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Dispelling the HSG Myths

by Wende Allen, PAC

If you’ve begun the process to evaluate the cause of your infertility, no doubt you are concerned about the testing that will be required. In particular, the HSG may be the test you are most dreading. Possibly, well-intended friends and family have shared their experiences in crisp detail. You’ve gone to Google for reassurance only to stumble upon blogs from other patients who have not had a good experience and are all too happy to discuss and embellish it. Actually, now you are more anxious than before.

The Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is performed routinely for patients having difficulty conceiving because it is an excellent test not only to see if a patient’s fallopian tubes are open, but to assess whether the uterus has normal shape and make sure the cavity is not affected by fibroids, polyps or scar tissue. The HSG requires the assistance of a certain type of x-ray called a fluoroscopy. At Shady Grove Fertility’s Rockville office, we have an x-ray room dedicated to these procedures. We also perform these procedures at our GBMC location, and utilize the hospital’s x-ray facilities. It may sound complicated, but it is actually a very simple and often quick test that provides valuable information in a matter of a few minutes or less. And the best part? It rarely causes the discomfort you might expect.

What Exactly Happens

A speculum is inserted into the vagina, similar to getting your annual pap smear. The cervix is cleansed with an antiseptic solution, and a small flexible catheter (much thinner than a coffee stirrer) is inserted through the opening of your cervix and into the uterine cavity. Usually the speculum is then removed and you are lying flat on the table during the x-ray imaging. A small amount of dye is passed thru the catheter, filling the uterine cavity and then filling the fallopian tubes. Fluoroscopy is a “live” x-ray that allows us to watch as the dye is traveling through the tubes. The tubes are considered open when spillage of dye occurs at the end of the tubes. This means that the dye has escaped the tube and thus your tube should be able to “pick up” your ovulated egg. Often times, this takes less than a minute, with less than 3 tsp of dye.

Even though this may be a step that patients dread, I often will tell the patients prior to the procedure they will be “pleasantly surprised”. The dye is gently infused into the cavity and although some cramping may occur as the uterine cavity distends with this fluid, it is usually less than menstrual cramping. I’ve found that the patients who comment on intense cramping usually do so because of tubal blockage. If the dye cannot pass thru the tube, there is increased pressure at the point of the blockage. By the time a patient is expresses discomfort, I’ve recognized the problem, the catheter is removed and there is immediate relief. Again, all of this takes a minute or less. And to reduce the cramping, it is our practice at SGF to advise Ibuprofen or similar over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory product 1 hour prior to the procedure.

Are There Any Complications?

Complications are exceptionally rare. Our patients are asked to start an antibiotic prior to the procedure to prevent an infection and are advised to refrain from intercourse for 24 hours. Occasionally, patients will experience spotting a few days following. A potentially serious complication can result if you are allergic to the contrast dye. If you have had any allergic reaction to prior contrast dye (as used with a CT scan, IVP) you need to notify your physician so that you can be prescribed medications to reduce your risk for a reaction.

So, if the prospect of having a HSG causes your hands to sweat and your heart to palpitate, please recognize that if you are like most of our patients, you will quickly jump off the table exclaiming “that really wasn’t so bad”.

269 Comments

  1. Natalie G.

    February 28, 2011 - 3:06 pm
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    Wende Allen rocks! She did my HSG at GBMC and it was completely painless. Ok, my tubes were not blocked in any way, but still…I’d completely worked myself up over what I thought was going to be a horrible procedure, but in the end, it was all just fine.

    So, one question I had subsequent to my HSG and one I picked up from reading on internet support groups, is that an HSG can actually facilitate fertility and not just because it diagnoses problems. It has like a “lubrication” kind of effect. Is that true or merely a myth?

    Thanks again!

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      February 28, 2011 - 3:26 pm
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      Hi Natalie!
      Yes, some people do conceive following the HSG, leaving many to question whether the HSG is therapeutic as well as diagnostic. One thought is that there may be “filmy” adhesions within a tube that are pushed away with the injection of the dye. These adhesions, if present, could potentially prevent the sperm from meeting the egg. But an HSG cannot open a tube that is truly blocked. So we still treat the HSG as a diagnostic test and do not expect it to be a form of treatment.
      – Wende Allen

      • Tasha

        February 4, 2016 - 12:48 am
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        Hi Ms. Allen, can you start a stimulated cycle in the same cycle of the HSG or do you have to wait until next cycle to start? Thx

      • JB

        August 16, 2016 - 2:48 pm
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        Had the test, no blockage, and it was extremely painful. Everyone is different. To say no blockage=no pain is not accurate.

    • bd

      October 22, 2014 - 4:00 am
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      This is bull! I’ve had an HSG test, have never had children, and I thought I was going to die from it! I literally almost passed out from the horrid, excruciating PAIN! Unless they give me happy juice, a saddle block, or anesthesia, I’ll never have it EVER again! These young gyn’s, most have no idea what they’re talking about because they’ve never had that test themselves . . . YET! There’s hundreds of complaints over the net of this procedure being barbaric, no woman should have to endure this test without any numbing drugs at all!

      • Alana

        November 2, 2014 - 1:19 am
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        I’m going to agree. The HSG test was horrible for me. (For the record I had my procedure done with another doc) I read the research and decided maybe all the “bad” stories were exaggerations and was trying to stay positive and be prepared for a painless experience. I almost even drove myself but my hubby came with. Anyway, my tubes weren’t blocked but one did have hard time the dye through at first…I’m sure that did increase my pain. I love awas completly shocked at how much pain I was in during the procedure. SHOCKED!!But, my feelings are this…I would have preferred to have been told the truth that it CAN be a painful experience… And that hopefully it wouldn’t be but I might have been better prepared to handle it. Not trying to scare anyone but I realize most ladies who are checking this page are probably researching HSG tests because they might be about to have one. I hope you really are one of those ladies who jump up and say “not so bad!” But I wasnt :(

        • LisaS

          November 4, 2014 - 2:23 pm
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          Oh my…I am scheduled to have an HSG AND SHG both on the same day…I am seriously nervous now…yes I am one of those who has researched these tests far and wide and 99% of women state it hurts like crazy. Why would they do both on the same day??? Ugh, I was told to take 3 ibuprofen but I am thinking maybe 6!!!!

          • Rose

            November 6, 2014 - 1:17 pm

            Hi I just had my HSG done last week and like you I researched it a lot. Let me honestly say that it was as painful as a menstrual cramp. I took 4 advils 1 hour before and a dose of Benadryl for any possible reaction to the dye. (My sister is allergic to it that’s why I took the precaution). I was very nervous even though my sister had it done a week before me and she said it really was not as painful as I thought it would be. I still had
            anxiety. I can tell you, that the more relaxed you are the better. Just prepare for a menstrual cramp that will last for a few minutes. The Advil will help. If I had to I can do it again. Good luck.

        • MicheleD

          December 4, 2014 - 3:46 pm
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          I would have to disagree that “no one should have this done” I think rather than blaming the test, you should check to see how different Dr’s administer the procedure. I had a wonderful doctor who instructed I take Ibuprofen before procedure and then gave me a gel to help with pain. I had minimal cramping, I think the Dr and nurse were actually surprised at how little I was in pain. It just felt like a strong period cramp, but a heck of a lot better than labor or the pain with the ectopic I had! I had the test administered last month and I am 5 days late, pregnancy test is showing negative yet, but my other pregnancies didn’t test positive until I was over 5 weeks along….so hoping I am one of the lucky ones that the test helped get pregnant. Would I do the test again? In a heartbeat.

        • Zorana

          January 29, 2016 - 6:51 pm
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          I had one HSG 8 years ago and it was unbearable. I screamed, fainted and vomited all over the place. My tubes were fine. I have to do it again in 4 days and I don’t know how will I survive. Pain killers didn’t help. It’s placebo :) Well, we gave you Advil ha ha. This is a barbaric method and I don’t understand why they don’t use the anesthetic. Good luck to all of us.

          • Tmf

            July 10, 2016 - 2:19 pm

            I hope your second HSG experience was better than the first. I have to say, I did a TON of research before having my HSG last week (at a different doctor). I was nervous, and my partner was nervous for me. She wanted me to have a ride to and from, but I ended up not needing it. I had some initial pain and discomfort when the speculum was placed as I had some tissue development near the cervix opening (dr said similar to a hymen). However, once that was “broken” I was a lot more comfortable. There was some cramping during the dye injection, but honestly it was not that bad. I expected much worse than it was. I had cramping similar to menstrual cramps the following two days.

