Sunday, September 14, 2008

Anxious about my 1st Ultrasound - Clomid or bust :)

I'm preparing for my first ultrasound, a transvaginal ultrasound to be exact - if all is "clear" (no large cysts), I'll start my first pill of five tomorrow as well. Pretty exciting! I'm praying that this is the month!

I am curious though - even though I know my OBGYN is looking for large cysts, what else can you see regarding infertility through one of these tests?

According to, a transvaginal ultrasound may be done to:

1) View the external structures of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
2) Monitor the development of follicles in the ovary leading to ovulation. This helps to know when to schedule artificial or intrauterine insemination just before you ovulate.
3) View the uterus and uterine lining.
4) Guide the needle used to remove eggs to be used in assisted reproductive techniques.
5) Count the number of egg follicles in the ovaries, which, along with your age and blood tests, may be used to give an estimate of treatment success.

I am most curious to see if she detects any scar tissue from my past surgery, to find out the overall state of my uterus (just to make sure it's ok), to see if there are any abnormalities with my remaining tube, and to see if there appears to be any problem with the quantity of my egg follicles. And, of course, to see how many cysts I have going on. I hate cysts with a passion!

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