Performing the transvaginal ultrasound usually causes less discomfort than a pap smear. Your privacy will always be respected during your ultrasound, especially the transvaginal examination.

You will have a large towel covering your lower body, in addition to wearing a gown during the transvaginal ultrasound.

Pregnancy ultrasounds are performed mainly using transabdominal ultrasound.

If your bladder is very full and painful, you should empty a small amount so you are more comfortable.

You will be able to empty your bladder after the transabdominal ultrasound is completed and before the transvaginal ultrasound begins (if transvaginal ultrasound is required).

The probe is covered with a disposable protective sheath.

A small amount of ultrasound gel is placed on the end of this probe.

We will do our best to answer your questions and minimise your anxiety.

A first trimester ultrasound will usually include each of the following components however some ultrasounds may focus more on particular areas.The probe is then gently inserted a short distance into the vagina.All transvaginal probes have been cleaned and sterilised according to recommended protocols.A small amount of ultrasound gel is put on the skin of the lower abdomen, with the ultrasound probe then scanning through this gel.The gel helps improve contact between the probe and your skin. It involves scanning with the ultrasound probe lying in the vagina.A full bladder moves bowel out from the pelvis into the abdomen, helping visualisation of the pregnancy, uterus and ovaries.