            My only concern is now, 4 days later, I recieved a positive OPK (right on schedule, my positives are like clockwork) and am having strong pains on the right side of my pelvis. I do not know if HSG tests can cause ovulation to be more painful, or if there is something wrong. I am going to give it until tomorrow morning to subside before contacting our doctor.

      • faiza zafar

        December 4, 2014 - 6:26 pm
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        u r very right…same happened with me 2 days before..even i got admitted for 1 night.it waz horrible

      • barbara

        April 28, 2015 - 2:42 am
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        I know I’m late to the discussion but I had my procedure today, and it was pure hell. I was on that table for an hour because the dye wouldn’t go through. the doctor changed the speculum for a different one during the whole thing, pretty much starting from scratch. Then it turned out it must be some sort of blockage because after an hour of what I can describe as pure torture, he’ll need more help to go through my cervix. And he’s been doing this for over 2 decades. So maybe if you have no problems whatsoever -maybe then it’s a few minute long walk in the park, but if you do have a blockage- then prepare for hell. I’m not here to scare anyone, but rather prepare them. I read success stories only and was sadly mislead. It can go both ways, so I just want to say: prepare for anything.

        • jamie

          May 22, 2015 - 8:53 pm
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          Hi. I just finished my test as well. I had no pain or real discomfort until the dye was injected. I had one tube blocked. This caused so much pain I was sweating, swearing, and about the puke. I am a little upset that I was not told by my doctor to take ibuprofen or anything before the test. This may have helped. I was not told about the test in any way. Now that I am waiting to hear back about the next step I am thinking of finding a new doctor. However, the test was worth the pain. Gained a lot of knowledge. I have no pain or discomfort after the test. Ready to move forward towards getting pregnant.

          • Kelly

            September 15, 2015 - 10:35 pm

            I just had a HSG done a few days ago. It was not really that bad. It was very uncomfortable when they put the speculum and catheter in but didn’t feel a thing when injecting the dye in. I thought I would feel some pain but didn’t feel any cramping or pain like other people said. I have one tube not blocked and the other swollen. It took less than 5 minutes. So, different people different experience, don’t worry too much. :)

      • Nik

        September 24, 2015 - 3:28 am
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        Not defending the test. Each persons pain tolerance is different. I had very slight discomfort with my 1st HSG 3 yrs ago. I’m scheduled for my 2nd one & don’t expect it to be any different.

      • Maya

        September 29, 2015 - 10:32 pm
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        I had the test yesterday. I felt some discomfort and pain like cramps during period. Seriously it was not bad at all. Maybe because my tubes were clear. I think it depends of a person. If I had to I would do it again

      • g

        November 4, 2015 - 10:53 pm
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        you probably could’nt handle pregnacy if you cant handle the hsg its not that bad, the anxiety is worse then the procedure

        • g

          November 4, 2015 - 10:54 pm
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          not pregnancy , I ment labor

        • Sandy Madison

          May 2, 2016 - 3:42 am
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          Actually, for 22 percent of women giving birth is a breeze compared to this. Glad you got lucky but you really don’t know how bad this can be for some.

      • Sandy Madison

        May 2, 2016 - 3:37 am
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        Totally true and this article, while meant to help, actually hurts the 22 percent of women who experience extreme pain during this test by minimizing their pain. 22% is substantial folks, so don’t let patronizing doctors tell you otherwise.

        There’s an actual scientific study on pain associated with this test if anyone is interested. It’s called “predictors of pain associated with HSG” so feel free to google if you want a real answer to your questions about this test.

        Here’s an excerpt
        “Pain was experienced by 94% of subjects. e SF-MPQ required participants to qualify their pain within 15 word descriptors. e most frequent and intense pain descriptors were “cramping” (86.5% of subjects; 1.65 ± 0.08 mean score ± standard error), “aching” (46.6%; 0.76 ± 0.008), “heavy like a weight” (44.4%; 0.72 ± 0.08), and “sharp” (51%; 0.94 ± 0.1). Seventy-six percent of subjects experienced at least “moderate pain” for one or more of the pain descriptors and 22% experienced “severe pain” for one or more of the pain descriptors. Mean score using VAS was 38.9 ± 26.6. Mean PPI was 2.08 ± 0.99. e VAS and PPI were strongly correlated (r=0.63; p<0.0001)."

        Best of luck and hoping you are in the 78 percent! I sure wasn't! But hey, at least childbirth is easier by comparison! :)

      • amber

        May 10, 2016 - 7:26 pm
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        I to just had one. My tube (I only have one) was not blocked in anyway. The pain was so excruciating I cried through the whole thing. Worst part was nurses that were still in training. They didn’t have any of the right equipment out. When asked by doctor for the right stuff, no one knew where to find it or what those items were exactly, so I laid with my legs wide open for like 20 min with the tube in my uterus. I second the fact that this procedure sucks. I’ve had 3 done due to miscarriages.

      • AJ

        August 24, 2016 - 8:51 pm
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        I agree with JB. My tubes were open as well and it was painful with a lot of pressure.

      • V

        October 11, 2016 - 7:55 pm
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        OMG, BD,
        I had the same experience!!! The HSG test was so painful they had to stop!! I was screaming and crying. The doctor who administered my test said my fallopian tubes look normal, however, because I was in so much pain they had to stop pushing the dye through. Thus, the dye didn’t make it all the way up. I’m waiting now to see what my doctor wants to do next!! If I have to take another test I need to be heavily sedated!!!! TOO MUCH PAIN!!!!!

    • Sam

      November 13, 2014 - 6:31 am
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      Hi –

      I had an HSG today & it was the most horrifically painful experience I’ve ever had! They absolutely should anesthetize before doing this type of procedure, but unfortunately for whatever reason -they do not. Definitely take 800 mg of Advil one hour before. No Advil could mask the pain I felt. I’ve had a baby and other procedures that were slightly painful, but this procedure takes the cake! I will never do another one again! Is it helpful yes, but docs please show some empathy – this is not a painless procedure. If you don’t believe me or other women -then I suggest trying it for yourself….

  2. Ami

    February 28, 2011 - 3:19 pm
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    Over the past 7 years, I’ve had 3 HSGs – all of them have gone smoothly, with minimal discomfort. One of the positive side effects not mentioned in the post is that the dye can clear your tubes if they are “gunked” up (not with scar tissue). I am 32 weeks pregnant following my last HSG and an IUI – the dye wouldn’t pass through my right tube and the tech made me roll a bit and the pressure from the dye was finally able to clear my tube. Incidentally, the same side my follicles were on the following month. Little girl due in 52 days, thanks (in part) to my HSG.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      February 28, 2011 - 3:28 pm
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      Congrats on your success Ami!
      Many do feel that the HSG can help clear out adhesions in the tubes. Sounds like that may have been so in your case.

    • steph

      March 30, 2015 - 1:27 am
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      I want to know if anyone ever experienced lower abdominal pains after HSG?I had mine done 1wk ago n it was painful! And a week after having sex wit my husband the lower abdominal pains became really crampy, could it be a sign of infection?

      • Rebecca

        September 14, 2015 - 5:33 pm
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        Hey im from bombay India I had my HSG today and it went smoothly no pain nothing its just some discomfort, no pain killers before or after. So ladies don’t get scared just have faith and stay positive while u r doing the test. BTW no blocks or anything.

    • she

      May 12, 2015 - 12:16 pm
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      Would realy like to know were u did It from coz in my country we have very poor medical mechines and services pliz respond so we can chat and congrats

    • Nanci

      May 31, 2015 - 2:39 pm
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      Ami,
      I know this is a long time ago but can you tell me how long you waited to BD after the HSG?
      Thanks,
      Nanci

  3. Stacy S.

    February 28, 2011 - 4:48 pm
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    I had my HSG done a few months ago and I did have some pretty intense cramping during mine. I have endometriosis, so i’m used to intense cramps, but I was pretty uncomfortable through the procedure, but it was quick, and it wasn’t anything that I couldn’t bare. I didn’t have any blockages thank goodness, but I do only have one tube and one ovary, so I don’t know if that is why my experience was different. I’m not trying to be negative, just trying to provide another perspective.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      March 1, 2011 - 9:04 am
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      Stacy – Thanks for sharing. Not everyone has the same experience, and it definitely isn’t a fun procedure. But while uncomfortable, as you said, it isn’t anything that woman should be scared of or too nervous about.

