Hi, I'm 34 weeks and due to a suspected low-lying placenta, have to go for a scan this Friday to check its position. I've been told they'll do this via a trans-vaginal scan, rather than the normal one.
Has anyone else had this procedure and can warn me what to expect? Doesn't sound particularly pleasant but I'd rather know what I'm in for before I turn up...
Ive had a few. The lady was lovely and very gentle. I was that is had a condom on - wish I had known that before I went. Of all the gynae things I have had this was one of the least painful/embarassing as they are hardly looking at you - more at the screen. Good luck.
I've had some to diagnose mcs and during early pregnancy and the sonographer each time covered me with a sheet and had so much lube on the probe she barely looked.. it slipped in rather easily. Either she was very experienced or I'm wider than the Mersey tunnel
Either way it's really not bad at all, I'd take one over a smear any day of the week!
I like to call them the Swedish Porn scan (nurse approaches you carrying the most ENORMOUS looking probe!). But they only use part of it and it is really not uncomfortable at all. Just...a bit strange. I have a few friends who call it the Cooch Cam.
I think the important thing for me is that their face isn't level with your fanjo and there's no pearing in! They just quickly slip it in and then sit facing outwards at their machine. You have a sheet to put over you once you've taken your bottoms off, so if you make sure the gap is at the back, you can have it covering your knees etc if you want to.
I must be the odd one out as I found the trans-vaginal very painful; much worse than a smear test. But it sounds like I'm in a minority, and the other 2 times I've had any sort of gynae examination were also very painful, so I think it must be peculiar to me.
I had one when my IUD strings went AWOL. If I remember rightly they gave me the scannery thing to insert myself while the sonographer left the room then covered me up with a blanket - very dignified ! It's just like a rather large vibrator really
I have had quite a few of these now, and they are honestly fine. The thing I would prepare you for is how big the probe looks - but they only use the v tip. They barely even look under the sheet & just kind of slip it in. It is nothing like as exposed as a smear or vaginal examination. Good luck!