Sonohysterogram

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

A sonohysterogram can shine a bright spotlight on your reproductive health, reveal the cause of infertility or abnormal pelvic pain or bleeding, and much more. The diligent physicians of RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provide advanced, safe, and effective technology, procedures, and testing to improve and protect your reproductive organs and general health at their five convenient locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois. Call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology or book through the online scheduler today to learn more.

Sonohysterogram Q & A

What is a sonohysterogram?

A sonohysterogram or sonohysterography is a specific type of ultrasound where your gynecologist puts fluid into your uterus through your cervix using a thin, plastic tube. Sound waves then produce clear images of the lining of your uterus.

A sonohysterogram is a convenient exam that takes place at your nearest RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology office, typically in 30 minutes or less.

Why is a sonohysterogram performed?

A sonohysterogram looks for the underlying cause of many health problems, including infertility, abnormal uterine bleeding, and repeated miscarriage. Your gynecologist might recommend a sonohysterogram to detect:

  • Abnormal growths in your uterus, such as polyps or fibroids
  • Scar tissue inside your uterus
  • Abnormal uterine shape
  • Problems with your uterine lining
  • A blockage of the fallopian tubes

You can’t have a sonohysterogram if you’re pregnant or if you have a pelvic infection.

What does a sonohysterogram involve?

A sonohysterogram is usually scheduled at a time during your menstrual cycle after your period has stopped but prior to ovulation.

After emptying your bladder, you undress from the waist down and lie on an exam table. Your gynecologist might perform a pelvic exam to check if you have any pain or tenderness.

A sonohysterogram typically contains three main steps: a transvaginal ultrasound, putting fluid in the uterus, and repeating an ultrasound exam.

Transvaginal ultrasound

With a transvaginal ultrasound, your provider at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology gently places a transducer - a slender handheld device - into your vagina. 

The device is covered by a disposable sheath and sends out sound waves that create images of your internal organs. The images clearly display on a screen.

Fluid placement

Your gynecologist removes the transducer and inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold open your vaginal walls before passing a swab through the speculum to clean your cervix. 

They insert a thin tube into your vagina and through to the opening of your cervix or inside your uterus before gently removing the speculum.

Then they place the transducer into your vagina again and slowly pass a sterile fluid through the tube into your uterus. You might experience some cramping as the fluid goes into your uterus. 

Your gynecologist at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology can discuss several pain relief options for you prior to your procedure to help minimize any discomfort and cramping.

Repeat ultrasound

After filling your uterus with fluid, this advanced technology creates detailed images of the inside of your uterus and the uterine lining.

You should be able to return to your daily activities right after a sonohysterogram. To learn more about this innovative diagnostic procedure, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology or schedule online today.