      • Shauna Allen

        February 7, 2015 - 3:09 am
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        Hi…ladies…you have nothing to worry about…its just like doing a papsmear…I was lying on the table looking at the monitor and asking questions.. Didn’t even realize it was over. I took two Baralgin the day before and two more the morning not an ounce of pain or displeasure… I was just a bit embarrass having to open wide in front the doctor.

        • Michelle

          May 4, 2015 - 6:10 pm
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          No, not it is not. I have PMDD and severely severely painful cramps and this was 100000x worse than any cramp I had. It was painful from the getgo and I had to be restrained. I went into it thinking it would just feel “crampy”. Ha.

          I wish.

          They had to physically hold me down and said that they did it because women would sit up in pain and try to push out the catheter. Tell me that is a procedure that is normally “crampy” but mostly painfree.

          I cried while doing it, and then had to endure 6 hours of painful cramps after while my body pushed it all out.

          Yeah, worse than my worst periods.

          • pat osa

            November 2, 2015 - 11:06 pm

            I accualltly did D AND C two years ago and since then i have not taken in and i went to seemy doctor and i was sent for HSG and during the procedure the the liquid which was inserted into me did not stay and the doctor did it more than two time still the same and told me my doctor may refer me to another place and i am very worried and i don’t know what is wrong. Pls i need your advice pls.

  4. Alicia B.

    February 28, 2011 - 7:16 pm
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    Oh good im not so nervous anymore i have one schedule in march wish me luck guys

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      March 1, 2011 - 9:02 am
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      Good Luck Alicia!

  5. Michelle

    August 28, 2011 - 4:02 pm
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    Thanks for the detailed info about the HSG, I’m scheduled for one this coming week. My question is since HSG is considered a diagnostic test, if my tubes are blocked and cannot be cleared from the dye, what happens next?

    • Rebecca CArpenter- Gossett

      June 23, 2015 - 2:36 pm
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      This was the most painful experience ive ever felt in my entire life. do NOT take IBU before the test, call your GRANDMOTHER and get an opiate. do not not not not not not go in there without taking a hydrocodone 10mg or a percocet, SOMETHING opiate related.
      I had a 12 LB child, and this is the mot painful experience ive ever had in my entire life, i lost consciousness twice, threw up from the pain several more, and that’s not the end, on my way home i SCREAMED and cried because my entire uterus was on FIRE burning and the worst pain ever for 2 hours following the test. the doctor called me in Tylenol 3’s for the pain, but it doesn’t do shit. today is the day after my test and i have to say, i feel much much much better, but still sore…… this is the worst pain ive ever felt, and ive broken my neck, had two back surgeries, got my appendix taken out, one of my Fallopian tubes out, had a 12 lb baby, breast implants, and broken bones, etc. ive beat the hell out of my body and this TAKES THE CAKE on pain!!!

  6. Tasha

    December 23, 2011 - 8:04 am
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    I had an HSG test done a couple of days ago and i guess because i have Endometriosis and only one tube, THE MALE doctor shot the dye up in my tube quickly and I was in so much intense pain that when i got off the table i went to the bathroom and could not get off the bathroom floor at the doctors for an hour and finally since I take the bus where I live, I had to call a taxi because i was unable to walk that much and the pain did not go away for 6 hours with 3000 milagrams of ibuprofen.

  7. Tanya

    August 9, 2012 - 9:08 pm
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    I just had my HSG performed by Wende Allen (she is wonderful, by the way) 1 hour ago. After reading all that horror stories on internet, I was so nervous! It was nothing at all. Like a regular OB exam, but a little bit longer. My both tubes were clear. You might feel something if your tubes are blocked. But please, don’t stress yourself, don’t read all the stories online, and relax. You are in good hands, so you will be fine anyway!!!

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      August 9, 2012 - 9:11 pm
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      That is great to hear, Tanya!! I’ll definitely share with Wende. And yes, typically if your tubes aren’t block, it shouldn’t be anything more than a little uncomfortable. Glad to hear yours went well. Have a great day!

  8. Dythe Young

    October 26, 2012 - 1:42 am
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    I’m going there next week at K St. I hope Wende will do my procedure too.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      November 5, 2012 - 4:01 pm
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      Hi Dythe – How was your appointment? Wende works out of our Baltimore area offices but the DC staff is just a fabulous.

  9. Raunak

    October 26, 2012 - 1:07 pm
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    After reading all the comments, I was really scared about the pain that I read it causes and mostly scared about what if there’s any blockage in my fallopian tubes…On the contrary, even though it took more than 4 attempts for the doctor to insert the rubber pipe through my cervix, it was not at all painfully except for 2-4 seconds of our very known menstrual pain which occurred when they filled with the contrast dye…that was all, the next thing I see on the monitor of the x ray machine was that the dye reached the end of both my Fallopian tube and I was glad o come off the table..Trust, once you know that the tubes are not blocked, every lil bit of pain, if there is, subsides and gives a very happy and jumpy feeling at the end of the day…

    Big thanks to the team of nurses and doctors at Chelsea n Westminster Trust Foundation, Greater London.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      November 5, 2012 - 4:05 pm
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      Thank you for sharing your experience, Raunak. Everyone reacts differently, the majority of patients have a slight pain as you described.

  10. Sass J

    December 14, 2012 - 5:33 pm
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    I had a HSG done be 4. It was painful a little and it s something i would try again 2 c if my tubes were blocked…

  11. Jennifer Omasta

    January 27, 2013 - 6:06 pm
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    My HSG went very smoothly. I only felt a little pinch when they inserted and inflated the catheter. When they injected the dye it just felt like a very dull menstral cramp and then it was over before I knew it! I’ve heard so many stories of women getting pregnant soon after. My concern is, are there any studies showing any risk to the egg that is present during the procedure? Since there is radiation involved, could that affect the quality of the egg? Thank you in advance for your time! :)

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      January 28, 2013 - 1:31 pm
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      Hi Jennifer- That is a great question. The radiation used is minimal and there is no fetal impact. Hope all goes well with your journey!

      • Gary

        December 10, 2013 - 7:13 am
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        Hi Shady Grove,
        My wife wants to get this HSG done, but she’s the one suggesting it, her gynee said it doesn’t need to be done yet and it could wait; but my wife is impatient, it’s only ybeen about 6 months since we’ve been trying with a half-decent frequency.
        I read somewhere that by exposing your ovaries to radiation, there’s always a chance that your eggs (or some of them) can get messed up DNA, which can result in a child with genetic abnormalities, a reason why doctors sometimes try to avoid this test.
        How much truth do you think there is to this? If you don’t mind also emailing your response to me at gsidhu29@hotmail.com, that would be much appreciated!
        Thanks!
        Gary

        • kenya

          August 8, 2014 - 12:00 am
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          I would love to know the answer to this as well!

          • knight

            August 22, 2014 - 5:54 am

            i’d love to hear about this as well because i have also been trying to concieve and a HSG was recommended which will be done in a few days time.

        • Shady Grove Fertility

          August 22, 2014 - 12:37 pm
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          Good Morning – The HSG test have very minimal radiation. And because those radiation levels are so l0w, they are not known to to cause any DNA changes.

  12. windalin

    February 13, 2013 - 10:55 pm
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    I had hsg test 5 months ago it was painful when i
    laid on the table but after an hour the pains disappeared. I wonder why am not pregnant yet

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      February 13, 2013 - 10:59 pm
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      I am sorry, Windalin. For some women HSGs can be painful, typically when a blockage is found. What were the results of the test? Have you discussed the results with your physician?

    • Rebecca Carpenter- Gossett

      June 23, 2015 - 2:53 pm
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      hunni, dont lose hope!. i have one Fallopian tube, and a slight prolapse in my uterus probably because i had a 12 lb child naturally. I had the HSG test done to see if my remaining tube was blocked and it was literally the worst pain i have ever felt in my entuire life … i REALLY wanted this test done because i REALLY want a child, it is five years after the eptopic pregnacy where they removed one of my fallopian tubes. and i still didnt get pregnant…. so i did some research. I found that when a woman orgasms during intercourse… your cervix or those muscles down there contract a lot ,the books said that the purpose of that is to “propel sperm towards the egg” … so what im saying to you is.,,, don’t focus so much on having a baby, focus on enjoyable intercourse with your partner. make sure you enjoy it also so you can have “o”. I think that any little bit of information helps when trying to have a child, i tried several different positions, and made sure i had my “o” after him so i had something for my muscles to “propel towards the egg”… just have fun with it… dont stress out.
      Im hoping that this works….. i just wanted to share with you where i am at, after trying for so long and stressing out about it, now im focusing on having fun and getting my enjoyment so this can maybe help. my cousin shared this information with me, she tried for close to 7 years and FINALLY got her baby, shes due next month. Im jealous of her, and excited for her at the same time because she tried for so long. she gives m hope that i can too, get pregnant and have one more child before i am too old to have one. im almost 30 and dont want to not have any more!

