HSG - is it painful?

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  1. I am new to the board and excited about starting my journey. I have HSG scheduled on Monday and am a little scared. I was wondering:

    1) is it painful?
    2) will I be able to return to work afterwards?
    3) should I have someone come with me? Drive me?

    Thank you so much for any advise you can offer. It is so great to have a place to ask questions and learn more!

  2. It would depend on what's going on in there, I would think. I've heard people say it was nothing, and I've heard other people say that it was excruciating.

    Mine fell somewhere in between. It hurt. A lot. According to my OBGYN that is because my tubes are totally blocked. They injected the dye, and it had no place to go, due to the blocked tubes, so the cramping was pretty intense.

    However, having said that--once it was over, it was over. It only really hurt while it was happening, and in all honesty, it didn't last that long. Once it was over I gathered my things, drove myself to the grocery store, and did the shopping for the week. I never even had any cramping later in the day.

    I\'d suggest that you take a couple of Tylenol about 30 minutes before your appointment.

  3. Amarsolado - Your response actually made me feel a little better and more comfortable, knowing what to expect. Thank you so much.

  4. Sue,
    It does hurt some...more like a crampy/uncomfortable feeling when they get in as much dye as needed. That's when you need to tell them that you feel pressure, then they can quit injecting the dye.
    You should try very hard to relax when you have it done. I have had 4 HSG's and I remember my first being the worst. By the 4th time, I was able to relax and let the dye flow. If you aren't relaxed, you can cramp and spasm and perhaps get an inaccurate result.
    Definately take some tylenol or ibuprofen (like 800 mg) about 1 hr. before your HSG, and I think you'll do just fine!
    Good luck!!!
    Monica

  5. And also, I didn't have anyone drive me to any of them...you'll be just fine!

  6. I thought it was pretty painful. The good news is it doesn't last more than about 10 minutes at most. I thought it was like the worst period cramps I'd ever had. But, when it's over you feel ok. And, I went right back to work and drove no problem.
    Take a few tylenol before you go to help with pain.

  7. I cried, but I agree, it is over pretty quickly. The pain was intense cramping for me, like I wanted to curl into a ball but couldn't to make it go away. My tubes are clear, so not sure how much that affects the pain, I think it is truly your individual threshold. I was surprised it hurt, I had been told it would only be a minor cramping. Once it was over, I had the mild cramps for an hour or two, but advil/ibuprofen helped. I didn't go back to work, but drove myself home and was fine later that day. Try to relax as much as you can, I think it will help.

  8. when i had mine done it felt more like cramps for a minute. i think it helps if you are able to take ibuprofin first. (advil) as this helps muscle pain. I also think it depends on your tolerance level.. i think you are pretty uptight when on the table positioned the same as for a pap only it takes longer. i had a number of people in the room. a few techs, the dr arrived and i think one more person. i was positioned that way for a while it seemed. i am a nurse so i felt i could go it alone, i wish i had brought someone with me to be honest.
    Hope you get along ok..don't worry too much about it.. it is over quickly. I think i minded the embarassment more than anything. sue

    ps i did drive myself home and was fine for the rest of the day with regular activity..

  9. i took 800 mg ibuprophan and cramped slightly during test. drove myself but took the day off just because i wanted too. It wasnt too bad.

  10. Ive heard people say both things also.
    My personal experience, I thought it was painful and I got very nauseaus while the Dr was manipulating my uterus I thought I was going to be sick. The Dr actually had to call another nurse or someone in with something in case I got sick. The Dr said the sickness cause my blood pressure dropped so fast, I dont know. I bled BAD afterwards too. I sat up and asked the nurse if that was dye coming out of me and she said no honey thats blood. It was pouring out of me! I did go back to work though and had cramps off and on for the next 2 days.

  11. Thanks so much everyone. I feel much better knowing what to expect. I can take just about anything as long as I know what to expect.

    I really appreciate all the support!

  12. It depends on the person performing it. Mine was a moron. Could not get anything right and after several attemps at getting the catheter in, had to call in his supervisor to do it. It was painful in my case.

  13. I was lucky I guess, as my HSG felt fine. NO pain at all. I did prepare for possible pain with ibuprofen of course!
    The woman doing mine put the dye in really slow and I think that helped (also my tubes weren't blocked which could have caused pain).
    Good luck to you on this journey.

  14. I was lucky I guess, as my HSG felt fine. NO pain at all. I did prepare for possible pain with ibuprofen of course!
    The woman doing mine put the dye in really slow and I think that helped (also my tubes weren't blocked which could have caused pain).
    Good luck to you on this journey.

    Barge to aspasiavasilaki--Sorry your person was a moron. That sucks.

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