How Painful is the HSG Test?

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My appointment was for 8:15 this morning.

My husband woke me this morning at 6:30 with a hot cup of coffee and a kind smile.

He knew just how much I was dreading the HSG test.

I’d heard it was everything from mildly uncomfortable to excruciating.

My anxiety grew from the moment I woke until I was on the cold X-ray table, waiting for the doctor to come in and begin the procedure.

The X-ray technician thoroughly explained exactly what the radiologist would do…

First, he would insert the speculum, which she warned me would not be warm.

Then, he would clean my cervix three times with betadine to help prevent infection. She warned me that this would likely be rather unpleasant.

He would then thread a catheter through my cervix and into my uterus and fill it with a dye solution.

He would then X-ray my uterus to get a clear image of how things looked.

I so appreciated her calm and compassionate demeanor.

So how bad was it?

Well, the speculum was, as she predicted, cold, and unpleasant.

I didn’t find the cleaning of my cervix especially painful.

After a bit of trouble threading the catheter into my cervix, he was successful and (finally!) removed the speculum and filled my uterus with the dye. This part was truly uncomfortable and he had to remind me to breathe at one point.

Watching the dye flood my uterus and Fallopian tubes on the screen was fascinating and took the edge off the pain.

And then it was over.

I was thrilled to hear the radiologist tell me that everything looked perfect. My tubes are wide open.

So, while the procedure was painful, it wasn’t the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I have a pretty low tolerance for pain and found this to be maybe a 6 on a scale from 1-10.

I’ve had some mild cramping today, but nothing that ibuprofen hasn’t been able to take care of.

The procedure was far easier than I imagined it would be and it was over within 15 minutes.

Thank you to each of you who offered me support, kind words, personal stories, and distraction over the past couple of weeks.

This journey is made easier by knowing that you’re in my corner.

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