  13. amy

    February 22, 2013 - 4:38 pm
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    Hi wende,
    I had hsg 2day ago. Can you explain some of my result?
    ‘both the fallopian tubes are patent. The peritoneal
    spillage of contrast however is loculated in the
    para-adnexal regions. This could be due to adhesions.’

    The doctor doesnt explain it in detail coz he had
    operation to handle.

    I realised the doctor inject me two times. The first
    time of injection ive heard the doctor saying
    something,n the second injection i saw she
    push the needle a little bit far from the first
    injection. I watch it on monitor.

    So wende,hope you dnt mind to explain this to me.
    Tq.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      February 22, 2013 - 8:06 pm
      Reply

      Hi Amy – Happy to help explain. Both of your tubes being patent is a good thing – it means they are open, which is what we want. The dye (contrast) spilled out of the ends of the open fallopian tubes into the abdomen (peritoneum). ‘Loculated’ relates to that the dye may appear ‘bunched up’ in some areas, possibly due to the presence of adhesions. The only way to know if they are adhesions is to have surgery which typically is not necessary and won’t impact treatment.
      Hope this was helpful. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  14. Jill

    March 8, 2013 - 6:18 pm
    Reply

    I was told that one of my tubes was completely clear and the other one had some spillage, but not blocked. What does this mean as far as getting pregnant?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      March 8, 2013 - 9:11 pm
      Reply

      Hi Jill – For the tube that is clear, that is exactly what we want to see. And typically, given that other factors such a sperm, age, etc are reasonable, an IUI for treatment is usually considered.
      For the tube that has spillage – just that the extra dye exited into the abdominal space – that can also be normal, but not enough to say one way or the other.

  15. Amanda Robinson

    March 26, 2013 - 11:30 pm
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    I had my first HSG attempt today. I was really nervous going into the exam. It was pretty painful when he inserted the speculum. He couldnt find the right position so it became irritating. Then he began with inserting the catheter and had no luck so he tried another and still no luck. It was very painful. No medicine was given. I was shaking on the table from feeling so tense. I had to remind myself to breath. He finally stopped because he could not get the catheter inserted. I have no issues with my cycle at all. Very regular. Mild cramping first day of cycle and that’s it. Is it possible that it did not work because i could not relax? Have you heard of this before?

  16. Salley Kathryn

    March 28, 2013 - 12:52 am
    Reply

    I had an HSG test done on Monday and a positive Ovulation surge that evening. Can the HSG dye cause issues with conceiving? Also, is light bleeding normal a few days after the test?

  17. Salley Kathryn

    March 28, 2013 - 12:54 am
    Reply

    I had an HSG test on Monday and positive ovulation surge that evening. Can the HSG dye or procedure cause issues with trying to conceive? Also, is light bleeding normal a few days after the test?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      April 20, 2013 - 11:35 am
      Reply

      Hi Sally – Many apologies for just now seeing this comment. The procedure can not cause any issues with trying to conceive. As for any side effects (light bleeding, cramping, etc) everyone will respond differently – especially depending on what the test might find. I hope that your medical team/nurse has been able to help you with everything and best of luck with the rest of your treatment.

  18. chiomziest

    April 13, 2013 - 6:36 am
    Reply

    I had hsg yesterday it was painful and uncomfortable. Still weak and having slight pains this morning. I threw up after the test. I just hope it went well. Will see the Doctor on monday. I pray all is well.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      April 20, 2013 - 11:26 am
      Reply

      I hope everything turned out okay. Patients will respond differently to HSGs – but hopefully any discomfort is gone and the test was able to produce information that will help with your treatment.

  19. Katie R.

    April 17, 2013 - 12:52 am
    Reply

    I had my HSG today at SG. I was worried about it being unpleasant and painful, but it was super quick and completely painless. I was so happy and relieved!

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      April 20, 2013 - 11:24 am
      Reply

      Glad it went well, Katie!

  20. JULI

    April 18, 2013 - 10:05 pm
    Reply

    I had hsg this morning.it went well.it wasnt painful as i heard with some people.just a mild cramp when the fluid went in.i was given some shots of antibiotics after the procedure.After 4 long hrs of sleep,i woke up with these heavy cramps insidemy belly from under my breast to abdomen,made me so restless.i feel extra bloated ,like all the gas in d world is inside my stomach.I v taken 2 tablets of buscopan,am still feeling same way.i hope i ll be better by morning.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      April 20, 2013 - 11:24 am
      Reply

      Hi Juli – I hope you feel better now that it is a couple days later. Like many procedures, patients will respond differently. If you are still in discomfort, contact your primary nurse so she is aware and can advise you on what to do.

  21. veronica

    April 29, 2013 - 8:09 am
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    I just had my hsg done and it reminded me of my first contraction! I just want toknow if the test will disturb my menstrual cycle? Hsg is normally done on the 10th-12th day of the cycle. Now that I have light bleeding after the test, does it mean that my next menstrual will fall on the 28th day counting from today?
    Thanks.

  22. Hayley

    May 3, 2013 - 1:12 pm
    Reply

    I am having this test next month and I have been terrified about the pain. I did exactly what you described and googled it and then stupidly read about people saying it is so painful and like being in labour!
    I feel better after reading this and hope that the pain won’t be too bad! Wish me luck!

    • Anne

      July 9, 2013 - 2:39 pm
      Reply

      I made the same mistake. I poured through stories and information on google and made myself nervous. I had my HSG this morning in Rockville bracing myself for the cramps and pain that were sure to come but nothing! It was quick and I didn’t feel anything. It turns out I have one blocked tube but the proceedure still wasn’t painful at all. I did take some tylenol before heading to Rockville.

  23. Stacy

    May 5, 2013 - 1:39 am
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    I had a hsg a few days ago n the radiologist explained step by step. I saw the dye injected in my tubes but it looks like the dye didn’t move. They didn’t answer any questions have to wait for my doctor to get the results. Are my tubes blocked?

  24. shannon

    May 5, 2013 - 5:56 am
    Reply

    Hi
    I had a HSG this morning. It was uncomfortable bu tnot nearly as bad as I had imagined. It showed I have a blocked right tube. What are my chances of conceiving naturally? After a stillborn and then an ectopic, I am feeling really defeated. I was hoping for better news. :(

  25. Jess

    May 8, 2013 - 2:01 pm
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    I had my HSG scan 2 weeks ago and I only feel as if I have gotten back to normal now. My tubes were blocked and the male doctor decided to try to force the contrast fluid through. This was was not discussed with me at the time and my permission was neither sought nor given for him to force the fluid through. No pain medication was given before forcing the fluid. I was in agony. I was crying and begging the doctor to stop. He ignored me. Afterwards while I was still lying on the gurney and the nurse was removing the medieval torture device he had used, he turned to me and said brusquely while pointing at the monitor ‘ That’s why you can’t get pregnant. I recommend IVF’ and then just walked away. I really feel that he should have waited until the device was out and I could sit up and talk to him face to face like a human being. I was in pain for days afterwards: I blacked out at work the following day and had to be sent home. I’m supposed to get in touch with the clinic again about the IVF but I haven’t been able to bring myself to do so.

    • Chiona

      October 3, 2013 - 10:02 am
      Reply

      Hi Jess, I hear and understand you so well because that is what I went through about 5 years ago and for me to go back for HSG would need alot of psychological preparation (if ever). My doctor also tried to force the fluid into my tubes and I felt as if they were about to burst. He kept on telling me to relax but how can one relax when subjected to so much pain. I cried out to him to stop and he did and I bled from the process. I think it is less painful if your tubes are patent (open) because the fluid just easily seeps through, not when they are blocked. I could not walk upright after the procedure until after some minutes. I wasn’t given any pain medication too. Despite being 5 years ago, I still remember the excruciating pain and all I have done is pray to God to miraculously open my tubes because I can not go back for this procedure. My question to Shady Grove Fertility is “why can’t this be done in a theater under a general anesthetic?” Please tell me it can be done or else I continue looking up to God for a miracle.

