Scan (Vaginal)

Frequently Asked Questions


Do You Perform Vaginal Or Abdominal Scans?

Almost all the scans we perform at Beacon CARE Fertility are transvaginal scans.  The reason for this, is that the ovaries are small structures and we can’t sufficiently assess them with an abdominal scan.

A vaginal scan allows us to better assess the ovaries and the uterus.

Do Vaginal Scans Hurt? I’m A Bit Anxious About It.

Don’t worry, it is perfectly normal to feel a bit apprehensive before having a scan. Our team are here to guide and support you through it.

Generally speaking, a scan causes minimal discomfort, although you may feel a bit of pressure as the probe is inserted. Most women find that the scan procedure is much easier and not nearly as uncomfortable as a smear test.

If you can tolerate a smear test, you should have no problem at all with a vaginal scan.

Can You Walk Me Through The Scan Step By Step?


  1. The nurse will check your identification and will ask if you have any allergies, particularly to Latex.
  2. We will also ask if you would like to have a chaperone or third party in the room with you during your scan.
  3. The next thing we will ask about is your gynaecological history, such as any history with fibroids, polyps and cysts.
  4. In order to prepare for the scan, we will request that you to have an empty bladder. We will give you an opportunity to do this before the scan.
  5. We will then leave the room and give you a few minutes to prepare. We will ask you to remove the bottom half of your clothing, take a seat at the end of the bed, and apply a provided sheet over your lower half.
  6. The nurse will knock before re-entering the room. At this point the nurse will ask you to put your legs in the stirrups.
  7. The trans-vaginal probe will be inserted about 2-centimetres into your vaginal canal. As mentioned earlier, this typically causes minimal discomfort and you may just feel some pressure as the probe is inserted. Generally speaking, this procedure is far more tolerable than a smear test.
  8. We will discuss the findings of the scan with you as the scan is being performed.
  9. After the scan is completed, we will provide a scan report to the consultant for review.

Can Scans Be Harmful If I’m Pregnant But Don’t Yet Know?

Don’t worry, a pre-treatment scan is safe, even if you’re in the early stages of pregnancy and are not yet aware. The ultra sound can’t do any harm at all to the pregnancy.

If you have a question that is not covered in our FAQs please feel free to contact the nursing team at or 01-293-2955.

If you have an urgent or time-sensitive query outside of office hours, please call our Out-Of-Hours Line at 087-293-3714 (Hours: Monday-Friday, 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-9pm). In the case of an emergency, please call 999 or contact your nearest A&E.