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|Mon, 04-14-2003 - 8:02pm|
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's over quickly 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 (and I am usually shaky and lightheaded after my Paps). 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. I'll let you know how my consult goes.
Sorry for the long post - I just wanted to let those of you who have never done an HSG to know what it's like. I appreciate those of you who passed on their experiences!
Beth TTC #1 c#11