    • meli

      November 7, 2013 - 9:31 am
      Reply

      Jess I am sorry, you got treated this way by the so called MD. This was indeed very unprofessional and unethical. you should have said something and even sued. Please I hope you got a better doctor as soon as you left that practice. Not everyone who works in the health field is trustworthy. Good luck and I hope his diagnosis was fault. Take heart sister.

      • Susan

        August 15, 2014 - 6:50 am
        Reply

        August 15, 2014 at 8:56 am
        Regarding the statement below:
        _______________________________

        My APOLOGIES This procedure WAS NOT DONE at the
        Shady Grove Fertility Clinic.

        I failed to mention this extremely important fact above this /my reply from Susan.

        Thank you,
        Kind Regards,
        Susan
        _______________________________

        A Day I Shall Never Forget! I went for my HSG. I was not told to take anything for pain. When I arrived at the clinic, I was nervous & told the nurse how I was feeling. She assured me that It would be over before I knew it. I asked if I could bring my husband in with me but I was told NO. Not even the nurse was allowed to be in the room. She was only to come in on his request. As I lay on the table in the cold room, the Doctor said he was going to start. He had difficulty getting the speculum in but I relaxed and it made the process a bit easier. He told me that he had to cut me because he could not get the catheter in but assured me that it would not hurt. All I would feel is a tiny pinch. What I felt was a sharpe cut. I could feel the warm blood moving around the edges of the speculum This certainly was not a pinch; it felt horrible and I was in extreme pain. However I just kept on breathing. He attempted to get the catheter in on several occasions, but was not successful. However when he did I thought I was going to die. I had contraction after contraction and I thought I was going to faint. My heart rate increased two-fold as the monitor detected this. The nurse came into the room to see if she could help. He told me to keep on breathing and I did but it hurt so much. I could feel my tears running down my face. Again, he would ask the nurse to leave.
        My results indicated that I had an obstruction of the left and right fallopian tube and two polyps in the endometrium.
        I kindly asked him to stop but he was adamant and said that he would like to attempt to open up at least one of the obstructions in my left Fallopian tube. I asked him if this would hurt and he said no. Unfortunately it hurt so much and instead of seeing a wire I saw a tiny little scalpel. After 20 minutes of digging I begged him to stop. He said he would be finished in just a few more minutes and to take some deep breaths. He continued and I just could not take it anymore. I called out to my husband who was obviously very worried because he could hear me. The doctor told me that I was very brave ” girl” because they usually do this procedure under a general anesthetic at the hospital. The nurse brought my husband into the room. I could not stand up but when I looked over at the bed I was laying in there was blood all over the area where my gluteus maximus was resting . The nurse looked concerned and asked me to drink the juice that she had brought in for me. I thanked her. No antibiotics absolutely nothing for pain was given to me. I was told I looked extremely pale and they wanted me to rest for at least 2 hours before I left for home. However, I just wanted to go home and rest in my bed. After that procedure was done I bled for approximately five months. After a month I called the doctor who performed the HSG & told him that I was still bleeding as if I was menstruating. He told me not to worry. He told me that this was normal. At month five I called my FP. She asked me to come in right away. She sent me over to the hospital to have some tests run only to find out that the doctor had actually cut out my left fallopian tube. All I could think of is if I was having problems before I certainly was going to have them now. If any of you are wondering if I live in a Third World country, I do not. I live in North America. After the removal of my ovary and fallopian tube this procedure put me into peri-menopause. There must be a way to determine if a woman’s tubes are blocked so that she does not have to go through what I did. It was certainly one of the worst experiences I have ever had as well as the most painful. With all of the technology we have one would think that there would be another way. However it all probably relates to how much money the system can make.
        What was even more discerning is when I went in every morning to proceed with cycle monitoring to assess ovarian reserve and ovulation. This doctor also suggested that I have another HSG to assess the obstructed tube & the endometrial cavity and to have my husband repeat all of the tests that he previously had including another semen analysis. This person who shall remain nameless found quite a few good eggs in me. This person was a fertility specialist in Europe for over 10 years, but came to North America for personal reasons and now works as a technician to monitor women’s cycle & to assess ovarian reserve an ovulation.
        This person found at least 6 of my own eggs that should/could be used & Artificially inseminated. I begged this person to discuss the findings with the fertility specialist that this person worked for. However, I was told that if he/she said a word then he/she would lose their job.
        Unfortunately, after all is said and done I went into early menopause due to the removal of my fallopian tube and ovary.
        Legally, there was nothing that I could do as they had me sign a form which indicated that the HSG Procedure can/could cause permanent infertility/sterility. However, because we so wanted a child, I/we signed the forms.

        • Susan

          August 15, 2014 - 8:56 am
          Reply

          My APOLOGIES This procedure WAS NOTE DONE at the
          Shady Grove Fertility Clinic.
          I failed to mention this extremely important fact above this /my reply from Susan.

          Thank you,
          Kind Regards,
          Susan

          • Shady Grove Fertility

            August 15, 2014 - 11:24 am

            Wow Susan, I hardly know what to say other than I am certainly relieved this type of treatment did not occur at Shady Grove Fertility. That had to be an extremely difficult situation to be placed in – let alone the physical pain. My sincerest sympathies.
            Thank you for sharing your experiences with our community. While I have not heard of anything close to this happening at our centers, there are a variety of risks associated with any medical treatment, including for infertility. It is important for patients educate themselves and hearing from other patients is a great means to do so as well as finding a medical team they trust.

        • bd

          October 22, 2014 - 4:28 am
          Reply

          This is bull what that gyn doc said and did to you! I’m in my mid-50’s and I’ve had an HSG test, have never had children, and I thought I was going to die from it! I literally almost passed out from the horrid, excruciating PAIN! Unless they give me happy juice, a saddle block, or anesthesia to knock me out totally, I’ll never have it EVER again! These young gyn’s (and male), most have no idea what they’re talking about because they’ve never had that test themselves . . . YET (to the female gyns)! There’s hundreds of complaints over the net of this procedure being barbaric, no woman should have to endure this test without any numbing drugs at all, Motrin and the like, don’t do a thing for the pain!

  26. JodiW

    May 10, 2013 - 2:40 am
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    I had an hsg done yesterday may8,2013..i read online that it would cramp , can i tell you no pain at all, just received result sayign patent fallopian tube? what does this mean because i did an ultrasound which say both ovaries abnormal.

  27. Heather

    May 13, 2013 - 6:13 pm
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    I had an HSG on May 2nd which was normal and no signs of blockages. I am currently on CD 20. I temp every morning and haven’t noticed a shift in temperature. My temperature has steadily been in the 96.6 to 97.1 range with no steady increase. Is it possible that I won’t ovulate this month? I have been really bloated and crampy for the past couple days but don’t think there is a chance that I could be pg because I didn’t see a shift in temperature. I have a call into the dr but they haven’t gotten back to me. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated

  28. Marnie Wicks

    May 14, 2013 - 8:51 pm
    Reply

    I had my HSG on CD 11 (tubes are clear!) and I ovulated on CD 15, what are the stats on conceiving on the same cycle as your HSG. Thanks for any help!! **Baby dust to us all**

  29. mrs drake

    May 14, 2013 - 9:18 pm
    Reply

    I had HSG done today and tubal 7 years ago my right tube is blocked still however my left tube had trucked of openings and some scarred tissue I started cramping towards end a little but now I’m home and cramping bad. I was told if I got pregnant it would be ectopic due to left tube open and scar tissue is it possible at all for normal pregnancy?

  30. M

    June 7, 2013 - 5:15 pm
    Reply

    I had my HSG in the SG Rockville Office. The speculum and catheter were easy to get in. The injection of the dye was painful, but I did forget to take any advil prior to the procedure. The doctors and nurses were very nice, explained everything step by step and stopped when I was in too much pain. Although the pain was intense, it was very short lived. I felt faint afterwards and the nurse had me lay down for a while until my pulse was higher. I had some minor cramping after the procedure, so I took Advil when I got home and have been fine since.

    I’m glad I got the procedure done at SG, as I can imagine that a radiologist who is not as familiar with this type of procedure could make it much more unpleasant. If I ever have to get this done again, I would definitely take a pain killer and possibly a xanax for nerves.

  31. EB

    June 15, 2013 - 1:54 pm
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    I had my HSG yesterday. I felt a couple pinches as the catheter was inserted (pain level 3) and cramping when the dye was inserted (pain level 4). Left tube was clear. Pain increased slightly (5-6) with the right as my doctor tried to force the dye through to unblock. Right remained blocked. I suggest having your doctor there to walk/talk you through and discuss results immediately after. Following up next week to discuss next steps! Luck and prayers to all on this journey!!!

