Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Next Step

On Friday I will be going back to the doctor for a Hysterosalpingogram, or HSG. It's a test where they inject dye into the uterus and then take x-rays so they can see my uterus, fallopian tubes, and uterine lining, and get an idea if there is a problem or not. It's not supposed to be too painful. They recommend that you take 600 mg of ibuprofin an hour before going in, and they don't need to use anesthetic. My friends in my support group told me that they were crampy and sore for a while after, so plan to have someone else drive and rest in bed for the evening.

I'm excited but nervous for the test. I want to know if there is something that they can diagnose so I have some closure, and know what I need to do next.

At the same time, I don't want both of my tubes to be blocked. If just one is blocked, they won't do anything to fix it. For both tubes, there is surgery available, but I hope I don't have to take that route. That's a solution that not many doctors recommend nowadays. Most just push you toward IVF instead. Depending on the problem and which type of surgery I would need, I think I would rather look into surgery first, since it would be cheaper.

But hopefully, I can finally have some answers. Plus, when the dye is flushed out,  it can sometimes open up the tubes and can get rid of some build up that may be causing some problems. So the test itself may actually help me.


Jules said...

Good luck! I hope they can find out something useful. And I hope John makes you cookies for afterwards :)

Allie said...

Ha, thanks! I relayed your comment to him, and he said you'd have to do the cookie part, since he doesn't bake. I think I'll just send him for ice cream instead. Especially depending on the test results.