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How does a transvaginal ultrasound diagnose menopausal bleeding causes?

If you experience postmenopausal bleeding, the doctor may wish to perform a transvaginal ultrasound. This imaging technology involves the placement of a probe into your vagina and the use of sound waves to produce images of your uterus and ovaries. If a transvaginal ultrasound shows that your inner uterine lining, called the endometrium, is more than four millimeters thick, then the doctor may wish to perform a biopsy. The appearance of the cells under a microscope enables the doctor to determine whether you are developing endometrial cancer. If the lining is less than four millimeters thick, then cancer is less likely and a biopsy may not be necessary.

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