  32. Maggie

    June 22, 2013 - 6:19 pm
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    I had this procedure yesterday and it was very painful. The doctor had to attempt it 3 times in 3 hours because of the pain I made him stop. I’ve had kidney stones that have hurt less than that procedure.

  33. Rhoda

    July 26, 2013 - 1:11 pm
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    I just had my hsg yesterday and it was very painful that I ddnt even hear the explanation from the doctor. will go back next thursday so as for him to explin clearly to me of the results.

  34. Naomi

    July 31, 2013 - 4:01 am
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    I had an HSG procedure done this afternoon and besides having a bit of cramping from the dye and a blocked tube, there really wasn’t any pain. It was more of an uncomfortable “full” feeling and then a slight cramp from the blocked tube becoming unblocked. I think I worried myself for 3 days expecting the worst! Just breathe and relax.

  35. Adanma

    August 19, 2013 - 5:28 am
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    Two days after my HSG text, I am having serious allergic reactions with rashes and itching all over my body, and with three days of allergy medication is not going away. what could be the cause? the HSG dye or the antibiotics I am taking?

    • Lorena

      December 19, 2014 - 8:54 pm
      Reply

      I think they had told me if i were allergic to iodine I would get rashes and itching like you are stating hope you are feeling better

  36. nycgirl

    August 24, 2013 - 2:39 pm
    Reply

    I had the test done yesterday. I read a lot of things online and was really worried. I did take 800mg ibuprofen expecting the worse. But it went well. I didnt even realize when it was done. I only felt period like cramp for 10 seconds. The nurse was kind enough to distract me with her chat. That helped. Please dont read into the experiences too much. Because you will have your own. Be aware, be prepared with painkillers, breathe during the test and be positive. Good luck!

  37. Christia

    September 8, 2013 - 12:47 am
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    It was easy and painless. Nothing to worry about at all.

  38. Julie Buchner

    September 13, 2013 - 4:30 am
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    Had my first ever hsg yesterday. I was very nervous but so pleased to have had zero pain! None! :) thank you.

  39. alana

    September 13, 2013 - 1:37 pm
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    i had an hsg this morning. i was so nervous after googling it (big mistake) but i’m happy to report it was totally painless! it was the same feeling as getting a pap smear with maybe a little, tiny bit more cramping. the whole procedure took maybe 4 minutes. my tubes were all clear but i did hear that blocked tubes can be more painful but all in all, it wasn’t a bad experience!

  40. Emily

    September 13, 2013 - 2:26 pm
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    I had a hsg this morning and it was very painful. The Dr. said my right tube looked good but my left tube wouldn’t oped, but she wasn’t sure yet if that was from the dye or if it was really blocked. What are your thoughts and if it is blocked what are my chances of getting concieving. If block can it be fixed?

  41. Sarah

    September 19, 2013 - 2:00 am
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    First off I am not part of Shady Grove Fertility but I do have a question for anyone on here… My question is, was this the first thing your doctors did in your fertility “issues”. This is the first step my doctor is taking, and I just feel like she is missing some steps before we jump to this. Thanks for your comments everyone :)

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      September 19, 2013 - 12:27 pm
      Reply

      Hi Sarah – At SGF an HSG is part of the initial work up, along with other screening. An HSG is valuable to seeing if there is any blockage in your tubes that could be preventing you from conceiving on your own. Considering the variance in experience that patients have with this – some having no pain, and some expressing more pain – it is understandable why it might seem like it is jumping a few steps, but as long as your physician is using it along with other screening, you should feel in good hands.

      • Sarah

        September 19, 2013 - 3:36 pm
        Reply

        Thank you so much for responding, its awesome that you offer this forum for question, comments, and concersn. :)

  42. Chelsea Brown

    September 20, 2013 - 5:45 pm
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    I has a HSG done last Friday and it was extremely painful. I don’t go back for my follow up until next Friday. He did say that my tubes looked ok. I couldn’t look at the screen because I was concentrating on trying to breathe. We’ve been TTC for over two years and I certainly hope this procedure helps! Is there a better chance for conception after this procedure?

  43. April

    September 23, 2013 - 11:42 pm
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    I had an sis done last week and my uterus had no polups or anything wrong with it. I just had a hsg done today but the doctors were unable to get the catheter in so they could inject the dye. She tried 4 times and had another doctor come in and he attempted and failed. I told them that i just had an sis done the week before and they were able to get the catheter placed with no problems. So im a little stressed because i was not able to have the procedure done and it was quite painful for me. Im waiting so speak with my specialist to see if i should have an hsg performed somewhere else….has anyone had this problem???

    • Marianna Abrahamyan

      September 30, 2013 - 9:15 pm
      Reply

      Hi April, sorry to hear that…..personally, I have never had a problem like that, perhaps you should try doing the HSG in another place….hope everything goes well for you!

  44. Marianna Abrahamyan

    September 30, 2013 - 9:10 pm
    Reply

    I had an HSG test today and it went good. I took an Advil liquid gel one hour before my procedure and only felt minor cramping when the dye was inserted…..both my tubes are really small (but he told me that that’s normal) and they are open. The doctor also told me that everything looks fine….I have been home for about 2 hours and haven’t felt any cramping or pain (hopefully it stays that way)……But I was also wondering if having small tubes can have an effect on conceiving?

  45. Donna

    October 9, 2013 - 11:31 pm
    Reply

    had an hsg done today, pain was minimal, thank God. my doctor wasn’t able to get the dye past the uterine cavity. What might be the problem? Thanks

  46. Daily

    October 18, 2013 - 3:54 am
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    I had a tubal reversal done on July 2012
    I have been tryi.g to conceive but no luck,Oct 11 2013 I got a,HSG,done
    And there was no mass, tubes filled up,but no spillage.what does tgis mean,and can,it get fix?,thank,you everyone in advance.

  47. akanksha

    October 22, 2013 - 8:24 am
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    Hi im 26 and trying for last 2 years one month i had clomid but test said pcos then next month eggs were ok but lining was thin .now doctor has advised hsg very scared after reading all online stuff do they give anesthesia or numb how do they do it by injecting on hand ???

  48. Faith

    October 26, 2013 - 7:39 am
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    Hello wendy. i had hsg yesterday. was pain free. Dr says i ve cervical adhesion but patent fallopian tubes.
    will i b able to concieve?

  49. Meg

    November 2, 2013 - 6:05 am
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    I was recently diagnosed with fibroid (2wks ago preciesly) and now, my gyneacologist has prescribed a HSG because the fibroid scan result said intramurral/subserosal and he wants to know the exact position of the fibroid growth and if it will impact fertility. The HSG is due after my next period (about 3wks away).
    He also recommended a number of hormonal tests because my menstrual cycle has been inconsistent since I got married about 5mths ago shifting from 30days to 36days and making it difficult for me to even calculate my ovulation and fertile days of the month. I’m worried that I haven’t been able to conceive yet but with all the things I’ve read so far about HSG, I’m nervous about doing it.
    Isn’t there any other scan/proceedure to show the exact location of the fibroid other than HSG? Hopefully the hormonal tests will tell why my cycle’s been inconsistent.
    I’d really appreciate comments and expert advise, thanks.

  50. Gg

    November 2, 2013 - 10:41 pm
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    Hello, I went to my doctor due to spotting mid month and was sent to do a regular ultrasound. Results showed had multiple fibroids in my uterus and one outside of uterus my doctor refered me to a gyn who then had me do another ultrasound hysterosonography I took a tydnol prior and did not feel any pain the most uncomfortable part was the speculum being inserted, my results showed I had a polyp in my uterus which my gyn wants to remove and shows right tube not patency which I was told could be blocked or maybe a spasm, after researching like crazy on the internet it seems I’m terified of doing the HSG, I can’t stop thinking about it the more I read the more freaked out I am I do want to get preg one day but I don’t know if I will be able to do this test..it seems ppls who took meds prior still complain about pain..please help?? Is there anything that the doc can do to numb my lower body during this procedure or why can’t they do it while I’m removing the polyp while asleep?

  51. Faith

    November 3, 2013 - 1:56 am
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    I have a HSG scheduled for November. I am worried because I have cramping, and have passed out and been taken to the ER after a Pap test. I really do not do well with this sort if thing. I have been told my vagal nerve is extremely sensative. Should this test cause problem?

