‘The Womb X-Ray’ (HSG)
The ‘professor of sperm’ has reccomended that BEFORE we start with IVF that I get a womb x-ray to make sure my womb, tubes and god knows what other reproductive pathways are clean and clear.
If there is a blockage of any sorts, it could well be one of the things preventing us conceiving naturally as sperm may not be able to get where it needs to be.
It’s apparently not uncommon for women to have minor blockages and this test can detect them. Interestingly, the Dr carrying out the test told me that the very process of procedure can often be helpful in clearing the pathways as well.
The procedure needs to be done in the time frame between when you have stopped bleeding and your ovulation day….. AND you are not permitted to have sex in this time.
A quick re cap of that – the first day of your period is day 1 of your cycle, so the test ideally wants to be done any day between day 5 – 10 of your cycle. I think its a good idea to book the x-ray appointment in advance so you are booked in for 2 -3 days after you have stopped bleeding.
By being organised, its all out of the way and you are then free to have copious amounts of sex to try and get those little swimmers up where they are meant to be and waiting patiently to meet their match, come ovulation time!!
And hows this for a bit of positive feedback.. the Dr who performed my x-ray said that in the cases where ovulation and sperm counts/movements etc are healthy and normal in a couple but conceiving has not been successful.. 40% of those women fall pregnant after this procedure. Ok I am not in that catagory, we are part of the ‘problem sperm gang’, but still it was nice to hear.
Onto the procedure.. I had mine done in the x-ray dept and It took about 10 minutes. The appointment was at 7.30am and I was told to have a light breakfast. It was a little invasive. Legs spread, the Dr put a plastic device inside me to open things up. It reminded me of the device used when having a pap smear to open things up – the cold metal thing. Ok so this was a little uncomfortable. Next, the tube, like a drip, is put inside you. This is how the dye will be filtered in. Inserting this was also a little uncomfortable, but not too bad though.
When the dye/substance was filtered in I felt a very strong pain. Like an incredibly strong period cramp suddenly coming. It was a bit of a shock, to be honest, I didnt think it would hurt that much. It only lasted perhaps 40 – 60 seconds though and was then all over. I did feel quite tender throughout the rest of the day.
I got my results within the hour. All is clean and clear. The Dr said there was a minor blockage, hence the strong pain, but that the procedure cleared it and all is now fine… And that was that.
He suggested we have sex as many times as we can in the next days running up to my ovulation to give ourselves a chance of conceiving now I am blockage free. So we will see.. I have an appointment with Prof. Sperm in the next few days as he wants to see the results and we will go from there.
Link to article on HSG X-Ray:http://www.ivf-infertility.com/infertility/investigations/female/hsg.php
Please remember I am not a Doctor, nor even an authority on this subject. My language/explanations are relatively informal and my explanations may not be completely accurate. It is important that you do your own research and to always consult with your Doctor for clarification.
The purpose of this and all my posts on IVF and my road to pregnancy is simply to share my experiences with others who may be in a same or similar situation.
I hope this has been some help. Your feedback, thoughts, feelings, ideas are all so welcome. I look froward to hearing from you.
Until next time
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