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Transvaginal ultrasound - July 25th 2014, 05:23 AM

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So I've not been on here for a while (mostly due to the fact the websites been down haha) So I decided I should post.

My doctor wants me to get a transvaginal ultrasound, because I have extremely irregular periods (maybe had three in the past two years) and then the past month and a half, I've been on and off bleeding, never really heavy, but always just basically there.

Anyways... I don't want to go through with it. Im still a virgin. Incredibly shy, don't want anyone to go anywhere NEAR down there. I honestly already feel extremely anxious about it, and I've almost had panic attacks about it. I just don't want to do it. I want nothing near there, nothing in there, no. Just NO.

So I guess im posting this for advice.

Those who have gotten it, how was it?

What should I say to my dr when I see her this week? (I want her to know I do NOT want it unless it is absolutely 100% the only thing that can be done)

Am I being stupid for thinking the way I am thinking?

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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 25th 2014, 08:33 AM

Hey there,

You are not being stupid! Things like this can cause a lot of anxiety for a number of different reasons. I know that the first time I got a pap smear I was super nervous and very uncomfortable with the idea. I told the doctor upfront that I was nervous and that helped some.

I think that you should definitely talk to your doctor about this and explain how uncomfortable you are with the idea and go from there. There might be things your doctor could do to help ease the nervousness. Will the doctor you are seeing be the one who does it or will you have to go to a specialist? If your current doctor is doing it that might help ease the uneasiness because you are comfortable with them. If a specialist has to do it then I think you should explain to them upfront that you are really nervous about the procedure. Letting them know this would probably be helpful for them and might help ease your mind as well. They will probably be able to explain the process and help you get more comfortable with them. Also, something that helped me was having a female doctor. This might be something you would want to discuss with your primary physician.

In the end, as uncomfortable as this might make you it might be something you will have to do and it is important to remember that your health is the number one priority. There is something going on with your health and this might be the only way to help figure out what is going on. It might be an uncomfortable process to go through but taking care of yourself is the most important thing.

I hope that this helped in some way and I am wishing you the best of luck.


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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 25th 2014, 10:24 AM

I personally haven't gone through anything like this so it's not through experience that I'm advising you.

It's totally normal to be a bit nervous about this sort of thing. That's a very private and personal area and it's okay to not want others fussing around with it. Just know that the doctor is a professional, and probably does that procedure quite often. And they will know how to ease your mind a relax you.

The important thing to think about is that you need this to happen so you can find out what's wrong and try and fix the issue that you're having. Without it, you won't know and you'll keep having your period issue.

Basically, you've just got to do it. It will be a bit nervous but it's normal. Once it's done, you'll know what's up.



   
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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 25th 2014, 11:28 AM

If my recent experiences in medicine have taught me anything, it is that if you are overly assertive of your demands, someone will try to reach a compromise with you. I haven't looked into that specific procedure very much, but I am almost positive there is a less degrading alternative. Perhaps opt for abdominal ultrasound instead? The images may not be as clear as if it was transvaginal, but I bet they could still use it if necessary. There are probably other alternatives as well, which you can discuss with your doctor. If they are insistent, I would seek a second opinion from another hospital.

Really weigh your options and research everything before you go in for something that makes you uncomfortable. I personally would rather put a procedure off until I'm feeling confident in the situation than put myself in a position where I feel powerless and abused.
   
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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 25th 2014, 08:49 PM

The transvaginal ultrasound gives the best view.

It will probably be an ultrasound tech that does the actual ultrasound and not the doctor.

I would let the doctor know about the panic attacks thinking about it. They may prescribe an oral medication to help you relax or they choose to do the ultrasound in a different method.
   
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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 26th 2014, 12:20 AM

Hey there,

Does your doctor know you're a virgin? I don't know if all doctors or some won't do one if you're a virgin. I was asked to do one at one stage and when I told them I was a virgin at the time they just had to settle for a normal ultrasound instead.
So it's always best to check.
I have also had one done before and it is honestly nothing to worry about, yes it is uncomfortable and not the most dignified thing in the world but it's not painful. So speak with your doctor and see what they say, but they can get a lot more from a transvaginal ultrasound than they can through a normal one.

