HSG test

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had an HSG in the fall.

They insert a speculum and clamp your cervix to insert the syringe. It is quite uncomfortable but the pain/pinching only lasts a minute or so. I was quite nervous so I had my DH with me to hold my hand. They then insert the syringe and die, you watch the die on a real-time x-ray (fluorscope). You want to see the die fill your uterus, spread through your fallopian tubes and out into the pelvic cavity. The procedure is painful again when they remove the clamp, but once again only for a minute.

I had two cycles, with the assistance of fertility drugs after the HSG and got pregnant on the second cycle. However, I did need the assistance of fertility drugs and would not have been able to get pregnant without them. So I feel like our situations are quite different. You seem to be ovulating and able to get pregnant without assistance. The HSG for me was necessary to ensure that everything was open prior to spending $1000’s on fertility drugs.

Good luck to you and I hope you get pregnant before having to have the HSG, xoxo 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@AlmostHisWife:  I’m commenting to follow since I’m going to the doctor Thursday and we’re likely going to schedule a HSG for this cycle. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@AlmostHisWife:  I had an HSG a couple of days ago. My situation is different to yours; we’ve been trying for 6 months and have had 4 consecutive chemical pregnancies. We had an ultrasound earlier and everything looked fine, but since 4 consecutive miscarriages is definitely not normal, I was scheduled for an HSG.

The procedure was exactly as described by FMM, but in my case it was painful since the RE could not get any of the dye to get into my left tube, so she had to put extra pressure for a while, and still no success. So it did hurt and I was bleeding for the rest of the day. I had some cramps the day after as well.

Neither my OB nor the RE ever mentioned that women get pregnant shortly after an HSG, so I can’t comment on that.

I hope you get pregnant soon and don’t need to do an HSG. Best of luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am also commenting to follow, since I will also schedule an HSG soon. I am a bit nervous about it – both because I am worried to find something wrong, and because I have heard that the procedure can be painful! (it seems very variable – some people say it doesn’t hurt at all, just uncomfortable, and others have told me it hurt so much!)

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@AlmostHisWife:  My best friend did it and they found one tube to be

 

I would suggest getting set up at fertilityfriend.com and make sure you are ovulating. It could save many tests for you down the road and you will become so much more informed and in control of your body.  The FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) is fascinating and very empowering! Read about it from the book  Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I had one done in nov.  It felt like I was donkey kicked in the uterus.  The left side hurt sooooooo much worse and they say that can be do to a blockage.  They didn’t say I was blocked she just said she wanted to see good so I am thinking I had a partial blockage.

They claim you are extra fertile for three cycles afterwards.  We got our bfp in jan and it was from my left ovary funny enough!

It’s truly not as bad as you might think and totally worth the peace of mind.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@AlmostHisWife:  The RE said that it’s very unlikely that it’s blocked since I’ve gotten pregnant 4 consecutive times, she said sometimes the tube contracts/cramps to avoid anything foreign (the dye) to get inside. If I have another miscarriage she’ll schedule a hysteroscopy.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FMM:  

@Turtle83:  

@princessbelle:  Ok, now I am getting increasingly nervous about this!! A donkey kick?! haha. What is the pain like? Dull? Cramping? Sharp?

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had a HSG done last Oct, but it’s been 3 cycles since, and still not pregnant.  Mine was not painful at all though.  The doctor would warn me a few times “ok, you’ll feel some pressure”, but I’d barely feel a thing.  Only when the dye was inserted that I felt a very very mild cramping for about 15 seconds, and it was over before I knew it.  My cramps during my periods are magnitudes more painful than the HSG.  I had left work early to go have it done, and it was such a breeze that I went right back to work afterwards.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The more I think about the HSG, the more I panic. I’m terrifed that something will be wrong and we’ll have to face the decision of where to go next since our insurance pays for zero fertility, well, anything. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@AlmostHisWife:  I was nervous about the procedure as well, but as I said for me I only had cramping while the clamp was being applied and removed and it only lasted a minute each. I was also nervous prior to the test and so I was given valium to take before the test, I am sure that helped a bit..

I was able to watch the fluoroscope to watch the dye pass through my tubes. I don’t know if this is normal or not, but I do work in the medical field and so that may be why he allowed me to see.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

@AlmostHisWife:  We had been trying for 18 months when I had mine in July. It wasn’t painful, just uncomfortable but i has taken a couple of painkillers beforehand to make sure. I am currently 17 weeks pregnant, so got pregnant on the 4th cycle after my HSG. My results were normal, however i did notice a massive change in my cycle after it, I started getting ovulation pains so bad that they put me out of action for the night, and my period pains were even worse but only for one day accompanied by one day heavy bleeding then they finished pretty quickly so they only lasted 3-4 days. I hope you get the answers you are looking for, don’t worry about it too much.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@PeachBee:  haha I don’t want to scare you!!! I am by no means a wuss but it was pretty intense.  I was told to expect period cramps but to me it literally felt like I was kicked by a donkey.  Intense all at once pain, not sharp or dull just BLAM.  I actually jumped and then laughed about it so I mean it wasn’t tear inducing but it hurt.

 I have a friend who had one done just a couple months before me (total wuss) and she didn’t even bat an eyelash.  It truly is different for everyone.  I guess if you go in expecting really bad period cramps you might be pleasantly surprised.

Oh and I also had a HUUUUUUGE clot come out and the Dr. said that was fine so don’t be worried about any bleeding.

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