Post # 1
I’m getting an HSG! Have you had one? Did it hurt and what was your experience?
Some background: My husband and I have been ttc for 7ish months. My doctor said since I have already received a hormone workup, she would be fine with me getting an HSG to make sure all is well. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had to have a D&C at 2 weeks pp because I had retained placenta and had an infection that was making me sick. The doctor thought an HSG would be good to make sure that everything in my tubes is clear. She also told me that fertility is increased with a higher chance of conception for the following 2-3 months after the procedure. Is this true?? Just looking for any personal experiences or info I guess since I’ve never had this done before. Thanks!
Post # 2
I had two of them done.
The basics: mine included a separate internal ultrasound to presumably check things out that way, and then the HSG itself. Ultrasound was in a normal ultrasound room, HSG was in an X-ray room. I had to lie down, they inserted a catheter with a balloon on it, inflate the balloon to seal your cervix/uterus, and inject dye to see if it comes out the tubes. Quite honestly, I found it quite painful both times. The first time, they kept pushing the dye so it lasted a couple minutes (they thought one tube was blocked). The second time, I was shocked they were done so fast (did the second to confirm whether a tube was blocked before committing to surgery to remove it, the report from the first HSG was confusing and conflicting). They told me to take Tylenol an hour before, which I don’t know if that helped, but the majority of the pain was gone as soon as they pulled everything out. I had a bit of cramping for the rest of the day, but nothing debilitating, and had to wear a pad for the leaking dye.
As for success rates, my fertility journey isn’t exactly normal (we never tried naturally because my husband was on meds not compatible with babies, so I got tested while he weaned off and we went straight to IUI to speed the process) – I had my second HSG in July and had my IUI in september and the first one worked.
Post # 3
I had one after an ectopic pregnancy.
I found it pretty painful, but right when I got to the point where I was about to ask the doctor to stop, it was over. And it took me 7 months to get pregnant after
Post # 4
tm6173 : mine hurt but it was done by a couple of inexperienced morons. It should not take 45 minutes to place a catheter! I’ve had similar procedures during my IVF workup done by competent doctors and those were only a little uncomfortable. The theory behind it increasing fertility is that if there is a minor blockage the test can clear it. If a small blockage is the issue than it definitely can help but if there are other issues it won’t make a difference.
Post # 5
I found it uncomfortable but never painful. Felt like heavy period cramps. I also got pregnant with my son immediately after.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2017 - California
I had an HSG this past Summer after having a D&C in January and trying to conceive again for a few months after that. I took the recommended dosage of tylenol before the procedure (I can’t remember what it was, but it was more than the normal amount, I just took whatever amount my RE’s office recommended). My RE told me during the procedure exactly when to expect cramping, but I was very lucky in that my cramping was very mild and the process was very quick. I did not have much if any bleeding or pain after. In my case, my RE told me we could TTC immediately. I was in my fertile window, so we did BD and conceived that cycle. Unfortunately, I had a second miscarriage due to chromosomal abnormalities. So in my experience (which of course may not be typical) the procedure was relatively painless and I conceived a few days after the procedure.