After doing all the bloodwork, the next step that my ob-gyn recommended is to have a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) done. The HSG is a procedure where a water soluble contrast dye is injected to the uterus, which then, hopefully spills out of the fallopian tubes, while an xray is done. The HSG, as explained to us, would look if the uterus is ‘normal’ and free of growths and if the tubes are open.
So, I went in and had a pregnancy test done (required 2-3 days prior to the HSG) – of course, even if I already knew it was negative, still brought a teeny tiny pinch in my heart that our baby is yet to be conceived.
The HSG was scheduled for today. But I’ve been on the edge since Saturday. My husband asked me if I want to postpone it. I said my eggs are shriveling up as we speak so no. more. delaying. No. More.
My ob-gyn gave me Valium to take prior to the procedure, this is an option anyone undergoing HSG may have to calm down the nerves. I guess she saw that I needed it from the get go. Haha. I also had my acupuncturist put it ‘tacks’ in both my ears. I could press on them to bring some sense of calm.
My husband and I came in early for the procedure. I took the meds (antibiotics, ibuprofen, and Valium) right after I signed the consent form. I was called in about 30 mins later, tacks and Valium still not completely calming me down. What made matters worse, my husband was not allowed to go with me. Ding! Ding! Ding! Stressssss!
The MD and nurse were very helpful and professional in explaining everything. I said I’ve been researching and watching YouTube videos, which I think now only made my fears a whole lot worse.
The nurse said that she’ll be there if I need someone to hold my hand and apologized again that my husband couldn’t be inside the room with us (protocol).
The doctor was very thorough in explaining everything, even as he was doing the procedure, he explained it to me step by step *warning* -might be TMI- from the moment he put in the speculum until he took everything out.
So here’s the step by step procedure as I recall it (with my Valium laced brain, mind you):
- consent form needs to be signed
- take meds (antibiotics and pain reliever and if you’re like me, definitely the Valium)
- wait. wait. wait.
- undress from waist down
- doctor and nurse explain the procedure, answer any questions, make you feel safe and comfortable (side note: Doc asked me if were ready, I said ‘no’ – he did wait a few more minutes)
- you lie on your back like you do when you’re having a pap smear test taken
- doctor explained what he was doing:
- insert speculum to open you up and clean the cervix (he swabbed it three times)
- insert catheter
- inflate a small balloon to make sure cath is in place
- dye is injected
- you’ll be asked to shift to left and right to make sure dye flows
- pictures/xray taken
- cath and speculum taken out
- doctor then explained his preliminary findings
- shake hands (hehe)
All in all, the whole procedure took about 10-15 minutes tops. The waiting was the worse part, I’m telling you. I felt some cramping (like a bad menstrual cramp) while the dye was being injected. I’m still feeling some cramping 12 hrs later, but nothing bad.
So there, HSG done. On to the next step.
P.S. My HSG results were 👍🏽.