Hi Lisa, CRGH is a fertility clinic associated with UCH but not in UCH, its private but has NHS referals. options 2 and 3 both check whether or not fallopian tubes are blocked. hycosy is less invasive as its done with an ultra sound but a laparoscopy is key hole surgery and you have to have a general anaesthetic
Is Hycosy the same as a HSG x-ray? Or is that the pelvic scan you've already had? Still can't offer any advice though sorry What is your gut feel? Are you paying for IUI or on NHS? I'm not sure I could avoid the temptation to possibly get pg! xx
Hi, my advice would be to have the hycosy - it does have a certain percentage of successes from the procedure on its own. The dye being injected can have a cleansing effect. Be aware that it is quite painful - far worse than the period pains they claimed it would be! At least they will be able to see even better if there are any obvious issues.
I had one ages ago, am now waiting to get my LH surge so I can go for my first IUI treatment. Never bothered with the laparascopy as have an irrational fear of general anaesthetic - gynae/fertility consultant concluded that it wasn't really necessary as nothing pointed towards that kind of problem.
Everyone is different and obviously the consultants advice is best to follow. I hope this helps in some way x
Hi, I had the Hycosy too, but didn't find it that painful. I know everyone is different so you might be lucky! It was like period pains for me but further down iyswim. But then I don't get terrible period pains so maybe that is a factor?
Good luck whatever you choose and slightlybabycrazed good luck with your IUI xxx
Sounds like HSG and hycosy are the same thing, basically checking the patency of your tubes and also looking for things like fibroids and scarring within the uterus. Do you know if they will perform a hysteroscopy at the same time as a laparoscopy? I had both done at the same time and showed despite having no symptoms at all I had endometriosis, which was treated during the same operation, and I fell pregnant 5 weeks later.
I would check that if they find any problems that they will fix them at the same time, rather than you needing another operation. If this is the case and they will also do a hysteroscopy at the same time I would go with that option. If not have the hycosy first then the lap, it's really best to have a good and full picture before going ahead with treatments such as IUI and IVF, you may find a problem you can fix that will enable you to conceive naturally.
I'm not sure how much the HSG looked for things like scarring in the uterus etc. Because it was an x-ray they just look at where the dye goes I think - ie does it get easily round everything and into my tubes. And apparently the dye itself can improve fertility for 3 mths or so
The HSG definitely can see scarring in the uterus, it's one of the main tests performed in order to diagnose Ashermans Syndrome, which is scarring of the uterus. It can also be used to see fibroids (as can a transvaginal scan I believe) an HSG can also show any uterine abnormalities such as a septate uterus.