Post # 1
So my DH and I saw a fertility specialist at the end of June. He wants to do more testing (the standard bloodwork, SA and HSG) before starting any drugs. I have been having CRAZY long cycles (like 50->70 days) so I thought that it would take forever to get in to get an HSG (done between CD6 and CD12) and was pretty bummed that we had to wait so long to see the specialist and will have to wait longer to actually take any action (why couldn’t I have done all these tests while waiting for my initial appt with the specialist?!?!!).
Anyway, the bad news is that I am not pregnant this cycle (despite having GREAT timing), but the good news is that at least I can (hopefully) get in to get my HSG done sooner than I originally thought.
So, tell me about your HSG. I will have a morning appt at the hospital, but they said that because they book 10 people at once and you just have to wait in line that you could be there for 2.5 hours. They also said that I should be prepared to take the day off work if I had bad cramping. Should I try to work from home if I can? or just book the day off? or is it better to go into work late and then leave “sick” if I’m not feeling well?
Post # 2
AllieBee12 : Mine was easy and I felt fine the rest of the day, but I know a lot of people have not as good of an experience, so I’d plan to work from home if you can that way you don’t have to try and get to work but you don’t have to waste a day off either. I highly doubt you’d be so miserable that you couldn’t at least work from home.
Post # 3
Mine was also fine and I just had some cramping after. I took the day off so maybe plan for that just in case you don’t feel like driving to work, but working from home would be doable. Just feels like worse period cramps afterwards. I took Tylenol before the test to help with that. I generally felt totally fine aside from the cramping that lasted maybe a couple hours. I also got pregnant the next cycle/2 weeks later (they said that’s not uncommon since the dye can clear out any “soft blockages” in your tubes not detected on the test) so good luck!
Post # 4
Geez, that sucks that they book everyone at once like that and dont’ just give you and appointment time. Mine was super easy, I cramped for about 10 seconds as the dye went through, and just as it started to get uncomfortable, they said it was over and that was the worst of it. I went during my lunch break and told my team I wasn’t coming back, but I felt perfectly normal by the time I even made it out of the hospital to my car so I just went back to work. If you have the option to work from home (I don’t, so any time I miss I have to make up or use PTO, and we dont get sick time), I’d just do that.
Post # 5
My comment wouldn’t post for some reason…
MrsBG : mama2.0 : Thanks for your feedback ladies! I’m a planner so I like to know everything I can before doing something new.
pinkshoes : I agree about the way that they book these things… especially because I just got an email saying that they can’t get me in for the HSG this cycle.
They say to call on CD 1 and leave a message. Then they email you saying whether you got in or not. So this morning I get an email saying they couldn’t get me in and that it may take 2-3 cycles. I am so upset about it because my cycles are long and crazy, so 2-3 cycles could be anywhere from 2-7 more months for me!
My followup appt with the RE is in 56 days…. so it’s HIGHLY unlikely that I will have had the HSG before I have that appt. So now I’m not sure if I should push the appt back or just go see him anyway and maybe he’ll prescribe Clomid without having the HSG done yet.
(I’m in Canada so we don’t pay for these appointments, but it’s really hard to get in)
Post # 6
Mine was pretty quick since it was done in the office. Maybe 5 minutes max for the actual procedure. The pain is similar to cramps when they insert the fluid into your uterus. The most pain is when they push the fluid through your tubes. But it’s all over quite quickly. I would rate it a 5-6 on the pain scale but again it’s over before you know it
I took the day off even though I work from home. I’m glad I did so I could lay back and let the bloating work itself out. But I could have sucked it up and done some work at home if I really needed to. I wouldn’t have gone into the office that day though.
Take ibuprofen before and wear loose clothing. Good luck at your procedure when it finally comes around and best wishes on your IVF journey!
Post # 7
My personal experience wasn’t too bad I did take ibuprofen about an hour before the test and they had me on antibiotics as well just in case of infections. The procedure was fast and they were in and out as quickly as they can. The cramping part for me was when they inflated the balloon and started to put the dye in the tubes and they try to be quick with the x-rays and made sure they got what they needed. Luckily I didn’t need to do any more treatment or testing cause apprently right after the HSG test I got pregnant. Hope that happens to you as well.
Post # 8
Everyone is different, I’ve read of people having an HSG being like a walk in the park and I’ve also heard of the opposite.. I had one in April and I will advise you to take ibuprofen beforehand.. that kind of sucks that you don’t know how long until yours is done, though 🙁 I took mine 30 min before my appt time and by the time I got in to do it (pregnancy test took FOREVER to be resulted), the ibuprofen didn’t do a thing. I had alot of cramping, but I was also watching the screen and I think my right tube was partially blocked because I didnt feel any pain when my left side spilled out, but my right didn’t spill until AFTER i got the bad cramping and about 10-15 seconds after the left one even did. It can be intense/brutal, however, it isn’t worse than your worst period cramps you can get, it doesn’t last long, and the end result (potential baby) is SO worth it. You will be one step closer to finding out if anything is wrong, and potentially getting your reward 🙂 Some people end up pregnant within 3 months of having HSG. I did not, but I know it’s fairly common 🙂 Good luck!!
Post # 9
Oh, also, I did not personaly experience cramping after the exam was done. So I could have gone back to work.
Post # 10
take Advil an hour before going. I went right to work after mine. It wasn’t bad, mild cramping. What hurt was the pinching of the cervix. I was there for like 2 hours, morning appointment and went straight into work after. It was the first time in years I had to wear a pad which was uncomfortable.