- 2 days ago
- Wedding: August 2018
We have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for a year and have started the fertility testing process. One of the tests includes an “HSG” which I wasn’t looking forward to but I really wasn’t expecting it to be as painful as it was!
During my previous visit I was prescribed two tylenol codeine and two advil to take as a precaution before the procedure. Walking into the clinic feeling sufficiently wobbly, I was confident. I was taken to the back xray room and asked to undress from the tummy down and to take a seat on the padded table. After doing so with a warm paper blanket covering my nether region, I againt, felt confident.
The nurse asked me to lie back and placed my legs into stirrups, moving a light towards her and pulling the steel cart containing the equipment she needed to perform the procedure. It started like a typical pap smear would, with the speculum and a cervix swab. Then things started getting real.
To my right I see this super long needle moving and she tells me that I might feel a pinch and slight burning. I quickly asked the nurse to tell me what it was for and she said it was to numb the cervical opening to make the catheter more tolerable. Next came the catheter. I didn’t feel it going in, but I felt the balloon inflate which was unexpectedly painful, but not nearly as much as the dye.
The nurse let me know that she was now going to inject the dye and the minute she did I knew it. It felt like a sudden hurricane of hot water followed by severe cramping. It felt like a rabid hedgehog was set loose in my uterus and was making its way one at a time down each fallopian tube. I gasped and nearly yelled “This hurts SO BAD!” my legs seizing and my finger nails drilling into my palms. The nurse tells me to hang in there while the assistant is doing the best she can to pull the xray machine quickly from left, to center to right. Thankfully they got perfect images the first go around and were able to yank the catheter out before the first tear spilled down my cheek.
When the catheter came out, so did.. everything else. Not to be graphic but a warm sea of dye and blood came through my legs, but honestly I didn’t care because the process was over. My blood pressure dropped just as soon as I felt better and had to lie back for ten minutes before I was able to get up, secure a thick pad to my underwear to prevent leakage, pull my pants up and get the hell out of there. I cried on the way down the elevator with my husband just from the shock of it.
I heard that the process could be painful for women who have blockages. I didn’t have blockages, both of my tubes were clear on the screen. Having been fully loaded up on pain killers, I don’t think I would have made it without them.
Did anyone else experience that kind of pain during your test?? I thought I had a high pain tolerance – I sat for a tattoo over two back-to-back days, 8 hours straight on both days of needle time. This was completely unexpected.