Scheduling HSG

I called my RE today to ask about getting an HSG. And, when I say “my” RE, I’ve only seen him once. It was at our only appointment with him that C.J got a call during the consultation that he would be leaving to move to Georgia for 6 months which put everything on hold.

So, when I called today, they wouldn’t let me do the HSG because it had been over 6 months and wanted me to do another consultation. Lame. I really don’t want to see the RE right now, just not mentally ready for that, soooo my wonderful co-worker mentioned I should just ask my ob gyn, and sure enough she already sent in the order, wahoo! I love my ob gyn (despite the fact she never has that great of news to report to me). She also mentioned I could get my hormone levels tested whenever I want again! It’s the little things that I’m grateful for! And, saving us the expense of of meeting with the RE again is definitely one less thing to worry about.

We will be in Mexico next week during CD 5-9, so I plan on getting the procedure done the following month! I don’t even know much about what it is, but I do know it’s one more thing we can cross off the list of being a potential problem and I would MUCH rather find out now than another year down the road!

  • Nathalie Willmott
    Posted at 02:45h, 02 May Reply

    I blogged about my experience of the HSG. I would recommend that you take some nurofen/advil (anti-inflammatory) before your appointment as I found it quite painful, and have someone drive you there an back because you won’t be able too (your not allowed to anyway in Australia). and then if you can take some more anti-inflammatory when you get home and have a hot water bottle ready. I found it particularly painful because I didn’t have a natural birth and the spectulum (the thing they use during a pap smear) was too big and really hurt. The dye is also an irritant. Some people say it isn’t painful but for me it felt like my insides were exploding while someone was punching my stomach. I wish I remembered to take the anti-inflammatory as that made a huge difference once I took it when I got home! Hope that helps and any other questions about it feel free to ask xx

  • Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples
    Posted at 04:51h, 02 May Reply

    That is lame that your RE wanted to charge you for another consult. I’m glad you’ll be able to cross one more thing off the list. I had mine several years ago now but it wasn’t too bad. I did take a valium beforehand though and I think that helped. Good luck!

  • Chrissie
    Posted at 05:43h, 02 May Reply

    I’m so glad you have a great OBGYN I did too and she did so many of the early tests for us. She finally referred us to a fertility clinic when she admitted that nothing she saw in results from that point was in her area of expertise but she let us do all the testing there and then let the RE interpret the results 🙂 It saved us a fortune. Have fun in Mexico!

  • Aubrey
    Posted at 11:04h, 02 May Reply

    So glad you’ll be able to cross another thing off your list. The more we do and the more we know can only help in our struggle. I had my HSG a couple of years ago but I don’t remember it being too bad. I believe I just took ibuprofen beforehand. xoxo

  • dspence
    Posted at 13:25h, 02 May Reply

    One more thing you’re getting done! Yay!

    I had my HSG last month and it wasn’t bad. I took 800mg (maybe 1200mg?) of ibuprofen before, as well as a valium I happened to have on hand. What a waste of a valium! The entire procedure takes less than 5 minutes, from getting on the table to getting out the door again. No biggie!

  • Candace
    Posted at 14:20h, 02 May Reply

    I think it’s great to continue being proactive as you are, taking charge of your health. So awesome to have an OB who is there supporting you! I have (had…it’s been awhile since we were with our RE for the last four years) a great one, as well, and it made such a difference.

    I had an HSG awhile back, and then also had the HCG, which is similar (but far worse, I think!) I didn’t cramp too much, but I know some women do, so I definitely recommend taking Advil, as your friend Nathalie said. Also, they won’t do the procedure if you have even a hint of infection, so if you’re prone to any type of yeast infections, make sure you’re doing all you can to prevent/treat them! (Oh the world of IV…always TMI!) I learned this the hard way and had to reschedule after taking the afternoon off work! Boo!

    Like you, I wanted to rule one more thing out, and my HSG did help. It showed that one tube was open, which was good news! I’ve even heard that if you have partially closed tubes, doing the HSG can actually help clear them out because of the dye being pushed through.

    Good luck! And thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday and praying for us. I appreciate it so much!

    Good luck!

  • andshewaits
    Posted at 14:43h, 02 May Reply

    That’s great that you’re getting to finally schedule that! My experience with an HSG was actually pretty painless. I cramped for the rest of the day but nothing major. Like the other ladies said, advil should do the trick. Hope all goes well! Enjoy Mexico and be safe!!

  • Erin
    Posted at 15:06h, 02 May Reply

    I’m glad you were able to schedule your HSG through your OB. I did the same thing (he ordered it before we started seeing the RE). I hope that your procedure is not painful. Just to warn you, it really varies by each person. Mine was extremely painful but the good news is that it is a very short procedure so even if you have pain it won’t be for very long.

    As far as driving to and from it, it’s nice if you have someone who can go with you but I drove myself and I was fine. I wish I would have taken the rest of the day off work though because like I said, it was painful and I felt somewhat crampy afterwards.

  • Melanie Schultz
    Posted at 13:17h, 02 May Reply

    So happy your ob helped you out with this! Have fun in Mexico too!!!

  • Becky
    Posted at 21:11h, 02 May Reply

    How silly they want you to have another consult! But that’s great that your OB was able to help! I won’t tell you about my experience with HSGs because it will just freak you out 😉 So I’ll just wish you good luck and let you know I’ll be praying!

  • Mgeb
    Posted at 21:23h, 03 May Reply

    My HSG, was not painful as I remember, I think I took ibuprofen before. I also would have been fine driving myself……apart from the emotion! I want to add one thing. If the dye does not go thorough, occasionally the opening of the tubes can spasm and shut it out, so it doesn’;t 100% mean your tubes are blocked/twisted.

  • Mrs. E
    Posted at 01:19h, 04 May Reply

    Yay for a good OB! I’m glad you were able to book an HSG without needing another RE appointment. I hope it’s not too painful. Mine wasn’t awesome, but the discomfort didn’t last for long! Looking forward to seeing how it goes 🙂

  • JillianCharlotte
    Posted at 21:34h, 04 May Reply

    hey lady – i also blogged about my HSG test back in Dec/Jan timeframe. I personally did think that it was painful, but i heard that some people think it is and other people don’t. the doctor who did mine was also a giant biotch and was yelling at me because i was moving my legs. thank GOD for the lab assistant that was in there who held my arm and kept me calm or i think i would have lost it. the procedure overall is pretty quick so it’s really not that bad… i’m sure the results will be perfect and open tubes!! xo

  • Em
    Posted at 02:28h, 05 May Reply

    I wish you lived near me or were at least planning a vacation to my city because there’s a doctor here who does a completely painless HSG. I know it’s hard to imagine but I can attest to it – a complete breeze, totally pain free. I guess he developed some new technique during his residency, and it works like magic. I know that he’s not the only one that does it that way, so maybe your RE does it the nice way too. I sure hope that’s the case. And if not, you can totally handle it. It’s over pretty quick. Reward yourself with something fabulous afterwards…like a DQ blizzard…that’s what I would go for.

    Also…speaking of blizzards, DO NOT…I repeat DO NOT plan a vacation to my state (ignore what I said above). We have had several days this week with over a foot of snowfall. We are a crabby group of northerners right now and everybody else should be advised to stay away. A regular HSG might be less painful than having to wear a parka on Cinco de Mayo.

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