Transvaginal Sonogram

  1. hiyas yall!

    I was asked a question from one of the members from my religious group today...

    She has to have a Transvaginal sono... She has had the standard gyn exams.... she does not/never had intercourse...
    Would the sono be painful/ultrauncomfortable for her?

    (I told her probably not b/c the vaginal walls are really stretchy... but, it might be uncomfortable d/t the nature of the test itself...)

    okeydoke...

    thanks kids

    --cashew
    Last edit by CashewLPN on Aug 9, '05
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   christinemj
    Shouldn't be any worse than a regular pelvic exam.... actually less uncomfortable since there is no speculum unvolved..... (IMHO!)

    Christine
  4. by   maire
    Ok this is going to sound tacky, but here goes...the wand looks more frightening then it really is...it doesn't go up all that far. I imagine like any gyno exam if she tenses up it will probably be more uncomfortable than if she were relaxed.
  5. by   Jolie
    The sonographer will probably hand your friend the transducer and ask her to insert it herself, like a tampon. I had this done with infertility studies, and it wasn't all that bad. The anticipation was far worse than the actual test.
  6. by   dawngloves
    the wand looks more frightening then it really is...
    ITA! My first one the tech told me it would be like inserting a tampon, then whips out this ROCKET! I almost died laughing!:chuckle
    She'll be covered with a sheet and the tech will ask her to insert it and it really doesn't go that far. Very comfortable. And if the tech isn't a woman a female will/should be present

    Good luck to your friend!
  7. by   eltrip
    In addition, the transducer is covered with a condom & KY jelly. I've recently experienced the procedure & it wasn't as bad as I'd expected it to be...much better than a pelvic exam!
  8. by   RNforLongTime
    I, too have had a trans vag US and the wand is huge but it didn't hurt at all. I was a virgin when I had my first pelvic exam and can remember the discomfort from that . The US is a walk in the park compared to that experience. The tech was great, she let me put the wand in myself.
  9. by   CashewLPN
    thanks guys!!!
    --Barbara
  10. by   nurse2btracy
    I had a pelvic transvaginal sonogram in the ER about a month ago. They told me to have an empty bladder. I need another one and scheduled one and they told me to drink 32 oz before the appointment.

    Should I call the radiology place to double check or just drink the 32 oz and take my chances.

    Tracy
  11. by   HealthyRN
    Quote from nursetracy
    I had a pelvic transvaginal sonogram in the ER about a month ago. They told me to have an empty bladder. I need another one and scheduled one and they told me to drink 32 oz before the appointment.

    Should I call the radiology place to double check or just drink the 32 oz and take my chances.

    Tracy
    I would call and check. When I had mine, I did not have to drink anything.
  12. by   laurenD
    If you're not sure whether you need to drink the water or not...I would opt to drink it. That way if you get there and it's not required, you can go pee. If you don't drink it and you do need it, then you'll have to reschedule.

    When I had my OB exams during my pregnancy, I had to drink the 32oz for the abd ultrasound. They had me empty my bladder before they did the transvaginal u/s. But different practices have different procedures.
  13. by   Momto3andNurse2B
    Quote from laurenD
    If you're not sure whether you need to drink the water or not...I would opt to drink it. That way if you get there and it's not required, you can go pee. If you don't drink it and you do need it, then you'll have to reschedule.

    When I had my OB exams during my pregnancy, I had to drink the 32oz for the abd ultrasound. They had me empty my bladder before they did the transvaginal u/s. But different practices have different procedures.
    Same with me. You really can't mess up by drinking, they'll just have you empty your bladder. However, if you don't drink, you'll be sitting there until you drink the required fluid (or worse, have to reschedule.)
  14. by   CashewLPN
    wow... I have'nt seen this thread in years.... 3 years actually... I'm gonna lock it, so that we can move more into the present.

    Tis always better to start something anew, than to live in the past...

    --Cashew

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