The dreaded HSG

I am not going to pretend to be brave here.  I am actually a little bit nervous about tomorrow’s HSG procedure.

The Hysterosalpingogram – AKA the HSG – is an x-ray procedure to check whether the fallopian tubes are open or blocked, and if the uterus is normal.  Iodine dye is inserted into the uterus to allow a contrast to be seen on the x-ray.  It allows the doctor to see on the free flow of the fallopian tubes and any abnormal lining of the uterus.  The procedure is relatively quick -about 5 minutes.  But for me it really was painful.  I took 800mg of Ibuprofen an hour before the procedure as instructed – it still hurt.

For my first test I was naive and had no clue it might be painful, so I wasn’t nervous.  But now, knowing what I know now!  I AM anxious!  The crappy thing is that Chris isn’t allowed in with me, there is nothing more I would like than for him to hold my hand whilst the dye is injected and I feel that burning cramping sensation run through my body.

When I called the clinic to make my appointment the receptionist who now recognises my voice (OK so I bet they don’t have that many Brits as patients) asked me why I hadn’t had an HSG already.  I pointed out I had one in January but I had to have another one after the possible ectopic pregnancy thing and how much I was dreading it.  She was very sweet and apologised, her tone also changed to be more somber for the rest of the call.  Bless, it was nice that she sounded to care. It must be a hard job working in a fertility clinic – it must be a bit bi-polar with so many highs and lows everyday.

Perhaps I will do some meditation to help me relax a little before hand :-s

On the positive side about this – once we have the results of this test we can go ahead and hopefully firm up plans for IVF round 2.

My HSG X-ray with my retroverted uterus (it's hard to see because it's hiding behind the catheter)

My HSG X-ray with my retroverted uterus (it’s hard to see because it’s hiding behind the catheter)

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18 thoughts on “The dreaded HSG

  1. Nara says:

    I hope it isn’t bad. I genuinely had no idea it was “supposed” to hurt and didn’t find it hurt at all when I had it. Maybe I was just lucky! Hopefully you’ll be lucky too!

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  2. lyra211 says:

    Hey, another member of the multiple-HSG club here! Aren’t we awesome? 🙂 Sorry you have to go through it again, and I hope this time is easier than last. I found my second easier than my first, mostly I think because I knew what to expect (it may actually have been less painful too, I’m not sure). Hopefully your second will be easier too.

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  3. Babyscienceproject says:

    Never mind meditation do some MEDICATION before the test! Can you take something better than ibuprofen? I have to say, my test hurt too. I’m sure this time won’t be as bad as you now know what to expect. The first time was a bit of a shock for me (and I took no painkillers beforehand 😐)

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  4. cakeitso says:

    Augh, I’m sorry you have to do that again! Like you, I was completely unprepared for just how much the HSG was going to hurt. At the time it was the most painful thing I could remember ever happening to me. I just had to breathe through it and tell myself “This is only for twenty seconds, you can do anything for twenty seconds” and for me that seemed to help. I hope that this time isn’t as bad for you. 😦

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  5. ourgreatestdesire says:

    OK, I’m with you on this one. I haven’t had an HSG since 2013 and I’m definitely nervous now that I know I have to have another one to move forward with IVF. I hope that everything goes smoothly. I can’t believe they don’t let Chris in there with you. There’s no way I would’ve gotten through mine without J holding my hand. 😦

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  6. ashleykyleanderson says:

    It’s always interesting to hear that some people have a LOT of pain with an HSG and some have none at all. A few years ago when I was explaining the whole thing to my mom she said, “If this was a procedure men had to have and there was even a *chance* that it would cause pain, they would ALL be medicated!” I think she is probably right. How did it go??

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