An endometrial lining scan is an ultrasound to check on the womb lining. The endometrial cells that make up this lining will grow every month and then be shed when you have your period. The endometrial lining should reach its thickest point mid-way through your menstrual cycle, when you are ovulating. We will check the womb lining and measure its thickness during the scan to find out if it is ready for an embryo to implant itself.
The endometrial lining scan is usually performed when you are undergoing fertility treatments such as IVF. Your fertility clinic may refer you for an endometrial thickness scan in order to check that your womb lining is ready for the embryo transfer. The scan can also be performed as part of a fertility assessment as it can help to identify certain types of fertility problems.
During the scan, we will assess the condition of your womb lining and look for any issues such as uterine fibroids that could be affecting your health or fertility. We will also measure the thickness of the endometrium. The endometrial tissue should grow thicker during the first half of your menstrual cycle. It will reach its thickest point at the same time as ovulation so that it is ready for the embryo to implant and grow if you get pregnant. If you don’t conceive, then it will be shed during your period. The endometrial lining measurement will tell us if your uterus is ready for pregnancy.
If you need to arrange an endometrial lining scan in Cheshire, then it’s easy to book your appointment through our online system. The scan will be performed by one of our experienced sonographers, who will be able to check your womb lining and explain the results if you have any questions. Book your appointment now or get in touch if you need advice on the timing of your endometrial lining scan. If you’re having fertility treatment, then your IVF clinic will advise you one when to visit us for your endometrial thickness scan.
Gynaecological ultrasound and some early pregnancy ultrasound scans are routinely performed using a transvaginal probe technique. This technique is used to view the pelvic anatomy optimally, as the ultrasound probe can transmit safe ultrasound waves more directly to the pelvic area.
There is no clinical risk associated with performing a transvaginal ultrasound scan. Transvaginal ultrasound scans can safely be performed during menstruation and episodes of vaginal bleeding.
It is important that you understand the procedure that is associated with this examination.
Please note that we use OptiLube lubrication for Transvaginal Ultrasound Scans.This is to meet with governing body guidelines regarding infection control.If you have a preferred lubrication that has been recommended to enhance fertility, please bring it with you on the day. Our Specialist Sonographer will be happy to use your preferred lubrication. It is possible to perform a transvaginal scan with no external gel on the probe cover. You can discuss this with the Sonographer on the day of your appointment.
If you are a virgin (virgo intacta), guidance determines that transvaginal ultrasound scans are clinically contraindicated. If you have discussed this with your referrer and still wish to proceed with a transvaginal ultrasound scan, we can perform this type of examination for you.
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