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HSG scheduled for October 5th
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maragayle posted:
My story: We've been TTC for almost 16 months. I don't seem to have periods on my own. I was diagnosed with PCOS at the end of June and put on birth control for three months in the hopes to regulate my period, and metformin 1000mg. Since then I've lost about 15 pounds. The doctor recommended 20 by December! Semen analysis has come back normal.

I just scheduled my HSG for two weeks from yesterday. I'm nervous, excited and just plain ready to get it over with. Is it bad to say that I'm almost hoping there's some sort of blockage? At least if there were then there would be an answer to my infertility. I've only had one ultrasound, but it didn't show any cysts. My husband and I have been TTC since the end of June 2010. It's been a long and stressful year. I've started to look into the cost of adoption and IVF. The numbers are overwhelming, and I don't know if we would be able to afford either any time soon.

I THINK my insurance should cover this procedure, minus my copay. My doctor's office requires I pay their portion up front before they bill the insurance, which is a bit cumbersome. However, even if this weren't covered at all we'd still do it. I'm just looking for some answers. With answers comes hope, and I'm just about out of hope right now.

Has anyone else ever gone in for an HSG? If so, any advice? The only advice I've gotten is to take a couple of tylenol before the procedure. Luckily, my office is flexible. My test is scheduled for first thing in the morning and I can decide if I want to go into work after or not. We'll see how I feel. I think I'm going to be more emotional than in physical pain!
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westeterrier responded:
The procedure is not bad but if a tube is blocked you will probably need some one to get you.
 
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maragayle replied to westeterrier's response:
If there's blockage, do they generally fix it right there or do they schedule another appointment?
 
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Yvette Smith, MD, MPH replied to maragayle's response:
Most people do well with this procedure. There may be strong menstrual like cramps while they are doing the test and then milder cramps for an additional hour or two. Whatever you normally use for cramps should help if you take it before the procedure. Most people can go back to work or drive themselves home without trouble.

You're right about the emotional aspect though. It is often the worst part of all of this testing. It's hard to hear something is wrong but can be just as hard when they can't find any cause.

They will not fix anything at the time of the test. This test is purely to diagnose. Most true blocks can not be repaired but are bypassed via IVF.

There are people who get pregnant after their HSG and we wonder if there was a small black that was opened by the pressure of the dye during the test.

Goodnluck. Let us know hownyou do.
 
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FrenchBulldogMom responded:
My HSG was very painful, but the pain didn't last that long. It was over in a few minutes. I didn't need to take anything afterwards. I was very excited to see my results. I didn't have any blockages and my uterus looked to be shaped normally. I did, however, have a very thick lining and some polyps that had to be removed. The test was very useful for my doctor. He was able to plan our treatment based on the results.

Don't worry about the procedure. It only hurt me when the dye was travelling around to the fallopian tubes, then it was over. You'll do fine!
 
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maragayle responded:
Thanks ladies! I'm nervous, but so anxious to start TTC again. My doctor made me go back on the pill for the three months prior to the exam. I'm hoping the metformin helps to regulate my periods and we can finally conceive. The last year has been torture. I'm really tired of wondering whether or not I'll ever be able to be a mother. I'll keep you posted as to the results!
 
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maragayle replied to maragayle's response:
Hi all! Here's the update I promised.

I ended up taking the entire day off from work. For me, it was extremely painful. I guess women experience different levels of pain. Had I felt like going into work, I could have....I just felt like taking a day off to collect my thoughts.

The good news is that my tubes are clear and there aren't any obstructions! The doctor suggested using OPKs this month and said to call if I don't get a period or positive pregnancy test by CD 35, which would put me at October 30th. All OPKs thus far have been negative. However, the instructions say people with PCOS may not get reliable results?

My HSG was on the 5th, so 9 days ago. I'm still having some cramping occasionally. It's been mostly on my right side, but is occasionally elsewhere. Did anyone else have lingering side effects this far out?

My husband and I had the "what if we can't have a baby on our own" conversation last night. We've decided to keep TTC until July of next year. That will mark two years of TTC. If we haven't had any luck by that point we're going to start putting in our application to the state for adoption since it could literally be years before we were able to adopt. It feels good to have some sort of plan in place. At this point I think IVF is out of the question financially. I can't see sinking that much money into something that "might" work, not to mention my mental health. I'm not sure if I could deal with that kind of disappointment!


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