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Preconceptions versus experience of transvaginal ultrasonography in older women

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To determine whether women find that having a transvaginal ultrasound scan is better or worse than they had expected.


Fifty‐four consecutive women in an ovarian cancer screening trial filled in linked questionnaires before and after having a transvaginal ultrasound scan.


The women found that having a transvaginal scan was less painful (P = 0.003) and less embarrassing (P = 0.001) than they had expected. They found it less uncomfortable than expected in comparison to having mammography (P = 0.013) or a cervical smear (P = 0.004).


Women attending for a transvaginal scan can be reassured that it will not be as painful or embarrassing as they fear, and that it is not as uncomfortable as having mammography or a cervical smear. Copyright © 2004 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Keywords: acceptability; preconceptions; transvaginal ultrasonography

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Gynaecological Oncology, James Cook University Hospital, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK 2: Post Grad Institute, School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK

Publication date: 01 October 2004

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