This is what I have been dreading the most.
Seven years ago, I had the Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) done when I first started to embark on this infertility journey. For those who aren’t familiar with an HSG, it is a radiology test where they inject dye into your uterus and fallopian tubes to check for blockages and possible issues in the uterus. The coolest part about it is you get to watch the dye travel on a screen as they take pictures. It is a fairly quick procedure, but for me, it’s also a painful one. As you all know by now, my cervix doesn’t like to be messed with. It is stubborn, and I’d call it other words, but I’ll refrain.
The first HSG I had was not only awkward because some 20-something dude straight out of medschool was breaking out into a sweat trying to do the procedure, but because the catheter just wouldn’t go into my cervix. He kept apologizing over and over again as I just laid there, tears streaming down my face because I was so uncomfortable. Thankfully my doctor had prescribed me a Valium and a pain medication prior to the procedure, but I was still very uncomfortable.
With two IUIs under my belt, I now know it wasn’t just the 20-something dude’s fault… it was definitely mine.
So today, on this lovely CD 5, I am having my repeat HSG. Hopefully it all comes back normal like it did 7 years ago, but I’m even more hopeful that if there is some debris floating around in there, that it’s all washed out from the dye and that I’ll be left with a squeaky clean uterus and tubes. We figure that if this HSG does anything, it’ll provide me with a clean slate to continue this infertility journey on.
And as much as the HSG stinks, I have a praise: insurance approved it. My insurance, which doesn’t cover infertility, approved it. It will cost me a lot less than it did 7 years ago. I’ve noticed that my insurance has been very generous lately when it comes to helping with my labs and approving them, and I am so grateful for that because they won’t cover a penny of Follistim. The hospital telling me that insurance approved the HSG was music to my ears.
This morning is going to be a busy one. I have a urine pregnancy test to complete in my doctor’s office so I can take the negative report to radiology (they won’t do the HSG without a negative result directly from the doctor), a follicle ultrasound at 8:30, E2 blood draw right after that, and my HSG at 9:45. I did start up my 4th round of Follistim on CD 2, so we’re moving forward with that as well.
I ask for your prayers… I know what I am going into, and I know this will be extremely uncomfortable, but I am willing to do it to grow our family.
Onward I go.