That’s what I had done today.  I can’t even pronounce it.  Those of us in the know call it an HSG.  So, what exactly is an HSG?  It’s a test to check if your fallopian tubes are open and to check the shape and size of your uterus.  The basic idea is that a catheter is inserted through the cervical opening and into the uterus.  Then comes the radioactive dye, which fills the uterine cavity and give you a nice picture of your uterus.  If your fallopian tubes are clear, the dye will move through your tubes and spill out into your abdominal cavity.  If your tubes have a slight blockage, the dye will help clean that out.  If your tubes are really blocked up, the dye will spill back out over the cervix.

You are now medical experts on the HSG.  Fun, huh?

Yesterday, I was really freaking out about it.  I had read/heard a lot of HSG horror stories.  The Baby-Making Doctors office told me I would feel some mild discomfort and to take ibuprofen before I came.  I’m no fool.  I was also once told that all I would feel during a spinal tap was some slight pressure and a pinch.  LIES!  So, needless to say, I was a bit freaked out.  Here’s how it went down…

Receptionist:  Hi Erin, please pee in this cup.  Oh, are you allergic to iodine or shellfish?

Me: No.  Do I get a shrimp cocktail as part of this procedure?

After establishing that I wasn’t pregnant and that there would be no shrimp cocktail, I had to get naked.  Can someone please explain to me why it is always so freaking cold in places where you have to take your clothes off?  Seriously.  What is that about?  Anyhow, I took off my bottoms and got to lay down on the coldest, hardest table I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.  I felt like a piece of meat chilling in a cooler…or a cadaver.  After about 9,000 years of laying on the table, the two nurses came in.  Yay for the two nice nurses and not that mean bitch who made me cry last week!

So, they talked me through the procedure, patted my arm, and told me what a doll I was for being a preschool special education teacher.  Seriously.  They called me a doll.  They even complimented my cervical mucus.  It went something like this…

Nice Nurse #1: What cycle day are you on, Erin?

Me: Ummm, day 7.

Nice Nurse #1: Well, you have some excellent cervical mucus here.

Me: That’s good to hear.

Nice Nurse #2: We really do give out strange compliments here!  I told the last lady that she had nice ovaries.

Me: I like it.  It’s better than you saying, “Whoa.  What have you got going on up there?”

So, despite all of my fears, the HSG was not that bad.  I was definitely uncomfortable, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but I had two wonderful nurses who put me at ease, and I survived.  Plus, Nice Nurse #1 filled me in on my test results so far…

Based on my pre and post-ovulatory vagina-cams, I did ovulate last month.  Can I get a Woo Hoo?  My HSG showed some minor scar tissue on the outside of one tube, but otherwise my tubes are clear and lovely.  Woo hoo!  My blood work showed some slightly funky things going on with my hormone levels, which is to be expected in someone who has an underactive thyroid like me.

What does all that mean?

Well, it means that I’m not infertile, but that without some help it could take us a really long time to get pregnant.  Still, there is plenty of chance that I could get pregnant this month.  Next week, I get to meet with the doctor and here exactly what the plan from here on out is.  I’m guessing hormone treatments.

So, that’s where we are now.  I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief.


  1. Wow! And I thought it was bad when the gyno spilled my urine last month! But the news is AWESOME! Congrats! I will keep praying that the baby making is successful!(and fun) 😉

  2. Okay,
    a) dye spilling into your abdomen – eek!
    b) you would think they would make those places that people routinely have to take their clothes off warm and comfy
    c) those nurses sound amazing, which is exactly what you want when you’re freaking out
    d) WOO-HOO!

  3. I can pronounce it only because I work in radiology. Although luckily I never had to perform one. I’m glad that the staff was super nice though, it really helps. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had patients tell me that I helped them feel more comfortable & it makes me happy to hear.

    and yay for not being infertile!! If they’re gonna go with the hormone injections, my friend told me it burns but it’s not totally unbearable. good luck & I’ll continue to keep my fingers crossed for you.

  4. I’m glad that you had some nice nurses help you through your visit. And I’m glad you are breathing a sigh of relief as well now. Keep up the good attitude! 🙂

  5. I’m glad this turns out better, and infertility isn’t the case. It was heart breaking seeing you cry in one of your previous posts, I prayed for you as well. The nurses are nice! I’ve been to a gynecolog once and the nurse is pretty cranky and mean.

  6. Well this is definitely encouraging news! Yay yay yay!

  7. It sounds like overall, you got some better news. Yay for that!

  8. Very encouraging! Good luck, Erin!

  9. That’s GREAT news overall, though, right??? I suppose it makes the unpleasant experience worth it and even better, they will have a plan for you! Saying prayers & sending good thoughts your way for you.


  11. YES!!!! Erin!! This is huge, congratulations! I’m so glad that you guys have a definitive answer, even if it’s “You have to be patient.” At least you’re being patient for something that will come in time =)

  12. I’m so glad you have this over with, and that the answers were some that you wanted!

  13. What wonderful news!

  14. Ah honey, I am so happy for you! Lots of love and hugs and shoes!


  15. I am BEAMING right now, this is such a positive step in the right direction!!

  16. Yay for good news!

  17. Good to hear some encouraging news!

  18. Good news!! Yay!!!

  19. I’m excited for you! And this is my first comment on a blog ever! I saw a few HSGs on rotations and they were pretty cool to watch but definitely didn’t look pleasant to have done. I’m glad you made it through and got good news!

  20. This post make me all sorts of happy for you! And I love how you are able to bring in bits of humor to these things you must go through – seriously, you are a gem.


  21. I had to call them several times about my hysterosalpingogram because the appointment time and date in the letter did not match the ones I was given on the phone. So I am pretty good in prounouncing this now.

    All I can say – never, ever again do I want to do it. I seem to be one of the unlucky ones suffering badly from the examination.

    Waiting for my results isn’t any better though and hopefully they will be more positive.

  22. I’m glad it went well. Sorry you had to be all naked and stuff. When I had mine I wore two hospital gowns (one backward and one forward so there were no flaps for my bum to hang out while I walked around the hospital). Mine was done by a man, and it was kind of awkward because it was just me and him in the room. The worst part was when he had me stand up after the procedure and everything came out and splatted on the floor. It was quite embarrassing.

    Good luck this month!

  23. Hi Erin! I met you this morning at Ralph Fletcher, I’m Stephanie’s friend…I just wanted to let you know that my friend Kathy had an HSG and she swears just having that done got her ovaries ready and she conceived the next month. You can only hope. I wish you the best! It’s no fun to have to go through everything you are going through. 🙂

  24. I wish you’d gotten a shrimp cocktail out of this deal.

    But congrats on a decent set of test results, even sans shrimp!

  25. I completely feel you on being naked in cold places. I went for a yearly checkup at my gyno last week, and I swear the room was like 60 degrees. Totally not cool.

    But I’m so happy to hear that the nurses made you comfortable (that’s SO important for any type of procedure) and that the test results came back positive!

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