    • Gg

      November 4, 2013 - 12:25 pm
      Reply

      Good luck Faith, let us kno how it goes

  52. Courtney

    November 6, 2013 - 3:54 pm
    Reply

    I just had my HSG done yesterday. After a few weeks of stressing about having this test done I’m so happy it’s over with! And happy to say it was pain free! The PA and X-ray tech were so great…explained each step and what to watch for on the monitor. My tubes were open and everything looked normal. Just waiting for my husband’s blood work results to come back to schedule our follow-up. If all tests look normal, what is generally the next step? We have been TTC for 13 months with no luck. I remember my dr mentioning a fertility pill in our initial consultation. What exactly does the pill do to help make me pregnant? And, since my tubes were open anyway, will this HSG test help us conceive this cycle??

  53. Sarah Rogers

    November 10, 2013 - 1:55 am
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    I took hsg and they used a dye, that I believe I was allgeric to (allergic to shellfish). My dr. Did not give me any antibiotics to take before the percedure. He said my one of my tube was swollen. Which I have research and have learn it can because of an infection. Yet my Dr. has not done a follow up or nor given me any antibiotics. He simply want talk about IVF. Is that normal.

  54. flora

    November 10, 2013 - 7:51 pm
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    I had a miscarriage in may but my test result shows PID nd polycystic ovaries even before d miscarriage. Nd i have been booked for HSG but scared but my mum encouraged me nd I’m ready to go for it dis week. What r my chances of becoming pregnant?

  55. Carolyn

    November 12, 2013 - 3:12 pm
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    Hi,

    I had the HSG done last Feb, and a tubal blockage was found on my right side. Left was open and there was spillage. In April I went back in to have the right tube unblocked with a wire under anesthesia. They unblocked it and said that it was open and there was spillage.

    I am not sure what would cause the blockage as I had a exploratory laprascopy in 2010 and my tubes were fine, also no endometriosis present. I have never had a STD – very regular with my paps and tests since my early twenties.

    Since then I have done three rounds of clomid – unmonitored, one round of femara – monitored and with trigger/iui, and now on my second round of femara/puregon and trigger/iui. I am 7 dpo and just have a feeling it didn’t work. We have been trying for a year. I am 34, husband is 37 and we have a 10 year old son.

    My husbands’s counts are fine, – 19 million post wash for first IUI with 97% motility and 17 million for this IUI. My FSH is 7, LH is 7, AMH is fine….I ovulate on my own each month, lining is beautiful according to RE. Cycles are consistant – every 27 days.

    I don’t know where to go from here. I think my clinic wants to do injectibles again and IUI for the next round. Is there any other tests I should ask for?
    I do have a lot of period pain and also cramping in the leutal phase. Could I have endo and this be preventing pregnancy?

    I guess I have confirmation I did not have it in spring 2010, and my uterus, ovaries, tubes etc look fine on the ultrasound, and on the HSGs…but I just can’t figure out what the problem could be. I am hesitant to keep throwing money to IUI, if there is something else going on….Any advice on what questions to ask or where my RE should be doing next?

  56. Gabrielle

    November 12, 2013 - 8:55 pm
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    I am laying here after my 3rd HSG in severe pain. No doubt the worst cramping ive ever experienced. The procedure itself is very easy and quick although like many infertility factors, invasive. I do believe everyone’s experience and bodies are different.

  57. jill

    November 12, 2013 - 8:56 pm
    Reply

    i had my 3rd hsg in 10 years this one says there is an unusualdouble density contour of the endometrial cavity what does this mean?

    • jill

      November 12, 2013 - 8:57 pm
      Reply

      this was by far the most painful i have had 2 laparoscopys and a hystoscopy this was the worst pain i have a 16 month old got pregnant 1st month in a research study femara w/ trigger and IUI

  58. kathi

    November 13, 2013 - 2:17 pm
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    I had an HCG yesterday, and had some intense cramping. It went down after the procedure. the tech had issues locating my cervix, it was what she called shy, so it took several attempts to get it situated properly before she inserted the catheter. I did have some spotting yesterday, but had intercourse last night, will that cause an issue? I am still spotting and pretty crampy today, is this normal or should I be concerned? I am sure the intercourse last night did not help with the crampiness.

  59. Rachel

    November 19, 2013 - 4:42 pm
    Reply

    I had my HSG this morning. As per directed by my doctor I took 2 Aleeve an hour prior the procedure. I guess it did help since I experienced only very mild discomfort (no worse that what I normally experience on annual exam). The problem is that after 3-4 attempt the doctor advised me that he could not access to my uterine cavity. He told me that the fertility clinic would call me to book a different test. I’m at lost… Why couldn’t the doctor access the uterine cavity? Any idea what that next test will be?

  60. Cynthia

    November 20, 2013 - 2:48 pm
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    I had a HSG done yesterday morning in Rockville. I was really worried going into it because of all the negative comments regarding the pain but am happy to report that it was painless and over pretty quickly. The PA and xray tech were really comforting, and informed me of everything they were doing, and it was over before I realized. Thanks to the PA and xray tech for making it quick and painless!

  61. MUNIRA

    November 27, 2013 - 1:55 pm
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    Hi, I got my HSG Test done today. Though it was not very painful. I felt very weak for the rest of the day.
    My report says
    1. Uterine cavity is normal in shape and size.
    2. No filling defects are seen.
    3. Right Fallopian Tube is patent.
    4. Spill Out seen on right side.
    5. No E/o Spill out seen on left side.
    6. Left Tubal Block.
    Need your advise if every thing is fine or If I need a operation.

  62. MUMA

    December 8, 2013 - 8:31 pm
    Reply

    Hi, I also got my HSG but nothing showed on my left tube as well. I will also appreciate any feedback/advise on this regard.

  63. Tanya

    December 9, 2013 - 10:53 am
    Reply

    I had hsg twice the pain was so severe and i had overbleeding problem for a week.
    And next time my doc adviced me to take another hsg, but i took test with anaesthesia.
    Need advice are there any other ways of opening blocked fallopian tubes.

  64. Von

    December 10, 2013 - 4:36 am
    Reply

    I have been trying to conceive since 2005 and have been unsuccessful. I had an HSG done in December 2009, and all went well. I had mild cramping during the procedure but both tubes were open. I even had time to lay on the xray table as the doctor did the procedure to watch as the fluid went through. Unfortunately I have not conceive, so I went back in to have second HSG completed today! I have been taking clomid for the last 3 cycles with no luck. My u/s confirms that I am ovulating, however I am still not pregnant. I had a chemical pregnancy in May 2012, as well as an additional chemical pregnancy/possibly ectopic in May 2013. Getting pregnant doesnt seem to be the issue, its mostly getting the baby through the tubes to implant into the uterus. Anywho.. I went in for my 2nd HSG today and my experience was traumatic!!!! They had trouble putting in the speculum, and after they finally got it in… I was in intense pain during the procedure. I was in so much pain that I was screaming and crying on the table. The doctor said that it would only take 90 seconds, and as they twisted and turned my body for me, they did not let me look at the screen or take time to let the dye go through. They snapped about 5 different pics and they took it out. Im not sure if this is normal, or if it is something that they did because I was in so much pain. The results showed that my left tube is clear, however my right tube looked completely blocked. Could this possibly have been from a spasm due to all of the intense pain? Are there times when this test is wrong? Also, most importantly, is it normal to not give the dye time to push through. This experience was the complete opposite from my last experience, and I am now even more confused that I was before I went in. PLEASE HELP! :(

  65. Gary

    December 10, 2013 - 7:20 am
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    Hi Shady Grove,
    My wife wants to get this HSG done, but she’s the one suggesting it, her gynee said it doesn’t need to be done yet and it could wait; but my wife is impatient, it’s only ybeen about 6 months since we’ve been trying with a half-decent frequency.
    I read somewhere that by exposing your ovaries to radiation, there’s always a chance that your eggs (or some of them) can get messed up DNA, which can result in a child with genetic abnormalities, a reason why doctors sometimes try to avoid this test.
    How much truth do you think there is to this? If you don’t mind also emailing your response to me at gsidhu29@hotmail.com, that would be much appreciated!
    Thanks!
    Gary

  66. Shannon

    December 16, 2013 - 9:05 pm
    Reply

    Just had an HSG today and it was a piece of cake. The doctor even had to mess with the speculum to get my uterus properly aligned and he had to switch catheters too. I don’t think I felt a thing! Maybe a small amount of pressure. I did, however, take 800mg of ibuprofen about an hour and half before the procedure. They did not numb me at all either. I was worried for nothing!

