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December 15th, 2009, 08:10 PM
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So I went for my HSG today. It was done in the hospital. My usual doctor was off that day, so her associate did the procedure. He was the typical old guy GYN, and I really liked him. I think because he was a man, he didn't judge me for wanting to get pregnant so young. He answered all my questions and had me leave directly to the office to make an appt and and get a rec for DH's SA. Only problem was... he wasn't very gentle. But i'm not sure it was his fault.

The room was a generic radiology room, with a long flat table. There were not stirrups to help me position, and the lighting was terrible. The speculum was either too big.. or something. It HURT sooooo bad. I was told the pain with be from the dye in the tubes... but no. It took almost half an hour to get the catheter in. I apparently have a "difficult cervix". It was high, and he couldn't see or reach it. Then it was closed so tightly that he couldn't get the catheter in. He had to use a dialator and I though i was going to rip in half. I remember screaming, crying and squeezing my husband's hand. The doctor looked so guilty, and I could tell he felt awful. He appologized profusely before he left. I went to clean up, and was bleeding like a stuck pig. The radiology tech told me that she had never seen a HSG that difficult before. She had never seen a doctor have to use the dialator before.

The dye didn't hurt at all. I was just relieved to have the catheter in. The doctor set up the screen so I could see, but the the little witch of a radiologist came in and moved the screen. Then she and the doctor fought for awhile. "Turn the screen so she can see." "Its more important that I can see." "Just tilt it a little!" She continued to bicker with him, until she left the room in a huff.

The results were good. Both tubes are open... and I have no pain now. The poor doctor looked so pale when he left. I don't know what made this have to be so difficult.

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December 15th, 2009, 09:14 PM
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Awwww, I'm so sorry it was so painful for you! Just think, it will all be worth it if it brings you one step closer to your goal... a

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December 15th, 2009, 10:10 PM
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Oh my! Sounds like an awful way to spend your day!! I'm glad that everything was clear, though...that's great news!

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December 16th, 2009, 04:30 AM
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that does sound aweful, im sorry you went through that hun, i hope you get your bfp soon!

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December 16th, 2009, 05:53 AM
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I am so sorry it was bad for you

Do they think that maybe your cervix is the issue? With it being so high and closed?
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December 16th, 2009, 06:29 AM
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Ditto Samantha, could your cervix be an issue? I am wondering if an IUI would be a GREAT option for you guys, if that's the case!

I'm really sorry that was such a bad experience for you. It just sucks that anyone has to go through stuff like that!

BUT the great news is your tubes are clear! That's awesome!
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December 16th, 2009, 06:49 AM
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I have a shy cervix as well and that was the most painful part of the HSG for me, too! It was awful getting that catheter to go where it was supposed to! I'm so sorry you had to experience that too!

Our TTC journey: 6 cycles Clomid, lap surgery/ D&C, IUI, 2 x IVF; 41 cycles- BFN.
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December 16th, 2009, 07:03 AM
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Good to know i'm not the only one to have the problem. But wow, it sucked.

I don't think my cervix is the issue. When I'm fertile, it gets soft and open... just not yesterday.

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December 16th, 2009, 07:14 AM
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My cervix never cooperates. It is always so painful when I go for IUIs, etc. Sorry you had to go through all that pain, hopefully you don't have to do anything like that again. The good thing is that you're supposively more fertile for a couple months after a HSG!
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December 16th, 2009, 07:42 AM
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That sucks! I'm sorry it was bad But hopefully, it is something you won't have to do again!
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December 16th, 2009, 07:48 AM
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I'm so sorry!!! Wow. what a horrible experience and I'm glad it's over for you! Whew! The news is good too, about your tubes being open. So, YAY! I hope you aren't in any discomfort now. The poor doc, too. I know he didn't want this for you.

I was wondering about the cervix thing too, but it sounds like you are A-OK come fertile time
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December 16th, 2009, 04:06 PM
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luckily no pain or cramping now, but looks like i will be bleeding for a while longer. Poor Dh. He's been so patient.

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