HSG Today

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Registered: 04-10-2003
HSG Today
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 8:02pm
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'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