Post # 1
Did a search but didn’t find anything that was easy to find.
I am having a sono done Monday morning as part of my first monitored cycle with a fertility specialist. I had CD7 bloodwork today with an internal and abdominal ultrasound. I will repeat the blood/ultrasound on Monday before the sono as well. The nurse said I could take 1 tylenol an hour before the procedure and that it would take 20-30 minutes.
For those of you who have had this done already, can you tell me more about it? Painful? Uncomfortable? How did you feel the rest of the day? Any words of advice or wisdom?
Thank you in advance. I hate having stuff like this done (and am terrified of needles, so this specilist thing is really pushing me to “get a grip” and suck it up!) and hoping the sono isn’t as bad as I’m making it out to be.
Also, can someone tell me what exactly they are looking for in the sono? I assume to look at the uterus as a whole, and make sure it’s looking healthy/able to carry a pregnancy?
Thanks Bees! TGIF!
Post # 3
I haven’t had this paraticular procedure, but I’ve had similar ones (similar in that they place a catheter into my uterus) and it’s mostly just uncomfortable. For my HSG, I did take a couple ibuprofin before the procedure and it was fine. I then had an IUI and the same thing, just minus the meds before hand. For both, I just happened to have the day off, but I wouldn’t say I needed it. I don’t remember being crampy or anything after. If I was, it was clearly mild enough for me to forget about it.
As for the ultrasound part of your procedure, the internal ultrasounds are nothing. These are mostly just awkward. It’s painless just weird having a camera in your vag.
I was a HUGE huge baby about needles before I underwent my IF treatment. Trust me, the fear will go away. Now I don’t even stress about them.
Good luck and I hope you get your BFP soon!!
Post # 4
I have had this done as well as a HSG. I had my HSG done first, and thought that is was not bad at all. I didn’t have any pain (just slight discomfort) and felt fine after. My doctor had told me that the Sono was very similar and if I didn’t have any problems with the HSG, that I wouldn’t have any problems with the Sono. Not to worry you (because everyone is different) but the Sono was much more painful! It is similar to the HSG in that they place a catheter through your cervix into your uterus. But with this one, once they get the catheter in, they take out the speculum and put in an ultra sound wand and then start inserting saline through the catheter into your uterus. This was not comfortable at all and was actually quit painful. I asked them to stop several times. They are looking for any abnormalities in your uterus such as a fibroid or scarring that is attached to the uterus.
The good thing is that it doesn’t last very long, and you will get through it! Take some advil or tylenol before. I also suggest emptying your bladder right before the procedure. I had gone about an hour before, and it was very uncomfortable. Seriously, go while you are in the office waiting. It will help. I laid on the table for about 10 minutes afterwards and then felt fine. My doctor offered me stronger pain meds, but I didn’t need them. She told me to go home and take it easy for the rest of the day. Honestly, after about an hour I felt totally normal. My appointement was late in day so I didn’t go back to work, but you totally could.
They way I look at all of this testing and everything else that I am going through to get a baby, is that it will all be worth it. Each test or procedure is one step closer to my baby. I am terrified of needles and now my husband is giving me several shots a month. I don’t like it, but it is getting me closer to my goal. You have to keep the end goal in mind. This test is the same, you only have to do it once and it will get you closer to your baby.
Post # 5
I had a sonohysterogram done. The main purpose of the test is to look at the internal contours of your uterus. It can identify things like uterine septums, abnormally shaped uteri, etc. Unlike an HSG, it does not look at your fallopian tubes.
I am sorry to report, but for me it was quite painful. BUT…the good news is that I also did a lot of research online and the overwhelming majority of people who posted about theirs on various chat boards did NOT have much pain! Mine was more painful because they found something abnormal so had to inject extra saline, and also they had trouble threading the catheter through my cervix because it is bent. Plus I had a 2nd year REI fellow doing mine, so she didn’t have much experience, which probably didn’t help. Like funnybunny, the most painful part for me was when they were injecting the saline. After the procedure I was a bit lightheaded and nauseated, but again this is unusual and I was still able to drive myself home. Sat in front of the TV for an hour or two and then felt fine.
I would recommend taking 600 mg of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) about 30 minutes before the procedure. I always find that it works better for pain than Tylenol, unless you have some sort of medical reason why you can’t take ibuprofen. My doctor’s office had me take 600mg of ibuprofen beforehand but I forgot to take it at home, so I only got to take it about 10 minutes before the procedure which is maybe also why I had some extra pain!
Post # 6
Thank you for the wonderful posts ladies! I am definitely a little nervous but hope that its quick. Keep reminding myself I only have to do it once… And hoping it will all be worth it one day. Thank you again .. I’ll be sure to take the pain meds and hope they help 🙂
Post # 7
Wanted to update this for any bee’s in the future who search this and wanted to see what happened.
The overall procedure is very quick. About 2-3 minutes once they are in there. The insertion of the cathedar was very painful and uncomfortable 🙁 The Dr. kept apologizing and warned me it would feel very crampy, and it did. Once it was in and they inserted the saline solution it wasn’t so bad, no pain there or with the removal of the cathedar. They found that I have a septate uterus upon doing this test, so definitely worth it. He also could see that my tubes were clear so no need for an HSG test down the road, which is nice.
I’d definitely suggest taking the pain meds (I took Advil) an hour before and the ultrasound tech did tell me that doing with an empty bladder was more comfortable (thank you @funnybunny: for that advice). I came to work right after and they said I would be fine, might experience some slight cramping but so far so good.
Thank you bee’s for all your help. I hope everyone get’s their BFP’s soon!!! XO