As soon as I held that positive pregnancy test in my hot little hands, I scheduled an appointment with my doctor. I was excited, nervous, scared, and happy, all at once, and that first ultrasound was the culmination of those juxtaposing feelings. The problem? Well, it wasn't really the "normal" ultrasound I assumed I'd be having. Oh no, it was a transvaginal ultrasound. And believe me when I say there are more than a few things I wish I could've told my doctor during a transvaginal ultrasound, because it's not what I'd consider a "pleasant" experience.
A transvaginal ultrasound is exactly what it sounds like — an ultrasound performed using a lubricated probe that's inserted into your vagina and uses high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of an embryo (or whatever else is inside your uterus). It's often used to check for pelvic abnormalities, lower pelvic pain and/or bleeding, and cysts on the ovaries, but it's also used in the early weeks of gestation to confirm a pregnancy. At six weeks gestation, an embryo is only 5 - 9 mm long, so a transvaginal ultrasound is required to obtain a better image of the embryo and surrounding area, according to Advanced Women's Imaging.
When I walked into my doctor's office I had hoped I would've been far along enough to forego the transvaginal ultrasound entirely. Yeah, I wasn't. And since I've been required to sit through transvaginal ultrasounds before, especially when my polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) acts up, I knew what I was in for. So let's just say I had a few choice words for my doctor swirling around in my brain, and I sure as you-know-what wish I could've said them out loud.