Updated: Mar 27, 2020

The mystery continues

Before you ask, this isn’t my uterus and they wouldn’t actually let me take a picture of mine. In fact I need to get better at taking photos of our experiences. However, with the week we’ve had I hopefully can’t be blamed for that being quite far down the priority list.

An HSG is short for hysterosalpingogram (probably why it’s an acronym!) and largely a painless procedure designed to see what’s going on in your tubes. Something I was advised to get done before proceeding with ICSI treatment. In my experience it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined it to be.

The radiologist was so lovely, she chatted to me beforehand, explained what would happen and told me we could stop at any time and it would be over rather quickly.

I had to remove all clothing from the waste down and pop on a hospital gown and then wait to be called through to the room. She came to get me and I lay down on a bed on top of a large nappy like padding (so sexy) which she explained was there to soak up any excess fluid that might slip out during or after the procedure. There was also another radiologist in the room who explained she was the one in charge if the large X-ray machine that would be taking the images. It hovered over the top of me on a large mechanical arm.

She started by asking me to pop my knees up with my feet together and then drop my knees either side of me. She started the procedure by popping in a speculum (I say popping in like it’s supposed to be pleasant or something) just like you have when you go for a smear test and then she put in a long rod like tube which went into my uterus (I actually couldn’t feel this at all). She then said she was going to inject the dye into the tube, this was a really odd sensation because I could kind of feel liquid in there and then I started to feel a warm sensation in my abdomen a bit like period pain. The X-ray machine then started to do its thing and take some images a lot like the one I stole from Google above.

It probably stayed that way for about 5 minutes at which point my legs started to shake. I don’t know if it was tiredness or the pressure to try and keep still but they were waving like a pair of unruly school children and I just couldn’t keep them still! The radiologist noticed and said “Oh it’s a long time to keep your legs there isn’t it?” How embarrassing?!

She then said she had what she needed and removed the long tube followed by the speculum which then basically felt like I‘d shit myself all over the aforementioned nappy as the fluid came out very quickly. Highly unpleasant. (For clarity I didn’t poop).

We had been chatting beforehand about why I was there so she had a quick look on the screens and told me she couldn’t see a hydrosalpinx at all and that the dye actually spilled out by the ovaries like it’s supposed to. HOLD ON A MINUTE LADY! ARE YOU SAYING I DON’T HAVE BLOCKED TUBES???

She explained that the images need to be looked at properly for a more in depth analysis but she was confident a hydrosalpinx definitely wasn’t there. Amazing. Best news I’d had all week.

I then got given tissues and a sanitary towel so I could clean myself up, get dressed and go home. All in all it took 30 minutes including changing time. Really happy with that.

On the way out, I shed a few tears of joy with Tom as it could potentially mean (if we don’t get too ahead of ourselves) that I won’t need surgery and we can maybe even start ICSI sooner than we thought. But like I said, let’s not get too excited about next steps!

Just for any ladies about to embark on an HSG, it feels a bit like a light period afterwards as some of the dye is still on the way out and you’re given antibiotics to take to fend off any potential infection. There is also a couple of days of spotting but not everyone has that.

Our next fertility appointment is on 5th November (with our original consultant as we weren’t keen on the latest one) who can read the results and let us know what she thinks. Fingers, toes, and hopefully not tubes crossed!

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