Ultrasound is widely used for diagnostic purpose during pregnancy. One of the uses that receives more attention is, however, the ability to determine the sex of the baby.
Around 85% of the parents to be can't wait to find if they having a boy or a girl for obvious reasons: curiosity, to know how to paint the nursery or pick a name. Sometimes determination of the sex could be due to medical reasons, for example in cases of sex specific disease such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a genetic condition.
Our gender scan will reveal the sex of your baby from 16 weeks onwards. Gender or sexing ultrasound scans are not routinely offered by the NHS and depend on the policy of your maternity hospital.
Be aware, though, that it's not always possible for the sonographer to be 100% certain about your baby's sex. For example, if your baby is lying in an awkward position, it may be difficult or impossible to tell.
The purpose of this scan is to:
The scan incudes: Ultrasound report with a 2D b/w picture
We need your bladder full for this scan so you need to drink 1lt (2 pints) of water an hour before your scan.
Before the ultrasound scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure.
This scan is normally performed trans-abdominally. In some instances, however an internal scan (Trans-vaginal) may be required to see all the necessary detail or if your womb tilts backward.
We will always try to scan trans-abdominally first but if we need to do an transvaginal ultrasound scan then we will discuss this with you. To perform this baby scan, you will be asked to lie down on the examination couch and expose your lower abdomen.
A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to your skin. The gel will help the transducer to make good contact with the skin. The ultrasound transducer will be placed on the body and will be moved in different directions over the area of interest to obtain the required information/ultrasound images.
There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer or probe as otherwise known, is pressed against the area being examined. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor discomfort from the transducer.
Once the ultrasound imaging is completed, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. The ultrasound gel does not usually stain or discolor clothing.
This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 20-30 minutes. After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.