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Hi, I am 40, and TTC # 2 for 8 months now : . #1 was a surprise : , she was conceived while I was on the pill. All the more ironic that I wasn't even trying with her, but now she's 2 and a half, and hubby and I are longing for #2!

My OB is an infertility specialist, and he's ordered an hsg test for me in 2 weeks. I might have scarred/blocked fallopian tubes from an infection I had after my C-section.

I'd like to hear from any ladies who have experienced this procedure, and what it was like. Was it very uncomfortable? My Dr said some women become pregnant after having this test done, the theory is the contrast material flushes a blockage from the fallopian tubes. Does anyone here know of anyone this has happened to???

Thank you ladies very much!!

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Hi there! I'm sorry you're having to go through all of this crap!!

I had an HSG in March and the cramping was minimal. I had heard horror stories about how painful it is, etc. and I really didn't find it that painful. There were a few moments of cramping as the contrast fluid went in and a little pinching when my RE opened the cervix, but it wasn't bad at all! I must say that it was kind of cool to see my insides like that.

I HAVE heard that if there are any tubal blockages it's a bit more painful as the contrast fluid pushes against it, but I can't say from experience.

I'm one of those HSG success stories. My husband had really poor morphology (only 1% normal) and we had been pretty sure we'd need IUI in order to conceive. However, my RE was adamant about doing the HSG to see about any underlying issues and if all was clear, waiting the three months to see if it helped us conceive. It did. I got my BFP three weeks later and my baby boy is due in December.

I hope it works for you too!!!!!
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How great the test worked for you! Is it considered routine/necessary medical treatment -- or, in other words, covered by insurance?
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Yep, it was considered a diagnostic procedure, NOT treatment of infertility. It was covered by insurance.
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Good to know... Thanks!
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I've also had an HSG. It was pretty painful. The doctor who did it wasn't super friendly. He asked if I'd ever been pregnant before and when I replied no, he mumbled that it'll be more difficult to get the catheter through the cervix. Very compassionate.

I had my HSG last month and had no luck but I think that my cervix and uterus might have been irratated by the procedure (mostly because I was so tense during it) so I have my fingers crossed for this month.

The best advice I can give which is very difficult to follow is to relax as much as possible. I read later that the cervix is a muscle and when you are more relaxed, procedures such as HSG are easier and less painful.

Mine was also covered by my insurance. You might want to research your coverage on fertility tests. The hospital billed my insurance company $800something.

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Your doc may even be able to code it in such a way that it doesn't appear to be related to fertility whatsoever - if your insurance company doesn't cover any sort of infertility related diagnostics.

Allison, I'm sorry you had such a crummy HSG. Was more than a little rude of the doctor to treat you that way and I would definitely say something about it. If it wasn't YOUR doctor performing it, they probably wouldn't be too happy about someone treating you that way.

You may also want to try taking some ibuprofen about an hour before the procedure to minimize cramping. Talk to your doctor about it first though.
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My doctor herself has fertility issues and has gone through two herself. On my follow up, I told her it was painful and she said "I know, mine were too". I didn't read the book which mentioned relaxing to have it be easier until after my appointment.

My doctor actually recommended that I go to the hospital 40 minutes away. The one in town is redoing their radiology department. But I couldn't get an appointment at the further away hospital on the particular day that the receptionist told me that the nurse told her it needed to be done. (My doctor was out of town at the time.) So I made an appointment at the local hospital. They charged me my deductible in admitting which they shouldn't have. (They took just over a month to refund it.) And I ended up waiting an hour past my appointment time to get it done. Oh I also had the nurse tell me that since I'm 25 I have plenty of time.

So in general it was stressful for silly reasons. I would assume that most places handle things better than my local hospital.

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Oh I also had the nurse tell me that since I'm 25 I have plenty of time.
I heard that sooooooo many times as I was also 25 when we were going through all of that. I turned 26 in April. :

It's so frustrating when the only thing you want is a successful pregnancy and you're treated as a second-class citizen in the infertility world just because you're young and have "plenty of time"! It doesn't mean the same issues can't be impeding your ability to get pregnant and stay pregnant!

