HSG: The final (testing) frontier

14 February 2017

Topics: pregnancy conception

This is an intense week of testing due to scheduling and where I am in my cycle. I had my last test today, the HSG, or hysterosalpingogram. (Say that five times fast.)

The HSG is simply an X-ray of most of your girl parts. The purpose is to make sure your fallopian tubes are open. Open tubes means your eggs can travel from your ovaries to your uterus without any problems. Closed tubes means your parts are closed for business.

It is a super quick test that they say feels almost like a pap smear. It does not. In reality, the speculum is the only part that is similar to a pap smear. During the test, they insert dye into the cervix. The X-ray machine is used to watch the dye as it travels through your system. Your tubes are open if the dye makes it to your ovaries.

Before going in, I thought the HSG was a big, long procedure. It is not. It literally takes 5 minutes. Seriously. Giving my urine sample took longer. (Then again, I didn’t really have to pee. Oops.)

If you are reading about the HSG, you have probably read that there could be some cramping and spotting. Your mileage may vary, but that was a big old yes for me to both.

Here were the “oh my” points of my visit. I don’t want to scare you, so skip ahead if you don’t want to know:

I like ending with “yay” points, so here are a couple of those:

Also, in case you were curious, all systems are go for me. May yours be as well.

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