Post # 1
I have an appointment with my Reproductive Endocrinologist for a saline ultrasound on Thursday. Basically the doctor is going to thread a catheter through my cervix, into my uterus, fill my uterus with saline and then xray it to make sure everything looks normal in there.
I googled and got scared. Apparently this procedure can be pretty painful.
Has anyone ever had this done? I’m so anxious 🙁
Post # 3
Hi there. If you search the boards you will find another thread from a while back that asks this same question (search for “SHG” or “saline ultrasound” and you should find it).
I had one…hate to say but it was very painful for me. BUT, it seems that for most women it’s not that painful. Mine was painful because I had an abnormality, so they had to keep pushing more saline in to try to see it better.
Take some Motrin about 30 minutes before the procedure!
Post # 5
@Magdalena: the medical term for the procedure you are referring to is a Hysterosalpingogram or HSG test. Many bees going through the ttc process have had one so hopefully someone can tell you about their personal experience. I have one scheduled for my next cycle so I haven’t had the “pleasure” yet! From what I hear, and according to my doctor, the pain is different for everyone and ranges from mild/uncomfortable period-like cramping to more severe cramping. I’m sure this depends on several factors such as the individual’s pain tolerance and whether there are blockages or structural abnormalities. My doctor said to take a couple of ibuprofen before the procedure. Good luck and let us know how it goes for you!
Post # 6
I’m happy to say it went fine! It was just a bit of cramping, that’s all. Not that bad. The good news is that I have a normal uterus 🙂
Post # 7
@Magdalena: Glad it all went well and wasn’t too painful!
Post # 8
I had one in march, slight sharp pain with the insertion (which i wasnt expecting) of the catheter and then some cramping. it was faster than i thought it would be. and i wasnt uncomfortable after. good luck!!
Post # 9
I have to say I was on the painful/awful experience end of this spectrum. I had no idea what was going to happen- my dr did not explain that this wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill ultrasound (like… silly me- i thought they were gonna rub the thing on my hips/tummy- he didn’t tell me what it was called or I wouldve researched it)- so I think a lot of this was from my shock of— just what the hey are you DOING! I was in bed the rest of the afternoon and evening and the next day I was tender still- but 2 days after I was fine.
Make sure you take something BEFORE the procedure.
Post # 10
Yes. The 1st one was horrible. The 2nd barely hurt at all.