Post # 1
So my H and I have been TTC for 6 months. I’m 34, he’s 38 (Very soon to be 39). I had a regular dr checkup this week and asked my dr if he would consider doing any bloodwork bc H and I are starting to get concerned that there may be a problem and since we are a bit older, we would rather try to find out sooner rather than later. (I told the dr we were TTC for 7 months thinking it would be long enough for him to consider running tests) my dr said that he thinks it’s a bit “premature” to do any labs since I’m using opks and get positives and bc I accidentally got pregnant a year ago which resulted in a Chemical pregnancy. He said that I apparently can get pregnant so he doesnt really think there’s an issue. he wants me to give it until April and said if I’m not pregnant by then, to call him and he will do and HSG test.
I know that they put dye into your tubes to make sure everything is open and clear. The dr also said that he has had a lot of women become pregnant within 4 months of having the test. Does anyone have any experience with this test? Did you get pregnant soon after?
Post # 3
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
@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
@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
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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@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 # 8
Thanks for the responses!!
I think I am more scared of the actual procedure, rather than finding something is wrong. At least if I know there is a problem, we can work on correcting it. (though I am sure if that is the case, I will be extremely nervous.) I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to medical procedures. I pass out when I get blood taken LOL. I am really hoping that I will manage to get pregnant (and stay pregnant) before it comes to having this test done.
The dr said that he would want to do the test to make sure that nothing has changed, and that everything still is open. He said obviously everything was clear a year ago when I had the CP, but said that things can always change. A year is a long time, so I am wondering if something, somewhere along the way has changed – hormones, blockage, ect.
This whole process can be so aggravating.
@Turtle Bride – Sorry to hear that your test was painful. What is the doctor doing next since they discovered the blockage?
Post # 9
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
@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
@princessbelle: Ok, now I am getting increasingly nervous about this!! A donkey kick?! haha. What is the pain like? Dull? Cramping? Sharp?
Post # 12
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
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
@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
@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
@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.