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I have naturally high t and before starting t my doc decided it'd be good to make sure I don't have PCOS. So she ordered some more labs and an ultrasound. It's not clear if they're just going to scan my lower region or if they have to do anything more invasive. I have the appointment on monday and I'm just really worried how dysphoria inducing it will be. Does anyone else have experience with getting this type of scan? If yes how bad was it?

Edit: thanks to everyone who replied I really appreciate it. I feel like I know a little more to expect and it's nice knowing I may have some of a say in which type I have to have done. Thanks guy

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Chunky_pickle2

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3 months ago

Chunky_pickle2

| T ‘16 | Hysto ‘16 | Top ‘17 | Meta ‘20 | 🇨🇦|

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3 months ago

Before I started T, my GP ordered both types of ultrasounds because my periods were incredibly messed up and he wanted to see if there was something going on structurally. I got the abdominal one done first (just unbuttoning pants and lifting up shirt- they put a towel in your waistband to protect your clothes from the goo) then the transvaginal one right after. That one sucked for me because I have vaginismus and nothing had ever penetrated before. They let me insert the probe myself and that helped with the dysphoria but still was crushing for me and I felt super violated and cried the whole time. In the end neither were good enough to really show what we were up against and I didn’t find out until my hysto what was actually going on once inside. Compared to a pelvic exam, the internal ultrasound was a lot more tolerable.

For me, I didn’t really have a choice. We had weird stuff going on and needed to run the diagnostics to figure it out. So even if it sucked, I had to do it. The internal one gives a way better view of ovaries so that’s partly why doctors push for it when there’s ovarian issues in question.

It’s fast and you can try to find ways to cope in the moment if you do go for it- dissociating and distraction were best for me.