(Closed) Has anyone had a pelivic ultrasound? What should I expect?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It’s not really that big of a deal.  It is a bit awkward because they stick the wand inside you and it sort of is uncomfortable when they are moving it around to look at your insides.  I hope they don’t have you go with a full bladder, that makes it seriously uncomfortable!

ETA – I have had them both inside the body and outside.  I think it is easier to see the ovaries with an internal ultrasound though.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have had one and they did not stick the wand inside.  I did have to drink a lot of water and have the full bladder.  That was the only uncomfortable part.  You go with a full bladder, they squirt the cold jelly on your stomach, and then move the wand around on top of it.  It is uncomfortable because they push and your bladder is full, but it is over really quickly.

Post # 5
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It depends on if it’s internal or external.  External is like what @MademoiselleL: said.  Internal is where they insert the wand INTO you. 

I’ve had both.  The external for pregnancy, internal for possible cysts. I’ve also had ultrasounds on other body parts, and all those were external. 

Yours will probably be internal, BUT I’m going on what MY experience was.  I had severe pain and they suspected ovarian cysts to be the culprit(s).  (Ummmm… don’t think so, doc, since the meds didn’t work! The antibiotics did, though.  Damned ER dr’s. Enough ranting, on with your problem!)

Here’s a GREAT site that should help you: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=pelvus

It’s got a lot of good info, so I suggest checking it out.  The internal IS more uncomfortable and they may/may not want you to have a full bladder.  I didn’t for mine.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Typically…

You’re required drink 32 oz of water 1 hour prior to your exam.  They’ll do a “transabdominal” scan where they’ll have you lower your pants and underwear to your hips and place some gel on your belly (ours is warm!!).  They’ll take some pictures and then send you to the restroom to empty your bladder completely. 

That’s where the 2nd part comes in: the “transvaginal” or internal scan.  It’s a tiny camera (about the size of a tampon) that gets inserted into your vaginal canal.  It gives us a much more detailed, higher res pictures than the TA scan. 

Once you return from the restroom, they’ll have the room set up.  They’ll tell you to remove everything from your waist down, and they might place some cushions under your butt to elevate your hips off the cart (helps to move the camera).  They’ll cover up your legs as you assume “the position”!!  They’ll put a little cold gel (this one is cold) at the tip of the camera and slowly insert it.  You’ll feel the cold gel and a little pressure, but it shouldn’t hurt AT ALL!  If it does- let the tech know!!!  Hopefully, they’re compassionate and will do their best to make you comfy.  Good luck…and yes…it’s prolly just a cyst.  =)

Post # 7
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had ovarian cysts and my experience was exactly as @ustechie described.  Don’t be too nervous.  It’s a little uncomfortable, but my technician was great and explained everything throughout the whole process.  Try not to worry about it too much and you’ll be fine πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I just came back from a Pelvic Utrasound

It was scheduled by my doctor along with a couple of different hormonal tests as I told her that I would like to start trying to get pregnant within the next year. I wanted to just get a bit of a ‘jump start’ on checking out how my fertility levels are as I am 40.

I had exactly what Ustechie decribed. Both tests. Everything was going along smoothly until the tech asked me if I felt pain. I didn’t, then she shifted a little and I did! Shooting pains and she said it was from touching my left Ovary. The pain continued as she wiggle around, but subsided to just a dull pain. (TMI alert here but I get the same pain in the same spot when I am having intercouse and my partner goes too deep)  Then when she found my right ovary, I had no pain. None.  Pressure from the wand touching it, but no pain whatsoever.

I still have a dull ache on my left side.  Nothing major (sort of like the small pains I get when I ovulate). 

Of course I automatically started reading up on what this could mean.  Sounds like I have a cyst πŸ™  Also, the thing that triggered something is up is that she asked if I felt pain nanoseconds before I actually did.  She probably saw something on the U.S?  My Mum had endometriosis after having 2 kids and had her uterus removed as a result (at the age of 35 or so)

So I am terrified now that I have Endo too because if I have it, I’ve prob had it for ages.  If I’ve had it for a long time, I probably won’t be able to have children. 

I know I’m freaking out and I’m sorry in advance but any advice would be helpful.  It will be a few weeks before I hear back from my Doctor.  We may have free healthcare here in Canada but it means that everything takes FOREVER~ lol

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@Oneeleven: I’ve recently been having a lot of pain as well and my grandmother also underwent a partial hysterectomy at 24, with the rest of it at 36. I’m not 22 1/2 and have had terrible cramping for 4 days with light bleeding while on the pill. I can’t sleep because the pain keeps me awake. Did you ever follow up with your doctor? How did this go for you?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@sleepingbeauty88:

 

I have not heard anything yet πŸ™  My Mum had Endometriosis and had a hysterectomy in her late 30’s.

I will post here when I hear the results.

I think you should see your Doc if you can. 

I’m sorry you’re going through stuff like this.  It’s scary πŸ™

Post # 11
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t worry too much.  I have endometriosis and a few other things and they don’t automatically mean you are destined for a hysterectomy.  Feel free to PM me if you have questions!

Post # 12
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6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had one about a year ago for cysts and was diagnosed with PCOS. The experience itself wasn’t any more awkward than the typical annual visit. They usually get back to you pretty quickly, and my tech (though she wasn’t supposed to, I was clearly nervous and curious) pointed out the cysts on the screen. It was a little creepy, but it did make me feel better to SEE what was causing the pain.

Also, keep in mind that no matter what it is, it can probably be fixed or managed. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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3142 posts
Sugar bee

I hear that most sycts are completely normal as well. 

I am just concerned as I want to start TTC in about a year and don’t need the extra hurdle of cysts or endo as I am 40.. so technically an old bag already :p

Post # 14
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6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I had one. They stick the wand inside you, but it’s covered and lubricated so it doesn’t feel weird (or, at least, it feels as normal as it possibly can given what it is and WHERE IT’S GOING.)

And at least in my situation, it wasn’t super big so it didn’t hurt. And then video of your insides come up on this screen and you put your clothes back on and go home. The scariest thing is watiing for the results, IMO.

Post # 15
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2025 posts
Buzzing bee

@Oneeleven: thank you! I have my u/s appt tomorrow. I hope if they see any cysts that they please point them out to me so I know that I’m not crazy. I just hope they DO see something so I don’t think I’m just being crazy.

 

Post # 16
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3142 posts
Sugar bee

@sleepingbeauty88:

 

Is a DR doing the U/S?  If not, the technicians are not allowed to tell you anything, I don’t think.  But don’t hold me to that πŸ™‚

 

Good luck!

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