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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 26th 2014, 04:27 AM

Hey guys

I have to see a specialist, well, a lab tech. person to get it done. Someone who ive never met before. My dr said they'd try their best to get a female, but no guarantees. Im like... if it's a male, I will not hesitate to turn around and leave on the day of the appointment. I have an appointment with my Dr and im going to discuss the fact I ALREADY feel violated just thinking about it. And I am going to ask for a less invasive option. Try everything else and if it is ABSOLUTELY necessary, do the transvag ultrasound.

I am also pretty sure that I have to get this because I am overweight, which presumably rules out regular ultrasounds (although, I got a bladder one done and it was fine)

I am pretty sure my dr knows I am a virgin. I mentioned it to her when she asked me the first time we met if I'd had a pap smear done before.

thanks for responses so far.

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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 26th 2014, 05:36 AM

A transvaginal ultrasound can be a very helpful diagnostic tool. I've had them three times and each time the results were able to help provide better care for me. Perhaps it would be easier if you looked at it from a more medical standpoint: something is not right in your body, and this is the procedure your doctor (whom you presumably trust) feels will best enable her to discover the problem and find a solution that will eliminate it or at least make you more comfortable.

I can understand how it may be more intimidating if you are a virgin. Unfortunately I can't offer much consolation there, other than to let your healthcare providers know that this procedure is going to be very difficult for you emotionally, and to be as patient and gentle as possible with you. Transvaginal ultrasounds, in my experience, last no more than a few minutes, so if it seems overwhelming remind yourself that it is temporary discomfort and the experience will pass. It's tough, but I have found that mantra helps me through unpleasant medical procedures.

Of course you should still voice all your concerns and your discomfort to your physician and see if there is a less intimidating option for you. But if your doctor feels that TV ultrasound really is the best tool, familiarize yourself with the procedure (while invasive, it's simple and quick) and remember to take deep, controlled breaths. Focus on a "happy place" if you need to. Whatever your healthcare provider recommends, you can get through it.

I wish you the best of luck in finding out what's going on. Keep us posted if you feel comfortable.



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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 26th 2014, 03:05 PM

It doesn't take long, five minutes at most. The doctors and nurses who do these scans have been doing them for years, as difficult as it is you have to just think about it like this; for them it is routine and it's their job, so they aren't going to be made uncomfortable by the situation. They usually give you something to cover yourself up with a little too, so you're not just laying on the bed completely naked, you do have something to cover up with, maybe bring a towel or something with you just in case they don't provide anything.

If you have to have it done it will honestly be okay. Just try to keep calm, the calmer you are the sooner it will be over and done with and the easier you will make their job.

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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 26th 2014, 06:55 PM

No offense but they can't guarantee what gender the person is. In all honesty, 99% of the people in the healthcare field do not want to see someone's vagina. It's not sexual. I have to cath males and male nurses have to cath female patients. It's not sexual and in many ways, we'd prefer not to see someone's body 99% of the time regardless of whether it's the back, stomach, mouth, or gentiles. If it makes you feel better, most ultrasound techs are females.

Underweight shouldn't have anything to do with it. It's more of an issue if someone is bigger. However, there the chance that you may have bowel loops in front of one of the ovaries so that is one reason why they may go for a transvaginal.
   
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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - July 31st 2014, 05:05 AM

Lelola- Im overweight ^^" lol

I talked to my dr today to try and get out some of my worries. She said it is definitely going to be a female doing it, which helps my general anxiety. Now i just need to keep myself calm in general, yet im inwardly freaking out I hate anxiety.. and general discomfort/shyness/ self consciousness/discomfort about being naked/exposing anything to people




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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - August 7th 2014, 12:07 PM

well, my appointment is in about 2 hours now. So now im playing the fun game of drink a bunch of liquid and try not to pee yourself (have to have a regular ultrasound as well)

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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - August 9th 2014, 12:06 AM

Hey Rachael,

How did it go? Hope it all went okay, and wasn't as bad as you thought!

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Re: Transvaginal ultrasound - August 12th 2014, 03:39 AM

Well

I ended up freaking out for nothing. They didn't do it. My doctor said outright they would, but when I got to the ultrasound, they said they couldn't because I was a virgin.

Relieved but also was kind of angry because I was freaking out about it for weeks before.

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