We are officially done with all of our IVF prerequisites!! Woohoo!!! We got a little rushed with getting it all done due to lovely AF showing up a week earlier than expected. Can I just say that one of the most frustrating things to me about infertility is the whole thing isn’t scheduled around when you want to do things, but totally around when your body decides it wants to do things which always seems to fall at the most inconvenient times! But anyways, Brandon & I went and got our blood work completed at the beginning of last week and I got my HSG scheduled!
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what an HSG is, so I wanted to write something to share my experience for those who are just curious, as well as for anyone out there that may be having an HSG as well. Some of the parts may be a little TMI but I want to be totally open for anyone that may need one done. Just remember this is my experience, other people’s experience may be different than my own.
I have to admit I was so nervous to have the HSG done. I’ve read all of the horror stories online, along with the ones saying it wasn’t a big deal at all, so I didn’t really know what to expect! This definitely did not help my anxiety, because I’m the type of person that likes to know every little detail of what I’m getting into. Needless to say my anxiety was through the roof yesterday, and it didn’t help that it wasn’t until 2pm so I had all day to get myself worked up about it.
My HSG was scheduled at a surgery center so I had to show up a hour early for paperwork, etc. After filling out the paperwork I was taken back to get ready. They did a pregnancy test just to make sure, since this obviously cannot be done if you’re pregnant. I was then given one of those lovely paper hospital gowns and had to undress from just the waist down. They gave me an IV just in case I had an allergic reaction to the dye, and then Brandon was able to come back and sit with me until it was time for the procedure.
After just hanging around until it was time with the very painful IV in my wrist (turns out it wasn’t put in correctly but that’s another story), my doctor came by and went over the procedure with us and they wheeled me back to the room.
Once in the room I got hooked up to the machine to monitor my heart rate and blood pressure while my doctor got everything laid out and ready and they wheeled in the giant x-ray machine. The doctor and the nurse got my legs all situated and strapped in the lovely padded stirrups. There’s just no way to sugar coat it, it is embarrassing to lay there like that in a very brightly lit room, but I just had to remind myself this is their job and they don’t think anything of it.
So, she first inserted a metal speculum like they use at the gynecologist. Next she cleaned my cervix which honestly just felt like some pressure down there. She then warned me that she was going to numb my cervix and it would feel like a bee sting but to try and stay as still as possible. I braced myself for the worst but honestly didn’t feel it at all. So I started thinking “sweet! this is going to be a breeze!” Well she then started inserting the dye, and it was instant intense cramps. It wasn’t unbearable and I didn’t cry or anything like that, but it was definitely enough to sky rocket my heartbeat and make me want it to be over as quickly as possible. Luckily it’s a very quick process, and they got the pictures and the whole thing was over with in a couple minutes from start to finish. I think mine was even longer than what most people will experience because I somehow got knicked in the process and the doctor had to apply some stuff to stop the little “trickle” of blood. This may be tmi for some but afterwards I could also feel the dye leaking out. It wasn’t like a gush or anything but felt more like my period.
One of the great things about the HSG is that you get your results right then and there. So while the nurses were getting me unstrapped the doctor went through the pictures and let me know that everything looked perfect and we were good to go proceeding with IVF!
Afterwards they wheeled me back to a little room with a curtain, where they removed the IV, let me get dressed, and brought Brandon back to me. They went over our discharge instructions which consisted of what to watch for in case of infection and we were good to go!
I did continue to have some really strong cramps at times yesterday after getting back home and I’ve had some mild cramps today, along with some slight nausea this morning. I was starting to feel completely back to normal this evening when I got home from work until my big baby of a mastiff decided to plop on top of me which started the cramps back up again…
Overall, while it wasn’t a pleasant experience, it definitely wasn’t an unbearable one, and it was cool being able to see the x-rays. I’m just happy that it’s over with and can now move foward! Next step is the IVF class which is scheduled for next week!
If anyone has any questions, definitely let me know. We love to answer peoples questions and are trying to be as much of an open book as possible through this process! 🙂