HSG... what can I expect?

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Registered: 04-13-2004
HSG... what can I expect?
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Wed, 07-21-2004 - 5:16pm
Hi all,

I am having my first HSG next week to check my fallopian tubes. Can anyone tell me what to expect? I had a friend who did it and they gave her valium beforehand and she was pretty sore/crampy the rest of the day.

My doc isn't giving me anything to take beforehand, so just wanted to see if this is normal or if I should insist on something.

Thank you! Hope you are all doing well.

~ Linda

(bellaluna2004)

42yo TTC#1

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Registered: 06-14-2004
Wed, 07-21-2004 - 6:21pm
I've had this done 3 times. I took advil 1 hour before and right after and never had any pain. It is a simple procedure that isn't painful or uncomfortable. I thought it was neat - you can see the dye going through the uterus and tubes...

Good luck and don't be nervous!

Michele
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-21-2004 - 6:50pm
I thought I was going to die during my procedure.
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Registered: 06-17-2003
Wed, 07-21-2004 - 9:50pm
Ditto taking an analgesic beforehand. I found the procedure painful, but not for long (maybe a few minutes). They can tell you the results immediately. I have heard anecdotal stories of how many women become pregnant after the prodedure, as it clears out debris in the tubes. I became pregnant within 2 months of my HSG, but who knows if the procedure was the helpful intervention.

Best wishes!

Julie

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Registered: 04-13-2004
Thu, 07-22-2004 - 1:13pm
Thank you, all, for your replies. I know this is a minor procedure, but I always get a little nervous when they "go there". :)

Thanks, again - it helps to know what to expect.

Hope you are all well!

~ Linda

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Registered: 05-06-2004
Sat, 07-24-2004 - 11:37pm
I am also scheduled for this test but am very scared about it. It says on my form that there is risk of infection and that an infection could cause damage and scaring to the tube. Is there any chance that the test can go all wrong and I could lose my tubes or uterus? I know that is drastic, but why do they make you sign a consent form if there are not more risks than infection?

Mary

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Tue, 07-27-2004 - 2:20pm
Mary,

I know, I was thinking the same thing about the test. I think the chances of anything going wrong are really really minimal. And, the positives about the test are that you can see if there is any blockage, the shape of the uterus, etc., etc.

Have you had the test yet? I am having it done tomorrow morning, so I'll let you know how it goes.

Best to you!

Linda

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Registered: 05-06-2004
Tue, 07-27-2004 - 5:10pm
Linda,

Thank you for responding. I will think of you tomorrow and please let me know how it goes. No, I have not had it done yet. I have a scheduled biopsy next week and this test was supposed to be in my next cycle. I'll wait to hear back from you.

Thank you,

Mary

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Registered: 04-13-2004
Wed, 07-28-2004 - 8:40pm
Hi Mary,

I wanted to let you know that I had my HSG this morning. While I did have some cramping during the procedure, it went very quickly and was actually quite fascinating to watch the dye go through the tubes.

I would definitely recommend doing this test. It felt so good to find out that my tubes are open and clear - and now I can rule this out as a problem.

I have also heard that this procedure tends to "clean out" the tubes a bit making chances of pregnancy that much better. Could be a total myth, but I have heard that from several people. Even if it is a myth, I am going to "cling" to it while DH and I try on our own over the next few weeks! :)

Take care. Let me know how your biopsy goes. I haven't done this so I'm anxious to hear how the procedure is done.

Best,

Linda

(bellaluna2004)