By the way, I hope it doesn't bother anyone that I'm posting here since I don't really "belong". I'm very interested in the mechanisms surrounding fertility, etc. and hope to one day be a counselor specializing in providing appropriate therapy to women and couples who have experienced or are experiencing infertility and miscarriage. I like to help others going through the same things I experienced when I can.
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I'm having my HSG done next week (Thursday), and I'm trying very hard to not get too anxious about it. I've heard good and bad things about it, and I'm hoping it'll fall somewhere in the middle. My best friend said she went in expecting it to be easy, and it wasn't. She thinks that since I'm dreading it, maybe it won't be as bad as I'm imagining!

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I'm having one on Tuesday. I was debating whether or not to take the rest of the day off. So far I've heard to take the day off b/c you can be pretty crampy afterwards. So for those of you who have already had it, did you take your partner with you? I asked dh to come with me b/c I kind of nervous.

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My hubby didn't come with me. Sometimes hubbys will be allowed in the xray room and sometimes not. I wasn't 100% thrilled about me getting exposed to the radiation, I didn't want him getting exposed too. So I decided that there was no need to disrupt his work day. I wished he'd been there for the wait but there wasn't much he could have done to help me relax.

For me, having some of the fluid leak out really helped me feel so much better. I actually went to the grocery store to pick up some lunch afterward.

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Just wanted to add my 2 cents. I had an HSG in May (I think). It was kind of crampy, the doc asked if I had endometriosis - I don't think so but who knows? She was great. When things got a bit too intense she'd just have me roll over to another side and it would relax. I was a bit fried after the procedure, but not too much.

I was worred about the radiation piece and spoke with my brother who works with MRI's, etc. He said it wasn't that much and an x-ray would be worse - mine used a floroscope (sp?).

I actually found it to be really cool to be able to see my uterus fill up with dye and then move through the tubes. Not something I thought I would ever get to see, and if I'm doing a visualization I have a better idea of how things look.

Not pg yet, so I didn't really have the added fertility bonus, and I'm glad I did it because I know there's nothing wrong with my "plumbing". Instead of being nervous I reshaped that idea into excitement of what I would get to see. Don't know if anyone of this will help.

good luck!
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Thanks to all of you lovely ladies for sharing. My Dr did recommend the ibuprofin. I forgot until now, I worked with a lady who had this procedure done twice - and she became pregant after each procedure! I wasn't aware until just recently that the HSG was the procedure she was referring to - she had her children whan she was 44 and 47 - so I'm hopeful still!!!! It was a really neat story - she met the man-of-her-dreams and got married when she was 40, 1st marriage for both, and was worried she's lost her chance of having kids. But she didn't!!! I'm going to hang on to that positive thought. My period arrived today, and I'm a little blue right now

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Hi,
I had one in May as well. To me it was very humiliating. While I did experience some physical pain & discomfort, it was the emotional discomfort that was the worst. My partner was not there, and while it was going on I was thinking, 'would I prefer he was here?' and decided, no. I wouldn't want him to see me in such discomfort.
So, the emotional discomfort came from my physical inability/lack of mobility, added to the fact that they so matter of factly told me to move to this side and that side, scoot down, etc while this thing is in me. I didn't feel like I could move without help. I had no agency. I felt powerless. I felt like even though I am a feminist who questions all medical procedures -- and yes, I delayed this test 2 cycles (the clinic wanted me to do it before we started IUI, and I said I'd rather wait -- we do IUI because my partner is female bodied) -- that my power was stripped from me. I know some women are able to watch what is going on on a screen, and I wish I could have -- it would have been a nice distraction. In any case, after crying while it was going on, the nurse says to me when it is over, 'now that wasn't that bad, was it?'. And I am just disgusted. I was sure the nurse & doctor had seen me crying, but obviously not.
I don't want to scare you, I just want you to know what I guess is an extreme experience with it.
My results came back perfect (nothing wrong/abnormal), and however many months later we are still TTC. They did the test on CD10 (I think), which is the latest they are to do it. It was so late in te cycle do to general waits/scheduling. But because it was so late in my cycle, we couldn't TTC that cycle -- due to residual effects of the radiation & ink.
I hope other people's experiences go no where near mine. I will you all the best!
(I am in Canada, so the procedure is covered by the province/government.)
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I just had an HSG done in July. They told me it would feel like menstrual cramps and told me to take Advil before having it done. I did, but it still hurt pretty bad. It was the dye going in that was painful, but I was also extremely tense by that time. They had trouble getting everything set up and my cervix open. I will say though that even though it hurt, it was pretty fast. They took pictures with me on my back and then turned me on my left and then my right and as soon as I thought I couldn't take it anymore it was over. The pictures themselves probably took only a minute or two. Then I just had mild cramps for an hour or so afterwards.

