Yesterday, I had the pleasure of a repeat saline HSG and HIV/hepatitis blood panel. Thank God, my favorite phlebotomist was there to draw my blood, and that part was uneventful. The saline HSG was not pleasant, but even so, only two short sharp cramp-like pains later, I was done. And then, trying to be proactively helpful with the anticipated cramping following the procedure, I was given an ibuprofen “horse pill” (as I call it) with a small cup of water. Just 10 minutes later, I was curled up in pain in a bathroom stall at the hospital. I couldn’t figure out what the matter was. I was nauseous, I was cramping, and I couldn’t find a comfortable position to get a moment of relief. I couldn’t think of anything else; I was… [more]
I love modern medical technology. It always amazes me the things that doctors and specialists can do for people. When a friend of mine told me that she was having a hysterosalpingogram (or commonly referred to as a HSG) this upcoming week I became excited for her. As embarrassing as this test can be (But aren't most of the tests we have done embarrassing to some degree?) it can be very informative. I had this procedure done to look for any abnormalities in my fallopian tubes that could have been blocking the eggs from entering the uterus. The HSG can also detect any abnormalities in the uterus like damage or blockages, fibroids, polyps, scar tissue, and endometriosis. For someone like me… [more]
What is a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)? Fertilitycommunity.com defines the test as follows:HSG is a test used primarily to determine if a woman's fallopian tubes are open or blocked. HSG also gives some idea as to the integrity (condition) of the endometrial cavity (uterine interior.) It is known as the most uncomfortable of diagnostic procedures for females. - Hysterosalpingogram or HSG
So, how "uncomfortable" is the test?
When my doctor told me I needed to have this test done, he said that I would experience discomfort but that the test would not be painful. He said that if my tubes were blocked, I would feel no pain, so discomfort would actually be a good thing. He really downplayed how big of a deal… [more]
Dr. M told me to schedule an HSG as soon as my period started so that we could have the test performed as soon as my period ended. This test would tell us if my fallopian tubes were blocked.
The procedure had to be performed at the hospital because we needed to use the X-ray equipment. He said that this was an outpatient procedure that would be uncomfortable but not painful enough to require prescription medication. He said that pain was actually a "good" sign because the procedure would be less painful if the tube was blocked.
I do not usually go into procedures hoping for pain, but I was hoping for good results this time. So far, we… [more]