer will apply a gel to your abdomen. They'll then move a device called a transducer over your abdomen. The sound waves produced by the machine will create images on the monitor.

Is an Ultrasound Painful?

An ultrasound is not painful. You may feel some pressure or discomfort from the transducer pressing against your abdomen, but it's not painful. If your doctor wants to get a closer look at your ovaries, they may perform a transvaginal ultrasound. This involves inserting a small transducer into your vagina to get a closer look at your pelvic organs. This procedure can cause some discomfort but is usually not painful.

What Happens After an Ultrasound?

After the procedure, you'll be able to return to your normal activities. You may need to wait a few days for the radiologist to review the images and get the findings to your doctor, who will then inform you of your ultrasound and discuss any treatment options if needed.

For more information about ultrasounds, reach out to a local clinic.