Post # 1
Looking for advice on those who have had an HSG or considered it.
What was your experience? Was it painful? Did they find anything or was it just a peace of mind check?
Basically we’re at the point where my blood tests are showing everything as normal, and DH’s SA is showing normal. The OB today at my appointment basically said the next step would be an HSG to make sure I didn’t have any blockage – although she did say if it were her she’d wait a few more months until we officially hit the “trying for 1 year mark”…..but she’s willing to go ahead and do it if I want to be proactive. After that if it shows no blockage and we still aren’t getting pregnant it’s on to Clomid.
She gave me a quick run down of the procedure and said that there would be mild cramping. Of course emotional women trying to get pregnant should not be allowed near google…because reading about it in medical terms just made me anxious.
Curious to hear from those who have had it done, and what your experience was!
Post # 2
Honestly mine was much more painful than the doctor said it would be. When they inflated the balloon it was awful pain. However, I had a blockage on one side so that’s probably why it was so painful! Mine was part of the pre-IVF testing we had to do. The nurse said there was a good chance my body just spasmed it shut and that there wasn’t an actual blockage (apparently this is common). If the “blockage” shows at the entrance to the tube it could be a spasm, but if the dye gets stuck partway down the tube it’s more likely a blockage. For us, though, since we are doing IVF the blockage didn’t matter anyway!
I think most women don’t have as much pain with the procedure. It was also very quick. Good luck and I hope it goes well!
Post # 3
Congrats on TTC !
I had this test done twice, the first time there was some blockage the doctor had me tilt to my right and was able to clear the blockage. I did get pregnant 3 months later and ended up with a blighted ovum ( your tubes are super open after this test, best time to try after you get clearance of course , i think its something lke 24-48 hours no sex). I also took this test about 2 years ago and everything was fine. The test does hurt . I took a 600 motrin and still felt a lot of pain. IDK i guess everyone is different, but expect pain. I was crying for it to be over.
Post # 4
starfish0116 : mine took 3 doctors 45 minutes to get the catheter in which really hurt, the test itself was just uncomfortable and I had cramping after. the leaking dye for the next 24 hours was gross but nothing a pad couldn’t handle. as long as you have an easier time than me with the catheter you will be fine!
Post # 5
I had an HSG last winter as part of a fertility work up. It wasn’t fun, and there was some cramping, but it wasn’t too bad as far as gynecological procedures go (not nearly as bad as an endometrial biopsy I had). It was uncomfortable when they measured my uterus but my tubes were clear so it didn’t hurt for me when they used the dye. I took Advil about an hour before and was able to drive myself home after a bit (if I remember correctly they made me wait in the office for a short time before I was allowed to leave).
Post # 6
Trying to do my HSG they found out I have a pretty weird cervix, and so the part where they were inserting the catheter thru the cervix sucked… But the test itself was a breeze. On a scale of 1 to 10, with one being nothing and ten being awful period cramps that make you throw up… I would put the test at a 2 or 3. (Though, if they have to use forceps to reposition your cervix and a balloon to dialate it at the same time in order to get the catheter in… That part was more like a 7, but I am told that is ‘extremely rare’.) No worries, you’ll be fine!
Post # 7
LilliV : Sounds like we had a similar experience… 😕
Post # 8
I had it done as part of my fertility work up. I’m in a same sex couple doing IUI and they didn’t want to start treatment until they knew for sure that I was in great condition. I found it super painful tbh and I had taken two extra strength advil in prep. Felt like a really strong pinching feeling and I had cramping for about 24 hours. My tubes were perfectly clear though!
Post # 9
It was super painful, but I found out that I only had one fallopian tube and a small uterus – later to be confirmed as a unicornuate uterus. I also believe that it may have flushed out the one fallopian tube I have because I became pregnant shortly afterwards.
Post # 10
There was no reason to suspect anything so i suppose it was for peace of mind. I had no blockage and it wasn’t painful at all. Just some mild cramping for about 2 seconds, and just as soon as the cramping starting getting a little uncomfortable, it was over. I went at lunch and planned to take the rest of the day off to “recover”, but felt totally normal and just went back to work instead. I did take an advil about 30 minutes before the procedure as well. My RE seems to think I have a little higher pain tolerance too though since I’m just fine to walk out the door and do 3-5 miles of wandering around town immediately after IVF cycles.
Post # 11
I was terrified for my HCG as one of my best friends had a great deal of pain during hers. Mine was not painful at all – maybe 20 seconds total of what felt like mild to medium-intensity menstrual cramps. I was a little crampy for about an hour afterwards but it was not a big deal.
Post # 12
I had one and it wasn’t bad at all. I took Tylenol beforehand and just had a few seconds of mild cramping. I was suprised that I was in and out of there in like 5 minutes.
Post # 13
MrsLion : the really annoying part is that I transferred hospitals after that test (the one I was at was too inconvenient to have to go to appointments every two days during fertility treatments, and living in Boston means I have my choice of amazing hospitals so I can use convenience as a deciding factor) and they got the catheter in for IUI, a saline sonohysterogram, and my IVF transfer with ZERO problems. They said my cervix was totally normal.
Post # 14
starfish0116 : I guess I’m in the minority, but I had no problems with my HSG. It was super quick (maybe 5 minutes of stirrup time total) and no more painful than a pap.
On the other hand, I had a SIS a few years ago that was brutal and was the kind of pain the others in this thread are describing.
If I were you, I’d do the test just to rule out a tubal issue. I also don’t see a reason to wait until the one year mark, especially if it is already making you anxious. I would just get it over with!
Good luck and FX!
ETA: I did not have blockages.
Post # 15
I had mine done after an ectopic pregnancy. It was uncomfortable, but went pretty smoothly. I had no blockages, and did end up getting pregnant that cycle. I am currently 29 weeks.