Has anyone had the HSG test (more)

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Registered: 04-03-2003
Has anyone had the HSG test (more)
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 3:46pm
Hello all ~ just came from my doctor's appointment and she wants me to go for a HSG test. Was wondering if anyone has had one and if they can give me a little insite as to what to expect. Thanks Much !! Lisa

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 4:33pm
Hi Lisa,

I had and HSG test done about a month ago. As far as the proceedure goes, they insert a speculum into your vagina, (like a pap test) then insert an instrument that holds the cervix still, then a cathater is inserted into the cervix opening, and a dye is injected into your uterus. As the dye moves thru, a series of xrays are then taken, and the dr can see the flow of the fluid thru the uterus, and tubes. I will say that as far as "pain" is concerned, it was very uncomfortable. It will all depend on how you handle pain. Let me just say, that i've had period cramps worse. My dr told me to take a pain reliever before the test, which i forgot to, but the pain was bareable.. Hope all goes well... If you have any more questions, just ask...

Melissa 33 ttc#1 c6


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Registered: 04-10-2003
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 8:06pm
I just posted this as a separate message, but I thought I'd add it here - sorry for the repeat. I just had my HSG today. I agree with the other poster that it is painful, but it's quick, and if you can handle a pelvic exam and/or menstrual cramps, you'll do fine. Just remember to breathe!

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I mentioned in my first post last week that I was going in for an HSG today. I don't know the results for sure because I have to go back to discuss them with my doctor. I am a military spouse, and the military system, as many of you probably know, is not the best place to do these things. They had ten of us in a group and we had to wait in skimpy gowns while each one took her turn. Ugh. And, of course, they don't take any time to discuss the results with you, so you have to come back for that.

Anyway, for those who are nervous about the procedure, it was as people told me it was - not too bad and over quickly. It starts like a regular pelvic exam, but then they insert a tube into your cervix to inject a dye into the uterus. That part is painful - like a sharp cramp. But it eventually subsides and once they take the X-rays and remove the tubes, the cramping is gone. The whole procedure took 10 minutes. Although I was a little shaky, I felt fine by the time I left the clinic. Most women brought their husbands because they were told that they should have someone drive them home. I was fine by myself (husband couldn't come) - I even went shopping on the way home. But others may have needed it - at least for moral support.

The bad news is that they said that the dye wasn't flowing all the way through my fallopian tubes, which may indicate a blockage. I won't know until I talk to my doctor about it. As I was lying there on the table in discomfort and listening to them talk about it, the thought running through my mind was, "if I have to go through more invasive prodedures like this to have a child, maybe I'd be better off either adopting or not having children - if I ca't deal with this, how can I deal with childbirth?" But after it was over, I realized that I could probably get through it. We'll just have to see what happens.

Beth TTC #1 C#11

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Tue, 04-15-2003 - 10:28am
Thanks to everyone who has answered me back. It won't be so bad no that I've read some of your replies. Just one last question, (because I forgot to ask my doctor). After the test is over, is there any length of time you need to wait to ttc, or can you try on that very next cycle ? Thanks again I really appreciate all of the information.