In general, all the scans that are performed during your IUI, IVF and FET cycles, and even early in a pregnancy will be done as a Transvaginal ultrasound procedure. By placing the ultrasound probe into the vagina, the nurse or doctor can get clear images of what is happening on your ovaries as well as in the uterus, which will help when making decisions on what steps to take next.
Transvaginal Ultrasound Procedure
When having a scan, you will usually be asked to empty your bladder and remove your underwear. You will lie on an examination couch or specially designed ultrasound couch under a sheet. The ultrasound probe is a long thin rod (about the diameter of a super tampon). A small amount of ultrasound gel is placed on the top of the probe, which is then covered with a sterile plastic cover (generally a condom is used for this). This is then lubricated and placed into your vagina. If you feel more comfortable you can ask if you can insert the probe into your own vagina – this is very common.
You will be able to see what the operator is seeing on the screen attached to the scanner. Some clinics, like Fertility Solutions have a monitor up on the wall, so it is easier for you and your partner to see the scan findings. You should always feel free to ask questions if you don’t understand what is being looked at. The ultrasound is very safe to you, and safe in pregnancy. It does feel a little strange during the procedure, but it shouldn’t be painful.
As always, if you have questions, please call us on (07) 5478 2482 on the Sunshine Coast or (07) 4151 5222 in Bundaberg.