Every woman is different though. I know two women at work who said they didn't experience any pain.

Hopefully, that will be the case for you.

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I just had mine this morning. A friend advised me to take 800mg ibuprofen, which I'm glad I did. I was also trying very hard not to tense and nervous, since I thought that would make it worse. It wasn't very pleasant, but the ibuprofen helped with the pain. And the doctor and nurse were amazingly nice, and the nurse helped chitchat to try to distract me and was wonderfully sweet. I expected them to be cold and clinical, so it was a big shock. After they were done, I thought "wow, that wasn't too bad." But after being up for a few minutes and getting dressed, the cramps hit pretty hard. They didn't last very long, only about an hour, and I've just had mild discomfort the rest of the day.

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I had one in May as well. To me it was very humiliating. While I did experience some physical pain & discomfort, it was the emotional discomfort that was the worst. My partner was not there, and while it was going on I was thinking, 'would I prefer he was here?' and decided, no. I wouldn't want him to see me in such discomfort.
So, the emotional discomfort came from my physical inability/lack of mobility, added to the fact that they so matter of factly told me to move to this side and that side, scoot down, etc while this thing is in me. I didn't feel like I could move without help. I had no agency. I felt powerless. I felt like even though I am a feminist who questions all medical procedures -- and yes, I delayed this test 2 cycles (the clinic wanted me to do it before we started IUI, and I said I'd rather wait -- we do IUI because my partner is female bodied) -- that my power was stripped from me. I know some women are able to watch what is going on on a screen, and I wish I could have -- it would have been a nice distraction. In any case, after crying while it was going on, the nurse says to me when it is over, 'now that wasn't that bad, was it?'. And I am just disgusted. I was sure the nurse & doctor had seen me crying, but obviously not.
I don't want to scare you, I just want you to know what I guess is an extreme experience with it.
My results came back perfect (nothing wrong/abnormal), and however many months later we are still TTC. They did the test on CD10 (I think), which is the latest they are to do it. It was so late in te cycle do to general waits/scheduling. But because it was so late in my cycle, we couldn't TTC that cycle -- due to residual effects of the radiation & ink.
I hope other people's experiences go no where near mine. I will you all the best!
(I am in Canada, so the procedure is covered by the province/government.)
Michelle - I'm sorry you had such a horrible experience. What hospital was it done in? I had an HSG done at Royal Columbian just this past Wednesday and it was great (compared to my 1st one at Lions Gate 9 years ago). The techs were friendly and did a fairly good job of distracting me.

I don't have my results yet but I think they aren't good. We could only see one tube and my uterus has turned somehow. I'll find out more this week. As far as procedures are concerned, I much prefer hysteroscopies even though they are messier.

Make sure you take ibuprofen about an hour beforehand (2 extra-strength). I drove myself home afterwards. I had almost no cramping. Good luck.

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Ana,
glad your experience was better. I had mine done at a clinic, I think on 7th near Willow (and down from VGH). Did you get to see the test as it happened? I think it would have been a welcome distraction, had that been possible. As it is, I have no idea where the screens even for the nurse/doctor was. The cramps/physical pain wasn't my problem -- I don't remember what I felt (afterwards) -- as I was so distracted by the emotional side of it.
Wish everyone the best!
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I got to see the test as it happened. I have to say it was weird to see the speculum inside me. I would love to hurt the man who invented them,lol. The testing rooms are huge and modern and well-lit at RCH. If you have to do this test again, go there.
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I had my test today. I will post my experience as another thread. I want to thank all you ladies who posted under this thread for me. You all helped me a lot. :

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