As I'm sure many of you reading this have already had a HSG, I'll spare you the play-by-play. I will say I went into the test as relaxed as I could be and the most I ever felt was high discomfort. Nothing was painful but I did feel very uncomfortable when the doctor injected more dye to get all the way through the tubes. The actual test took all of 10 minutes, if that. They had me turn my hips for a side view which kind of sucked. The cramping right afterward was quite bad, worse than my regular menstrual cramps. They offered me water and a cold compress, which I declined since I wasn't sweating at all. I asked to be able to stay lying down for a while (10 minutes) to let the worst cramps subside and just calm myself down before standing up and getting dressed.
The radiologist was curious why I was seeing a fertility specialist as far away as Sa.n Die.go, so that gave me an opportunity to tell him all about the Creighton Model and NFP. He seemed genuinely interested and totally clueless about Creighton. Just trying to get the message out there especially to male doctors who will probably have no use of that knowledge.
I'm very glad I did the test down in San.ta. Monic.a. They rebuilt the hospital from the ground up and all the equipment was new, which I'm sure I'll be paying for. :) The radiologist was very nice and so was the technician. I tried to keep up the talking to stay relaxed. It's now 3 hours post procedure and I'm back at work and feeling near normal.
Ironically, right before I walked into the hospital Trixie called me. She said they got the ultrasound images and Dr. Stig.en could not see all of my uterus in the images so she wants me to do the hysterosonogram. When I walked into radiology I asked if this could be done at the same time as the HSG since I brought the order with me but they said no can do. I really don't think the sonogram is necessary. I'm just an abnormal normal patient.