Many women are very sceptical and apprehensive about getting vaginal examinations done as it can be very uncomfortable for someone if it is their first time.
Hopefully these answers will be able to put some doubts to rest.
1 Do I need to drink a lot of water to make my bladder full before an examination? Ans: No, it is better that your bladder is not full as it allows for an easier examination.
A full bladder is required if an internal that is vaginal examination is going to be done.
In such cases you need to drink between 1 to 2 liters of water at least 90 minutes before the examination.
2 What if I have my periods? Ans: It does not make much difference to the scan, unless your periods are very heavy.
3 Will there be problem if I get a vaginal scan early in the pregnancy.
Will it harm the pregnancy? Ans: Carrying out a vaginal scan is a technique in the early pregnancy that sees embryonic structures, on an average about a week earlier than if a scan is carried out abdominally that is a tummy scan.
By this we mean it could most likely detect a heartbeat at 6 weeks of pregnancy.
Vaginal scanning is used in all good early pregnancy units.
If you are still unsure please consult with your doctor.
4 What is a transvaginal ultrasound? Ans: Ultrasound works by sending sound waves at a target, in this case the womb and then an analysing pattern produced by the echoes that bounce back is observed.
This can be somewhat compared to detecting a submarine with sonar.
5 What is the vaginal Probe? Ans: The vaginal probe is about the size of a tampon and most women don't find this experience to be uncomfortable.
For the first time you might be a little apprehensive but that is natural.
An advantage of this probe is that the bladder does not have to be full which makes waiting and the examination much more comfortable.
6 What is Hysterectomy and does it cause menopause? Ans: Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus that is the womb and it does result in the stoppage of menstrual periods and pregnancy as well.
Removal of the ovaries will result in menopause in women who are still menstruating regularly.
If the removal of the ovaries is necessary then the symptoms can be treated with Hormone Replacement Therapy.
7 What are the risks of Hysterectomy? Ans: It is important to understand that every operation carries a certain amount of risk, especially when anaesthesia is administered.
There are possible complications like bleeding, clotting, infection and possible damage to other organs as well.
Having said that there are low risks with hysterectomy, and even lower with Laparoscopic Hysterectomy.
The risks are more for women who are overweight, smoke or have other medical problems.
These are just a few frequently asked questions about gynaecology.
If after this overview you would like to consult a gynaecologist in Melbourne then please contact Dr Nicole Ong at http://www.