For the record, only a small portion of the probe will be inserted. To help ease the pressure or discomfort, the doctor will wrap the wand with a condom and lubricant. You’ll also be asked to take a deep breath and relax to promote comfort.
You may or may not need to have a partially-full bladder for the test
For better visualization, you might need to have a partially-full bladder during your examination.
Try to drink at least 32 ounces or 946 ml of water (or any fluid) within an hour before the procedure; if you can, drink all the fluid within 30 minutes.
There are also instances when the doctor wants you to have an empty bladder. If that’s the case, you’ll simply have to go to the bathroom before the transvaginal UTZ.
The whole procedure only takes about 15 to 30 minutes
When you think about the many transvaginal ultrasound uses, you might feel that the process will take a long time.
But, contrary to popular belief, the test is pretty quick—it will usually be over within 15 to 30 minutes.
Here’s what you can expect during the examination:
- A sonographer (an expert in ultrasound) will explain the procedure to you. He or she will also be the one to facilitate the test.
- You’ll lie on the examination table with your legs supported by stirrups – just like when you’re having a pelvic exam or Pap smear.
- The sonographer will insert the probe into your vagina, and the sound waves it produces are converted into images, which are shown and recorded on the screen.
- Once the sonographer believes they have enough images, they’ll remove the probe and give you time to clean up and get dressed.
Depending on the institution, you may get your results immediately, or you’ll have to wait a couple of days before the sonographer makes their observation and forward it to your doctor.