Ultrasound technology is an integral part of most of the services provided by Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles. Ultrasound is a safe and painless way to analyze the internal organs, identify causes of infertility, recommend the most appropriate treatment, and achieve successful pregnancies through treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). At our offices throughout Los Angeles, CA, our doctors will take all the time necessary to help you understand the role that this radiation-free technology will play in your journey toward parenthood.
How Does Ultrasound Work?
Ultrasound technology delivers high-frequency soundwaves (inaudible to the human ear) through the tissues of your body. These soundwaves echo when they reach internal tissues, and these echoes are digitally collected in order to render real-time images of reproductive organs, developing fetuses, and more.
If you are struggling with infertility, our practice can use ultrasound and other advanced tools to identify the cause and deliver the best possible solution.
The equipment itself consists of a handheld device called a transducer, a computer console, and a video display screen. The transducer delivers the sound waves while collecting the echoes. The result is a detailed live broadcast of internal tissues, which both you and your doctor will be able to see.
What Happens during an Ultrasound Exam?
You should arrive at your appointment wearing loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to remove your clothing and wear a gown. Your doctor will ask you to lie down in a position that will allow the application of the transducer near the organ being analyzed. Next, a thin layer of gel will be applied to the surface of the skin. This will allow the transducer to make complete contact with the skin, free of any air pockets, in order to more effectively deliver sound waves and receive the echoes.
Once your doctor has taken the necessary readings, he or she will wipe away the gel. Any remaining gel dries quickly and will not stain your clothing.
What Does Ultrasound Tell My Doctor?
Ultrasound is a versatile treatment that is used to assess:
- The size and shape of the ovaries, as well as the state of ovarian cysts. Large cysts could indicate endometriosis.
- The dimensions of the uterus, as well as the presence of polyps or fibroids.
- The thickness of the uterine lining (endometrium).
- The presence and location of reproductive organs, as well as the amount of blood being delivered to the organs.
- The number of antral follicles, which can reveal the state of a woman's ovarian reserves.
- Swelling of the fallopian tubes (this specifically requires a two-dimensional ultrasound).
- Adhesions among the reproductive organs, especially the ovaries.
- Other ovarian issues, such as torsion.
Ultrasound and IVF
During the ovarian stimulation stage of IVF treatment (which spans about eight to 12 days), patients undergo ultrasound exams to assess follicle development. Egg retrieval takes place once testing confirms that the eggs are mature. Ultrasound is used during retrieval as well as the transfer of the fertilized egg to the uterus, which takes place about two to five days later.
Contact Us Today
If you are struggling with infertility, our practice can use ultrasound and other advanced tools to identify the cause and deliver the best possible solution. To book a consultation at one of our Los Angeles, Glendale, or San Fernando Valley-area offices, call our practice at (310) 209-7700. You can also message us online anytime.