Q: Good day Ma
do you do? I sent a message to you earlier. I hope you attend to this because I am anxious to know.
I saw my period last on the 21st July, 2014. On 17th of august, I did home pregnancy test, it was POSITIVE. To confirm it, on 18th of August, I did a blood test in a lab, it was POSITIVE too. So I headed for an ultrasound to know how old it is. When I met the doctor, he asked me the likely questions: my last period, have I done pregnancy test, which I answered. He told me that it’s early to detect anything but still went on with d scan. The result read, “THE UTERUS IS BULKY AND NIL GESTATIONAL SAC SEEN NOW” And gave me an appointment in two weeks time. He prescribed folic acid for me to take once daily.
Please ma, can you break down the result for me?
I need to know what is happening in my body because I am experiencing aching breast.
Thank You Ma
A: Hello dear and forgive my not responding earlier to you.
A few definitions or explanations, if you like…
The uterus being bulky means that it’s bigger than the usual pre-pregnancy state. It could be due to any number of reasons. If pregnancy is being suspected, this could very well be the reason.
Gestational sac is the first sign of pregnancy seen on ultrasound and it encompasses the embryo (baby) and the amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds the baby in the womb).
Well, just like the doctor said, it’s a bit too early to know for sure if you’re pregnant. What type of ultra sound examination was done for you? Transabdominal (the more common type of ultra sound in our environment where the ultrasound probe is placed on the abdomen) or transvaginal (where the ultrasound probe is introduced through the vagina)?
If the transvaginal was done, it’s unlikely to identify a gestational sac until the 5-6th week.
The transabdominal scan will be able to detect the gestational sac from the 8th week of pregnancy.
So, give it about 2 more weeks as the doctor suggested and then return for a repeat scan.
Have a great day fabulous people 😀