Typically this type of ultrasound will be used to determine:
- Help provide a more accurate due date for some women
- Check for ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancy)
- Determine the cause of bleeding
- Check for cysts, particularly in the ovary
- Look for early fetal heartbeat
- Assess the uterine lining
- Assess the uterus or ovary
This type of ultrasound is not painful, but for some women it can be embarrassing. It doesn't hurt as much as a vaginal exam.
The images are just as good as other ultrasounds. Though this exam is likely to provide better photos early on because it does not have to have the travel to sound through the abdomen, because the wand is closer to the uterus, giving you the best early pictures. It is used most frequently prior to the eighth week of pregnancy.