@alzora the HSG is nearly completely painless. There is mild discomfort potentially associated with the cervical dilation to inject the dye. The dye is radio-opaque, it just travels up your tubes, and a series of X-rays is taken of your pelvis. It's just a syringe of dye.
@MrsH that is NOT normal for ovulation. I'm a little surprised you're not being ultrasounded since Clomid + lap drilling could = like, 8 follicles or something. It could be totally unrelated to anything gyn at at all, it could be a withdrawal effect from estrogen now that your cycle has tipped over to the progesterone-dominant luteal phase [it's like taking brakes off a system, whoosh!].
@alzora all of my early pregnancy symptoms were identical to my PMS symptoms, so don't waste too much time fretting. The only thing you should focus on is the test result.
This sure can turn a girl's day around. :) Thank you for lifting my hopes a bit!
Originally Posted by velvetcrush
I'm not too worried about the HSG test. My fear right now is the vaginal ultrasound that will occur on day 3 of cycle. I don't think it will actually hurt physically but just hurt my pride as I don't want to be messy. I think it sounds humiliating. I never have intimacy during that time of the month (unless we both have immediate access to a shower) as I hate actually seeing blood. I hate feeling so unclean like that. Yuk and more yuk.
Originally Posted by alzora
I very much like the way you celebrate life on the anniversary of your accident. I like how positive it is. A BFP would be a fabulous announcement. DH really wants a BFP this month so that we can announce news during our June family vacation.
@poppy, If it helps any, I had a vaginal u/s on day 3 also. I think more than one. It really isn't any big deal. The doc and nurses know you'll be bleeding, and they will take measures to make it as clean and comfortable as possible. They do these ultrasounds all the time. For all sorts of fertility issues. Try not to stress too much about it.
To @blade and those who have been on Clomid, is it normal for symptoms to change with every cycle?
For me each month changes, as well as each day! It is such a roller coaster, both emotionally and physically. I think it is very weird to not have specific symptoms for one medication. I realize that each person could handle medication differently but to change each month is just really bizarre to me. I don't really know how to handle it.
[QUOTE=blade;1851750]@alzora the HSG is nearly completely painless. There is mild discomfort potentially associated with the cervical dilation to inject the dye. The dye is radio-opaque, it just travels up your tubes, and a series of X-rays is taken of your pelvis. It's just a syringe of dye.
I can't speak for everyone, but I'll say that my personal experience with the HSG (I've had two) is that it is extremely painful. (My sister-in-law had one as well and had a similar experience, so I'm not completely alone in this.) It is fortunately very brief, just a few minutes. I took 3 or 4 Advil beforehand, as instructed by my doctor, and I would definitely do that. I'm not saying this to scare anyone, and but for me "mild discomfort" didn't begin to describe it, so if you are having the procedure, it might be good to prepare yourself (somehow) for the possibility of brief but extreme pain.
[QUOTE=alzora;1851532]@poppy, wait...should we be scared about the HSG? I thought it would be painless. But you sound nervous. Are these going to hurt? Anyway, I'm sorry you're having such a rough time. :(
Hi! I am still lingering here. My experience with the HSG was awful! It was so painful that they had to stop it. However, a friend of mine had one done before me and said it was a breeze. They will tell you take ibuprofen before it. Do it! I didn't. I went home and stayed on the couch the rest of the day and did not move. My friend went back to work!
I guess it is different for everyone. I may have had a blocked tube. I was told that I should get it done again to double check that, but I refused.
I hope you have a better experience than I did.
The experience of cervical dilation is very different for different women. I've had it twice as a patient, for IUD insertion, and felt extremely mild cramping which resolved within 1-2 hours. Other women have intolerable cramping that necessitates cessation of the procedure or removal of the device.
Since the cervix in any non-pregnant woman is completely closed, you have to open it a wee bit to admit something more or less the size of a pencil. They usually recommend taking your trusty go-to PMS/cramping remedy, be it Advil or Alleve or what have you.
@poppy-- it's seriously-- seriously-- nothing anyone would bat an eyelash at. I mean barely even notice. I do, like, five pelvic exams a year (so almost none) and they're almost always in women with massive vaginal bleeds who come into the ER hypotensive. I mean it's impossible to overstate how routine this is and how no care provider would even notice. You should absolutely not be embarrassed-- they are requesting to evaluate you on Day 3 of your cycle.
Thank you @Niteowl and @Hilary. I saw on the paper to take 600 mg ibuprofen. I'm a bad girl and skip all premedications for most procedures. I have Mobic (a prescription NSAID that's very similar, just longer acting and more gentle on tummy) so I'll definitely take it for the procedure. I might even take 1/2 a tab of a pain medicine if I can get DH to drive me. I am a big BIG baby when it comes to pain. I think I have a cervix more sensitive than most, so if they have to dilate it to pencil size, not Q-tip size like for Pap smears, then I will definitely need some meds! I also will have to go back to work the night following the procedure so I really need it to go smoothly.
@Whit32 and @Blade, I know doctors are a very professional lot and are way more used to blood and guts in comparison to me. I just keep imagining some Dexter-like kill room being set up for the ultrasound. My anxiety is getting the better of my imagination these days which is evident in my irrational fear of simple medical procedures and all the psychotic nightmares I've been having recently. Yesterday I literally googled "dream interpretation stalked by previous boss at synagogue then date raped" which surprisingly yielded no helpful results.