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Pain during transvaginal ultrasound?

missusbroc
missusbroc

Anyone had pain when having a transvaginal ultrasound?

I’ve had about 5 different transvaginal ultrasounds and I remember on the first couple of times it was painful when she pressed on the sides of my cervix. Other times it wasn’t. So confused :(

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I personally think it depends on the person doing it. I have some that were SO painful and others where I couldn't feel it at all.

Whenever I go in now, I just tell the person doing it I am very sensitive. Breathing exercises too. I think its normal for people with endometriosis.

Wish you all the best :)

missusbroc
missusbroc
in reply to Harpyiai

Oh really? Thank you.

I was told by a gyno that it’s a sign of PID but I’ve had 3 rounds of swabs which were all normal and 3 rounds of antibiotics but the pain keeps reoccurring.

My other gyno says it’s impossible to be PID, but I saw lots of people with endo saying their ultrasounds didn’t hurt at all.

😓😓

Harpyiai
Harpyiai
in reply to missusbroc

Have you been diagnosed with Endometriosis?

Everyone is very different, but it is common to have some discomfort. I also have been Vaginismus which might be worth a look to see if you have those symptoms.

Here if you need to talk :)

missusbroc
missusbroc
in reply to Harpyiai

Not diagnoses yet, got my lap booked for next week. Thank you (:

Harpyiai
Harpyiai
in reply to missusbroc

Good luck and wish you all the best :) Look after yourself.

missusbroc
missusbroc
in reply to Harpyiai

Thanks you too! Also I saw your post on here, I had brown blood and bright red spotting before. My gyno said it wasn’t anything to worry about. Mine was caused by a hormonal imbalance from the Gnrh agonist injections.

Harpyiai
Harpyiai
in reply to missusbroc

Ah brilliant. Thank you so much. Just with the bloating, got a bit worried.

Me. I get nasty pain on vaginal ultrasounds and cervical smears. And then afterwards too. They can be agony. I take Naproxen the day before and on the day. But if you think about it, your insides are effectively glued together and then someone pops a long instrument in there and moves it around and gives it a good poke.....it’s never going to be a pleasurable experience! Finding my 5cm RHS chocolate cyst was interesting.....!!!!! I try and think of an old boyfriend of mine who was training to be a GP and on his first speculum insert for a smear, the lady contracted and the speculum shot like a rocket across the room.....fortunately they both had a bloody good laugh about it.....that story tends to make me a little less anxious......😂

Haha oh dear. I guess everyone is different, hope you don’t have to have any more poking around! I don’t think I could bear another.

I've only had one and mine wasn't too bad.

It's like Harpyiai says; really depends on the person carrying it out. I'd add though, what time in your cycle you're at, how stressed you are, as that can all affect your sensitivity.

You can take ibuprofen about 30 mins before your transvaginal ultrasound to reduce the pain. It's best to mention it to the radiographer / doctor doing your ultrasound as they can have someone in to talk to you / give you some painkillers.

xx

The first time I had mine done it was bad! Depends on where your endo is I guess, second time around I took my painkillers (I have metfenamic acid and cocodamol) about half an hour before my scan, and it was a lot easier. The easiest way to deal with it in my experience is to "stay ahead of the pain" and take painkillers before the apointment.

I have pain every single time I have an internal ultrasound, I think it may be quite common and makes sense as a symptom of endo is pain during sex!! I’ve tried saying that I’m sensitive but I’ve got a retroverted uterus so they have to do internal and dig around a lot to see my ovaries. Just breathing exercises and try to persevere- it’s much worse when you tense up!

Best wishes lovely :) x

I’ve had pain with all my ultrasounds, always rhs, in direction of my ovary. I now feel the pain there most of the time. That’s when the gyny started to think I have endo, and waiting to investigate. He said from the location he thinks it’s growing on a ligament that suspends the womb.

The pain was worse if I had ultrasound when I was already having other symptoms like pelvic pain and backache. I hope that helps to reassure you a little. It gave me a fright when it happened too. Xxxx

I've had 5 transvaginal ultrasounds at 4 different hospitals. Some weren't uncomfortable at the time, some were. 4 of the ultrasounds were normal but yesterday I had one done by someone who said she'd trained herself to look for endo & it was the first time abnormalities were found. Today I'm in a huge amount of pain 😢

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