A transvaginal ultrasound scan of the pelvic area checks the uterus and its lining (endometrium) as well as the cervix and ovaries. It can help identify any conditions that may be affecting it, such as fibroids, polyps, or cysts.
An ultrasound scan can also shows the size and shape of your ovaries and the follicles they contain. It also gives us a baseline report to compare with later in your treatment.
Checking your fallopian tubes and uterus
Additional tests may be needed to check that your fallopian tubes are open (tubal patency), and the condition of your uterus and ovaries.
Sonohysterogram or HyCoSy
A relatively non-invasive test, which involves an ultrasound and insertion of a tiny tube into the cervix so we can pass dye through the uterine cavity and tubes.
X-rays to confirm the fallopian tubes are open.
Diagnostic laparoscopy and hysteroscopy
These tests are quite invasive, and are usually recommended once all other options are exhausted.
A laparoscopy is performed under general anaesthetic, using a fibre-optic telescope (laparoscope) through a small incision in the umbilicus. A probe is used to view the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and pelvic cavity for any abnormalities.
A hysteroscopy uses another fibre optic device to study the uterine cavity for polyps, fibroids, adhesions and any abnormal anatomy.
For more information about female fertility issues, visit our Patient Information Booklets page where you can browse through a number of informative booklets and download the PDF versions.
If you have any questions related to female fertility tests, or would like to book an appointment with a Queensland Fertility Group Fertility Specialist, call us on 1800 111 483 or complete the form below.