On Wednesday I was referred for an HSG by fertility.
The hospital that I am at only does them on Mondays or Fridays.
I am hoping that I will get a cancellation slot on Friday afternoon, which is Day 10 of my cycle. In the unlikely event this occurs, DH will be able to get the afternoon off work to take me so all is well.
If I am unsuccessful, then I need to wait till next month. By this point DH will have changed jobs and won't be able to get time off to take me.
Reading the booklet that the hospital has given me it advises "taking someone with you in case of any discomfort following the procedure and to drive you home"
I don't know anybody who would be available and whom I would feel comfortable about asking to go with me.
So, has anybody been on their own and how uncomfortable was it?
I went on my own to have a HSG done and it was not too bad overall (the fear of it was worse than the reality). I got a taxi home afterwards.
I was given a couple of painkillers beforehand and a gown to wear. Do take some sanitary protection to wear, that dye although they don't use much (about a teaspoonful) does come out afterwards.
It is a useful test to have done as it can give information not easily accessible by other methods. Deformities INSIDE the tube can only be seen on x-ray.
The procedure itself should not be painful provided the dye is injected both slowly and carefully. You should receive the result of the HSG at the time; they should be able to tell you whether the tubes are patent (open).
You are right, it is the fear that is bothering me. I nearly fainted after a smear test once !
I had a perforated appendix as a child, the result of which was peritonitis and a nasty pelvic abscess. I suppose I am nervous because they have warned me that there is a risk that subsequent scar tissue may mean my tubes are not patent. The nurse did warn that this can cause cause a bit of discomfort when the HSG is done, and I suppose that's why I'm feeling so fearful. I am, however, hoping that my tubes are fine and that I am worrying unnecessarily. FX
Thanks for the tip about the sanitary towel. That is very useful to know.
I think I'll get the bus there and a cab home, as you suggested.