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.