Post # 1
Some of you my have read my story in May/April 2017. In short, I was TTC for the first time in April, got pregnant, but was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy. Got treatment in May and it took 8 weeks for my HCG levels to come down to zero. I thought for sure my period would come quickly after so we could be on the road to TTC again. Well it’s now been almost 4 weeks since my HCG was 0 and my period started yesterday.
My OBGYN wanted me to have an HSG done to check if my tubes are clear (I had no risk factors for an ectopic pregnancy). I called as soon as the referral went through to the RE two weeks ago but was told I needed to wait until I had a period. Now that my period is here and we could be back to trying again soon I’m so scared. I know the HSG could give me peace of mind, but I’m not sure how it’s covered in my insurance and if we will have to pay a lot for it. I’m also scared of it showing some issue with my tube though I’ve never had a reason to believe something was wrong before the ectopic.
I called my insurance today, but it seems as though I’ll need to talk to the doctor’s office for more information on how covered this is. Money seems like a silly reason to decide whether to do the test or not, but I already have to pay almost $500 for the outpatient hospital treatment when I got methotrexate. I will also be paying nearly $900 for school this semester. Thinking about having to pay a lot for this HSG is making me more anxious than I already am.
I’m conflicted because I know having it done will give me either peace of mind that the tubes are clear or answers about why the ectopic happened in the first place. But not having it done may make me a nervous wreck during our trying again. And I am so SO scared of having another ectopic pregnancy.
I’m not sure what I’m looking for here. Advice? Insight? Personal experience? Opinions? I’ll take anything. My husband has been quite supportive through this whole process and then tonight when I had a breakdown after realizing that a real period meant we could be on to trying again, but I’m not sure he gets how scary it is on a personal level. (Besides he’s very much an optimist, while I’m a realist/pessimist about most things).
Anyway, I’ll take whatever I can get. Are you pregnant after an MC or EP, and how did you feel trying again? Do you have words of wisdom for those trying after a loss? Opinions on what to do? If you had an HSG how was it billed to your insurance?
Post # 2
I am pregnant after a miscarriage. I lost my first baby in January at 8 weeks, it was awful and I have to say the BFN’s hurt more in the cycles after my loss.
BUT…I am now 20 weeks with my son and it was all so worth it. When I see him wiggling on my scans or feel him moving around in there I realise I wouldn’t have him in things went right in my first pregnancy and this is the baby I was meant to have.
I hope things get better for you and that your next pregnancy is a healthy and happy one. Good luck 😘
Post # 3
If it were me, I wouldn’t do the HSG. I think it’s overkill. I had an ectopic pregnancy at the age of 16 and went on to have 3 healthy pregnancies. Ectopics are often like miscarriages- they just happen. I’m sorry you’re going through the stress and anxiety of it all 🙁
Post # 4
If it isn’t “medically neccessary” your insurance might not cover it.
Post # 5
Thanks, y’all. I went ahead and scheduled but asked that they call me if it ends up not being covered. If it isn’t covered I will just cancel it.
Post # 6
i had an HSG done as part of infertility testing. while my insurance does not cover treatment, testing is covered. the cost of an HSG is miniscule in the scheme of things so for peace of mind and to make sure everything is ok, i would get it done.
money is always stressful, i understand, we had to figure out how to pay for multiple rounds of IUI and IVF out of pocket to get pregnant. but try not to let this little test stress you out about money. it will all work out and maybe end up being 100% covered.
Post # 7
I’m so sorry that you’re going through all this stress and turmoil- the time following any miscarriage is such a difficult time, and when you add in the extra layer of fear for your own life after an ectopic pregnancy, it can feel terrifying.
I’ll try to be concise with my story- I’ve had two HSGs, the first in 2014 after nearly a year of TTC with zero hints of a BFP. For some reason, it was partially covered by my insurance, but I still ended up having to pay about $700 afterwards as the individual bills from the hospital, dI got, etc. came in. They found that my tubes were blocked, but the HSG actually completely cleared out my right tube and partially cleared out my left by the end of the test. The next cycle, I ovulated on the right side (was being monitored to check for ovulation, as we had just started with the RE), and I got pregnant with my daughter (no other interventions were used, just the HSG seemed to work some magic). The test was VERY painful (probably because I did have blockages on both sides), but it was very quick and 100% worth it (obviously- I have a lovely daughter!).
On our first cycle trying for a sibling last fall, I ended up with an ectopic pregnancy (most likely in the partially blocked left tube- they couldn’t find it by ultrasound). After taking two rounds of methotrexate, I was INSISTENT that I have another HSG after the 3 month waiting period, because I didn’t feel safe TTC again since I knew from my first HSG that I had at least one partially blocked tube (so I know my situation differs from yours, as you’re not sure if it was a fluke or something going on in your tubes). However, I would really recommend getting the HSG done for your peace of mind. I had HSG #2 at the end of December, and that HSG was able to clear out the remaining blockage in my left tube and it showed that right tube was still open (and it wasn’t painful at all- just felt like some pressure!). I felt much better moving forward knowing that there was no scar tissue from the ectopic hanging around in my tubes, and I was 100% ready to continue our TTC journey. The second cycle after, I became pregnant with my son, and I’m currently 26 weeks along and doing well so far. Also, I should mention that for the second HSG, I went to an RE’s office instead of the hospital to have to done, and paid out of pocket. It was much cheaper ($400) and the experience was much smoother overall.
I’m so sorry about my long novel, but I wanted to give you some background about how the HSGs have helped me both physically and emotionally. I know my story may not apply to everyone and that I’m incredibly lucky that this has worked out so far, but I did want to encourage you to at least consider having an HSG so you can get a better idea of what you’re working with regarding your tubes. I wish you the best of luck!!!