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Member # 47021
posted 03-05-2012 04:16 PM
My doctor wants me to go in for a pelvic sonogram. I know these posts are becoming a saga, but once more.. I've been spotting on my birth control pills since Dec. 2010, finally went to the doctor about switching pills, now I'm five months into a new prescription and the spotting is still happening-- less, but it's still there. I began to track it a month or so ago and found out that it seems to be more likely to happen after sex. So I called my doctor. And she wants to send me in for this thing to make sure nothing is wrong. AND I AM SCARED OUT OF MY MIND. What should I expect? How should I prepare for this? What if something IS wrong? Any advice would be great... Thanks!
Member # 50455
posted 03-06-2012 07:40 AM
Breathe. It will be OK.
There are two main types of ultrasound that your doctor could be talking about - transabdominal or transvaginal. A transabdominal ultrasound is when they put the gel on your lower abdomen and rub a small handheld device called a transducer over it. That's what most folks think of when they think of an ultrasound. A transvaginal ultrasound is when they insert a (differently shaped!) transducer into your vagina to get a better look at things. Remember, this is your healthcare and you have the right to ask questions and know what is going on. The best thing to do in your case is call your doctor and ask her what type of ultrasound you'll be getting and what, if anything, you need to do to prepare for it. Let her know that you're scared and that you want to make sure things are taken slowly. You can also have a friend or relative with you if that would help relax you. If something is "wrong" then it's definitely better to know than not to know. The ultrasound won't make something wrong appear, you'll just know about it. Once you and your doctor have a better idea of what is going on then you can talk about what the next steps are.
Member # 47021
posted 03-06-2012 10:00 AM
A transabdominal ultrasound sounds significantly better, so I'm crossing my fingers for that one.
I took your advice and called the doctor's office, now I just have to wait for them to call me back. Basically I think they have me going in for this sonogram and a pap in the same week, so hopefully this will all be figured out soon... and quickly, because I don't want to worry about it anymore! I'm going to try not to stress about it until the time actually comes... but we'll see how well that goes! Thanks for your help.
Member # 90293
posted 03-06-2012 12:29 PM
The ultrasound place will give you different instructions for each type of ultrasound, so you should be able to know before you go in what test to expect.
Worrying about tests and their results is no fun. So yes, as coat rack said, breathe.