Post # 1
Hi – I have to go in for a HSG next week (i have tons for fibroids and they want to make sure tubes are not blocked) – I am so scared! I want to be fully prepped on what to expect….so, how painful was it? Can I drive myself home? Can I go straight back to work? How long does the pain last?
Post # 3
My Darling Husband had to be there to drive me home. Though I felt like I could have driven myself, I think it was just hospital policy that someone had to be there with me. The procedure itself wasn’t too painful for me, just extremely uncomfortable. The part that hurt the most was when he inflated the little balloon in my cervix. I did cry at that part.
They should give you a pad to wear after because you will leak like crazy for a little bit. The Dr also told me to go home and shower because the stuff they use (that leaks out) is really sticky and you want to get it off your skin.
I did have some minor cramps the rest of the day but they weren’t too bad. I could still function through them.
Post # 4
I didn’t have an HSG, but had a hysteroscopy. I believe the pain is somewhat similar for both. My RE gave me a prescription for valium beforehand and I think that really helped!
I had 15 fibroids removed last year. If you have any questions, let me know! Good luck with the test and I hope your tubes aren’t blocked!!
Post # 5
Mine wasn’t bad at all, really. They did it in office and I was totally able to drive myself home. I took 3 ibuprofin before hand and tried to be as relaxed as possible. It was uncomfortable, but by no means unbearable. I had some cramping for the next 2 days and then I was back to normal.
Like @sweetkate, they did give me a pad to wear home, but didn’t mention anything about taking a shower or anything. I’m also not sure if they inflated any sort of balloon. Maybe the did and just didn’t tell me, or I blocked it out? WHo knows!
Post # 6
Thanks girls…very helpful. I am kind of freaking out about the pain. Oh well, I guess it has to be done. Good luck to you girls – have been following you on the other thread (lurking) since I may be joining you soon. You guys are great resources and support. xx
Post # 7
I’ve never had one so I can’t offer you any advice, but I just wanted to wish you luck and that I’m sending good vibes!
Post # 8
@missbbc: Honestly it isn’t that bad. As long as the Dr can quickly find your cervix its over pretty quickly. Yes, it does hurt and at least for me it seemed to last a long time. But overall it was maybe 5 minutes from beginning to end. Just make sure to take some pain reliever beforehand, that helps a lot.
Post # 9
I did not find it very painful at all. Just a little bit of mild cramping when she was injecting the dye. I get severe cramps with my period and I didn’t think this was anything close to those. I think I took a couple of ibuprofen an hour or two beforehand. And I went there on a morning break, I work in a hospital and can’t get a day or even a morning off but was able to wrangle a couple hours away. I didn’t have any issues going straight back to work, they gave me a pad to wear but a couple of hours later there was nothing on it, either dye or blood. From what I’ve heard here and elsewhere, people’s experiences vary wildly. Good luck!