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Sparklyshoes16 Sun 12-Aug-18 01:56:31

Hi has anyone had one of these and is it painful?

hedwig2001 Sun 12-Aug-18 01:58:45

Slightly uncomfortable, but not painful.

FannyCornforth Sun 12-Aug-18 01:59:13

Hello, yes and no. It wasn't any where near as bad as I feared. You get the results straight away too.

Sparklyshoes16 Sun 12-Aug-18 02:06:28

Ahh ok what's it for? I've been to a fertility doctor this week and he said everything was looking fine etc see him in 6 months, got a letter through the post today saying 6 months tone to have this scan.

Sparklyshoes16 Sun 12-Aug-18 02:07:14

*time not tone

fieryginger Sun 12-Aug-18 02:07:39

Yes several and they didn't hurt at all for me.

FannyCornforth Sun 12-Aug-18 02:12:26

I had a mysteriously swollen stomach. I think they were checking for cancer (I was ok).

missnevermind Sun 12-Aug-18 02:59:44

So much easier and more comfortable than a smear. If you need something to gauge it against.

Fatted Sun 12-Aug-18 03:04:10

Do you mean an internal ultrasound?

Not painful. It's a bit awkward or uncomfortable I'd say. There's a strange sensation you can feel from it.

Hope everything is OK.

Sparklyshoes16 Sun 12-Aug-18 08:46:46

Thanks for the replies...I'm assuming this scan isn't just for Cancer? As I've had no mention of it...the smears have always come back 'normal'.

Sparklyshoes16 Sun 12-Aug-18 08:47:53

@FannyCornforth glad you we're ok.

SleepyMcEdie Sun 12-Aug-18 08:49:13

If you are having fertility testing they will be scanning to look at your ovaries. It’s not painful but I did find it a bit uncomfortable at times as my ovaries are apparently quite far out so difficult to locate.

StarfishSandwich Sun 12-Aug-18 08:50:57

They can check for cysts, fibroids, cervical length, uterine abnormalities... all sorts really. Presumably your have fertility problems if you are seeing a specialist so they may want to rule out any general issues?

TheChineseChicken Sun 12-Aug-18 08:51:16

They will be looking at the eggs in your ovaries. I had one and I HATE things like this and it was absolutely fine. No discomfort doing on, just a little bit funny when they push to each side to see the ovaries. But nothing to worry about and not a cancer scare

TheChineseChicken Sun 12-Aug-18 08:51:55

Doing on = going in

Sparklyshoes16 Sun 12-Aug-18 08:52:25

@Fatted yes I think it's that, I've never had one before...just says transvaginal scan on the letter.

@missnevermind o good to know...not the biggest fan of smears!

Thanks all for your replies I'm still half asleep sorry I've replied in three posts.

StarfishSandwich Sun 12-Aug-18 08:55:10

Word of warning: they warm the probe and it makes you feel a bit like you’ve wet yourself!

D0do Sun 12-Aug-18 08:56:08

I've had this a few times. It's OK. For me, the most uncomfortable part is having my feet in stirrups. I'd advise wearing socks for a bit of padding there as otherwise it can press against the instep a bit. On the other hand, thinking about that takes your mind off the other stuff! On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most unpleasant health-related thing I can think of, I'd say:

Intravaginal scan 2
Smear 3 or 4
Mammogram 2
Period pain (at worst) 6 or 7 (endo)
Labour 9

Good luck!

Crazyeyes3 Sun 12-Aug-18 08:56:09

I’ve had several and they have all been fine. I actually found it quite interesting looking at the screen whilst they did it.

Zebrasinpyjamas Sun 12-Aug-18 08:56:14

I have had a few of these (to look my ovaries and uterus a couple of times plus twice in early pregnancy) and it is absolutely fine. It doesn't hurt at all and I didn't really even find it uncomfortable.
It is not like a smear which I do not like.
Don't look at the probe and all you feel is a little pop as it goes in.
Good luck with it all.

Fatted Sun 12-Aug-18 08:56:27

In terms of what it's for, mine was because of issues with my periods. They use it to check for things like fibroids, PCOS, endo etc.

SimonBridges Sun 12-Aug-18 08:57:44

I’ve had loads.
Really not a problem.
Much less stress that a smear.

FannyCornforth Sun 12-Aug-18 08:57:50

Thank you, sorry to have scared you op! Yes, it's quite a run of the mill thing for pregnancy etc.

Sparklyshoes16 Sun 12-Aug-18 08:59:29

Ah right ok...that makes more sense now as when went to see the specialist he just said everything looks fine (we've been trying for 14 months but put it down to horrendous stress and an awful was our first time seeing a specialist) see you in 6 months...I'm presuming if we haven't conceived by then that is what this scan is for? I thought at our first appointment this is what they would have done or much sooner than 6 months?

QueenoftheNights Sun 12-Aug-18 12:42:26

I've had a dozen or more and never ever had stirrups.

Just a normal exam couch with a wedge cushion under the bum.
The probe goes into a large condom with a good dollop of KY on the end so feels cold. They do wiggle it about right to left etc.

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