Flashback Friday: Guys Have Ultrasounds, Too


Flashback Friday is a weekly series that takes you back to earlier moments in our story as a married couple dealing with infertility. We’ll give you glances of what we’ve been through, what steps we’ve taken to get us here, and what we’ve learned along the way.

Having determined that I had a Grade 1 varicocele, our doctor said an ultrasound would be necessary to investigate the matter further. So, in late 2011 I took a few hours off of work one afternoon and made my way to our nearby medical center to have my man-parts looked at.

I don’t really recall being to uncomfortable with the whole thing, but that doesn’t mean the entire procedure was exactly comfortable by any means. It was just, weird.

The entire process only took about 15 minutes from start to finish, and I have to admit the ultrasound room was rather relaxing. It was larger than I was expecting, and the lights were quite dim, which was nice. I almost fell asleep at one point, I think.

The ultrasound tech had me lie down on an exam table, and respectfully had me drop my pants to my knees while covering me with a warm blanket. She then handed me some medical gowns to cover myself. Well, all except for my…well…it’s called a testicular ultrasound for a reason.

She proceeded to scan for any irregularities or abnormalities in my anatomy that might help diagnose our specific case of infertility. She mentioned from time to time she was just going to be “taking some pictures”, which obviously was for medical purposes although I did think about coming up with some witty quip to say to lighten the atmosphere.

But I didn’t. It was just too weird.

Anyway, as I said, the whole procedure was over in about 15 minutes. Not really a big deal.

As it turned out, everything came back normal from this test, and they determined that my Grade 1 varicocele wasn’t a significant factor in our infertility diagnosis. No surgery would be necessary! Well, at least for me.

So, gentlemen. Be aware that ultrasounds aren’t always just for the ladies!

That’s all I’ve got for this week’s Flashback Friday. Hope it wasn’t too awkward for you. Sorry if it was.