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#1 of 19 Old 07-07-2007, 03:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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How bad is this test? I am going in for it on Thursday and I am quite nervous. She told me it is crampy. I don't handle a lot of gynecological issues well. I HATE the speculum!

Please let me know your experiences! I just want to know what to expect! Thanks!

Oh, and how long do you have to wait after the procedure to TTC?

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How crampy it is pretty much depends on if you have any blockage. My cramps were entirely bearable (but, yes, it did hurt).

You can start ttc again right away AFAIK.

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There is supposed to be an increased chance of pg the first 3 mo after an hsg. Severity of cramping will depend on if you have any blockage. I was prepared for it to be awful. It actually wasn't too unbearable, but I did cramp pretty badly afterwards. I took 3 ibuprofen/tylenol ahead of time, though, as per a friend's recommendation. I also had dh there to drive me home, and I doubt I could have driven myself. The cramps the first 45 min afterwards were the worst, then it wasn't really an issue. The actual procedure wasn't too awful, but the dr who adminstered my exam was fantastic and extremely gentle. The nurse who assisted was also wonderful and understood that this procedure can be difficult, both physically and emotionally.
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Mine was pretty bad cramping. It didn't make me cry or anything - but it was certainly uncomfortable.
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I've had two of them. They are not horribly painful, but a little uncomfortable. Definitely take advil about 15 minutes prior to the test.

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My cramping was quite bad, I did survive though! I have one side blocked, and where the liquid stuff seeped into my abdomen through the unblocked side bothered me for a couple days. It seemed to irritate everything else, which I later found out can happen. That pain wasn't unbearable, but it was uncomfortable, I did have to take things a little more easy for a while.
All in all it wasn't that bad. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again, in fact I have to in order to unblock my tube.
(the first one was just to see what was going on)

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My HSG was definitely uncomfortable and somewhat painful. It wasn't unbearable though. Unfortunately the speculum takes a big role during it. I know some women ask for a child size speculum...

I did take some Advil before hand. I drove myself home and even stopped at the grocery store on the way.

The anticipation of having it done was worse than the procedure itself - it didn't help that they ran an hour late on my appointment and I spent the entire time sitting without anything to do and dreading it! (I wish I'd had some knitting with me to soothe my nerves a bit.)

As PP mentioned, you should TTC the same cycle as there is an increased rate of pregnancy for three months after an HSG.

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My hsg was actually not painful at all, but I ended up with no blockages. The procedure itself, the speculum, etc. isn't anything more than a long pelvic exam.

Definitely take some sort of pain reliever before hand in case you have blockages, but there is a chance it will be completely painless, also.

I had no TTC restrictions, actually they recommend it as sometimes the liquid can clear out small blockages.
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Mine was definitely uncomfortable, but not as bad as I had feared. I had heard some horror stories and I was terrified! I conceived the very same week (unfortunately I lost that little one), so TTC is okay right away!
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With 5 cumulative years of infertility, most of that spent in online and RL support groups for IF, I have heard EVERY response on the spectrum.
A few report no pain or anything beyond a normal exam - on the other side a few have said it is absolutely excruciating, serious pain, way beyond "discomfort". And, oddly enough, there did not seem to be any correlation between pain level and whether there was a blockage or not. In fact, the woman i know who claims it was the WORST pain ever had no blockage whatsoever! Many are in the middle, experiencing mild-moderate cramping and pain. ALL have said to take the advil and/or other drugs if offerred, LOL! And I have known many who conceive in the month or 2 following.
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I had the HSG done last year and I know everyone says it only hurts if your tubes are blocked, but my tubes were completely clear and it hurt like hell. Having said that though it is very very brief so even if it is painful (which it isn't for everyone) it's fast enough you can get through it. The pain is generally after the dye is released into your uterus and the uterus contracts. I had mild cramps for a few hours after as well.

They generally recommend taking Ibuprofen beforehand to help with the cramps and if you are super nervous like I was a mild sedative wouldn't hurt. I think the fact I was so tense made it more uncomfortable for me.

Good luck with your test!! I hope everything turns out fine.

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Mine hurt very bad. I was crying on the way home. I've heard some say it was mild cramping and then there are some like me who had a horrible time of it. Take Advil before hand, bring a pad, and if you live a ways away I would have a back up driver. I had terrible cramping for 24 hours to the point my Dh almost brought me back in.
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I go in today!!!! Wish me luck! I'll let you know how it goes!

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It wasn't so bad! I wouldn't be scared if I had to do it again.

My cervix seemed to take a litte beating but it wasn't pain really. More like soreness. I had some minor cramping afterwards but it really wassn't a big deal. I did take 800mg of ibuprofen an hour before so I am sure that helped.

The tech told me this test has come a long way in the past 7 or 8 years. Maybe people who had painful bad experiences weren't given the latest technology?

Anyway, my tubes are fine!!! I am so happy!

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I'm glad the test went well for you, and that everything was clear!
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I'm glad it went well. Doesn't it sometimes seem like the worry is worse than whatever procedure you have to do?:
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My cramps were bad ~ but it was really FAST!! I do have one blocked tube --

I took extra Motrin an hour before the test ~ once the test was over, I felt fine.
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Well I got a YEAST infection today! I never get them so I can only guess it has something to do with the procedure!

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I read horror stories about this test to the point that I had myself completely freaked out. The entire process was 4 minutes. Literally. I timed it. You lie under the X-ray machine and they use the speculum then they clean your cervix with a large q-tip. Then the catheter is inserted. Some pressure but not pain. The dye is injected lastly. She told me to expect some cramping. I felt more of pressure and a pinching. Totally bearable. I watched the dye on the monitor which was interesting. No blockages. Once she removes the catheter the discomfort is over immediately. Don't read all the horror stories! My nurses said this is why everyone dreads it and I promised I would write a positive post! It's not bad!
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