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February 25th, 2010, 05:40 PM
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Hi Ladies! My name is Tammi, I'm 35 and DH is 36. I've been on the AIP board for a month, and started a TTC journal. However, today I had an HSG and was told that my left tube is completely blocked and the right tube is partially blocked. I don't have endo, so the doctor believes that scarring from my c-section and the 2 infections I had directly following the csection are the likely causes. I was told that I will need surgery or maybe even tubal repair to correct the problem. How many of you have or are dealing with this issue? I was directed to Dr. Levin in Kentucky (only 3 hours from me), as I was told he is one of the leading experts with this. I have a call in to his office.

Another question, when an HSG is done, if there's a blockage, are they supposed to do a followup xray the next day? Because they didn't schedule me for that. I'm also curious as to how accurate the HSG is?

DH and I are looking into surgical options, but will have to pay for it as my insurance does not cover infertility treatments/surgeries. This means we'll have to find financing options or something. We are going to continue TTC, while we go through this, hoping that by some miracle, we can get pg. Sorry for the long post, but I'm hoping some of you Ladies may have some answers or experience in this area. Thanks in advance and I just want to say how much I love JM and all of the support on here.
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February 25th, 2010, 05:53 PM
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I've never been through what you're going through (we have male factor issues), but I wanted to say hi, and that I'm sorry you're going to be going through all this now. I think I've seen your posts on the AIP board before (I'm a lurker there). Anyway, I'm sure some of the other ladies will be a lot more helpful, but I just wanted to say hi and good luck!
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February 25th, 2010, 06:16 PM
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Hi Daisee! Yes, I've seen yours as well on AIP. Thank you for the support. We are all of us dealing with something, eh? But, it's great to be able to pull together and at least we have a place to go where we can get the support from others going through many of the same things. I'm sorry you, too are having issues. But, I'm trying to remain hopeful for all of us!
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February 25th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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Welcome to the board! sorry you had to find us this way Im Jessie and Dh is Santos..we also have male factor.

however i had a blocked tube possible from the surgery i had for septum removal or from my appendix rupturing..but i did get it cleared up! I did not get an xray the next day..they just told me that i needed to have surgery to get it fixed..thats all...our insurance does cover some stuff and the surgery is one of them..however they will not cover iui or ivf..you might call them to be sure! Good luck i hope all goes well!
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February 25th, 2010, 07:49 PM
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Hi Tammi,

Welcome! I also have blocked tubes. The 1st RE told us our only option will be IVF, but we are getting a second opinion next week. I didn't get a follow-up X-ray either. I do know that if your blockage is at the end of your tube near your uterus, its more likely that it can be a false reading because of spasms. I think even if the blockage is at that end it can be easier to clear out. Unfortunately for me, I have problems on the distal ends. Hopefully they can tell you more about what you will need done and you can find out what your insurance will cover so you can move on to getting your BFP.
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February 25th, 2010, 08:50 PM
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Hi Tammi, welcome to the group! I don't have any experience with blocked tubes but I hope you get some answers soon. Maybe the DR you were referred to will have an easy option for you! Good luck with everything, keep us posted and don't be afraid to jump right in!
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February 26th, 2010, 05:17 AM
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Hi! I just wanted to say I'm sorry you have to go through this but the ladies on this board are GREAT and very helpful! I hope everything gets cleared up and you get your BFP in the near future!
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February 26th, 2010, 07:20 AM
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Hi! As to your question about how accurate the HSG is...I don't know how common this is, but I had an inaccurate diagnosis from mine.

My RE performed an HSG and said my right tube was completely blocked and that my left tube was so-so.

I had a laparoscopy about 9 months later and found out that my tubes were both totally clear! From what I've been told, sometimes the tube can spasm during the HSG and that spasm can mimic a blockage.

I wish I would have had my lap. immediately after my HSG to really find out what was going on in there.

Has your RE mentioned a lap?
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February 26th, 2010, 02:11 PM
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Yes, that was mentioned. I think that would be the first step, though they really feel that it's probably scar tissue. All I was told is that I'd need surgery to clear the blockage, remove scar tissue, etc. My insurance just sucks...they will pay for everything to prevent pregnancy, even tubal ligation! Yet, anything to do with procedures that will allow you to get pg, they won't pay a dime. They say its "elective". Well DUH! So is a sterilization! Gah!! I'm looking around to find insurance that may cover it for me.
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February 27th, 2010, 06:31 PM
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So I heard from the specialist and it will cost between $6200-$6600. Really not bad considering an IVF begins at $10000. We have to pay upfront, though it's possible that I'll be reimbursed from insurance for some or most of the surgery. The doctor does everything tho and all is included in the price, including hotel room, though we are only 3 hours from the office. And, he follows up afterward until we get pg. If we don't get pg, he keeps working with us until we do, for free. He comes highly recommended and is a leading doctor in tubal/infertility issues.

He looked through my health records and said that it's very possible that the HSG was incorrect, especially since they didn't administer muscle relaxers to keep my tubes from spasming. It'll take a couple of months before I can get scheduled. In the meantime, he told us to keep TTC as planned. I feel very confident now and know that one way or the other, we'll get our BFP. Just may take longer than we expected. I can deal with that.
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February 28th, 2010, 04:01 PM
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Glad your hopes are still high... hope you are posting about BFP really soon! Who knows, maybe your tubes are nice and clear and you'll get your BFP before your surgery anyway
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