  67. Tonya

    December 18, 2013 - 2:19 pm
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    I had a HSG done in Nov. My period had started that morning, so i called my dr. office to see if they could still do the test they said yes ( I live over a hour away). So i went to the hospital and when i went to have the test i asked again if it was ok that i had started my period, and the ladies said yes it could be done. well they said both of my tubes where blocked. :( So they referred me to Martha Jefferson, i went to my appointment and seen the dr. he seems to think that the test is wrong, and wants me to do the test again. then i tell him that i had started my period that morning i had the test and he he said that they shouldn’t have even gave me to test b/c of my period. If i had clots that could have pushed them up through my tubes. So now in January i have to have another test done at Martha Jefferson. Its just a very stressful thing. Good luck everyone!

  68. Veronica

    December 28, 2013 - 5:19 am
    Reply

    Why would a doctor recommend HSG? I am having a child on my own, using Donor sperm. That what the RE told would be my next step, then go forward with ICI procedure.

  69. Pril

    January 22, 2014 - 8:25 pm
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    I had one of these test done over the fall. friends have told me that it was painful another one said it wasn’t.
    a lot of people said it was the dye that hurt them.
    Well i have 1 fully blocked tube and another that is half blocked.
    the dye didn’t bother me. the blowing up the balloon to a number 3 .. i was sweating and almost pasted out from the pain. i watched them push the dye through but i honestly couldn’t wait for them to finish. they nurses were nice to get me a wash cloth but they made me stay there on the table for a 15 minutes after they were done due to me being light headed.
    i know everyone is different but anyone getting the balloon cath well dilation of the cervix isn’t painless. I wish i would of known ahead of time i could of taken something prior. i admire those who can do this test painless.

  70. Marianne

    January 25, 2014 - 1:19 am
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    When is this procedure usually done? I’ve been reading it should be done after your period, but my doctor is insisting of doing it during my ovulation week. Is this normal?
    Thank you for this article for I am incredibly nervous about this procedure bc of what you said, all my friends told me how horrible it is.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      January 25, 2014 - 5:25 pm
      Reply

      Hi Marianne – Typically, we try to schedule an HSG between days 5 and 10 of your cycle, sometimes to day 12, which would take you up to a few days prior to ovulation. Patients definitely express of range of experiences when having after their HSG – some it goes smoothly and therefore no more pain than some cramping, others, especially if there is some blockage, do experience a some pain. Although it may be as helpful as a nurse saying to relax when she is about to give you a shot in your arm, but the same theory applies, try to relax and not be overwhelmed by the procedure. It will give your physician valuable information. I hope all goes smoothly.
      We have more info online at: https://www.shadygrovefertility.com/hysterosalpingogram-hsg

  71. Latrice

    January 27, 2014 - 5:55 pm
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    Can an.Hsg make you miss your period. I had one done January 3 on cd11 and af was due 3 days ago and I had 2 neg test and no symptoms could I possibly still be preg or i cycle off due to the test

  72. geetha

    March 5, 2014 - 2:23 pm
    Reply

    hi
    does hsg test affect my kidneys?because i am diagnosed with ig a nephropathy last year,now trying to conceive,Dr told to take this test,can i ?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      March 5, 2014 - 4:56 pm
      Reply

      Hi Geetha – I would have a follow-up conversation with your nurse/physician to double check that all is well with the the test. Make sure to go over the details of your diagnosis to determine the best course of action.

  73. Julie

    March 8, 2014 - 7:29 am
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    I had my HSG exam two days ago. For the last two nights I have just not been able to fall asleep! I’m exhausted and kind of revved up like during the day. It’s almost like I am having symptoms of ovulation (I always get insomnia and a little nervous energy when I ovulate) but it’s nit time for me to be ovulating. I’ve researched all around online and don’t see anything about insomnia being a side effect of the HSG..is it a stretch to think the procedure is somehow related?

  74. Kastin

    March 22, 2014 - 8:46 pm
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    I had an HSG done on CD 11. The morning of my testing I took a home OPK test and it said I was ovulating. I took one the day before and it was negative. I took another OPK the day after the test and it was negative. Did the HSG test kill my follicle or disrupt my ovulation?

  75. anna

    April 3, 2014 - 6:41 pm
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    Does anyone know if it is ok to fly on the same day as having a HSG? I have a morning appointment but am due to fly in the evening of the same day?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      April 3, 2014 - 7:45 pm
      Reply

      Hi Anna – Great question. You can absolutely fly the same day as your HSG.

  76. Avra

    April 8, 2014 - 5:23 pm
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    Hi! I am reading so much stuff about HSG, will be having one in 2 days and am terrified and have an important question.. My situation is that I suffered an ectopic pregnancy two years ago and suffered a ruptured tube, had to have immediate surgery to remov it and suffered massive internal bleeding. I had gotten depo shots until my last one 10 months ago. Last month I had a chemical miscarriage. My periods are a little irregular but I had only started getting them 2 months ago. I have been doing home ovulation tests to monitor my cycle. This morning I had a spike on the test and unprotected sex before testing. Is it safe for me to have this test now? It’s scheduled for two days from now. I am so nervous (almost panicking) and praying that my remaining tube is okay.. Thanks in advanced for any advice!!

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    April 9, 2014 - 12:30 am
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    April 9, 2014 - 6:35 pm
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  79. kaylee

    April 24, 2014 - 9:12 am
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    I had an hsg done two days ago. Not to scare anyone but mine was excrutiatingly painful. I was never told to take anything for the pain beforehand. When I got to the hospital the girl assisting the doctor asked if I was told anything about the procedure. I said not a lot. She explained that for a small percentage of people it is very painful but for most it is like mild menstruation cramps. Well I get very severe cramps and this was much worse. I was moaning and telling them I couldn’t stand it. They kept telling me to breathe through and concentrate on my breathing. They were also telling me to try and relax. I grabbed the xray machine right above me at one point. I was sweating and felt like I was delirious. My body was shaking and my lips were quivering. I have gone through labor and compare it to the pain I felt at some points during that. The insertion of equipment was fine, it was the injection of the dye. I do have one blocked tube and they said that is the reason for the extreme pain. It definitely hurt worse on the side that was blocked but it hurt on both sides. I took forever getting ready in the bathroom afterwards due to feeling sick and confused or out of it. The lady asked if I was alright. I barely made it to the vehicle afterwards. I was as white as a sheet and felt like vomiting. I laid in the car for two hours before I felt I could drive myself home. Please be advised I would take pain medication several hours prior and have someone come with you that can drive in case you have an experience like mine. I also cramped all day and rhe next day. I got achy legs and back like I do during menstruation. I bled for that day, yesterday, and still somewhat today. I was told by my partner that I seemed different the last two days and I feel like an insomniac today. I also started sweating instantly and skin felt soaked when procedure was over. If they tell me they would like to do another I don’t think I could stand it. Does anyone know if a laproscopy is the next step?

  80. kaylee

    April 24, 2014 - 9:49 am
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    Is it normal to not be able to sleep a couple of days after an hsg. I normally fall asleep no problem by midnight. It is four in the morning and I feel wide awake and agitated. I did drink coffee in the evening but I often do and it was only one cup. Let me know if insomnia is a side effect and how long will it last.

  81. Danielle

    May 22, 2014 - 4:03 am
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    I had a HSG today. I was super nervous but the X-ray tech was so great and so was the doc. I definitely had cramping but it was over fairly quickly. He said everything looked good and no blockages. So that was great news! So now we are to the next step in figuring out why we haven’t conceived.

  82. GraceAnderson

    May 23, 2014 - 9:23 pm
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    I just had a HSG performed today but I have to wait until Tuesday to see my doctor. I had my right tube and ovary removed since 2007 due to cyst. During the test I saw the iodine spill on one side which I do believe it was my left side tube. Am I supposed to see the iodine spill on both side even with the right tube and ovary absent? I only had the doctor mentioned that everything looks good. I was wondering if it’s normal for the iodine to spill only one side since I only have one tube. Please, I’m very anxious and can’t wait till next week. Otherwise, the test went smooth with very minor cramps and spotting afterwards. Thanks

  83. gladys

    May 30, 2014 - 9:21 pm
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    Hi, had hsg three days ago. It was painless and quick. Result read: uterine cavity is normal. Fallopian tube show peritoneal spill. Venous intravasation of contrast. Please can someone explain”venous intravasation of contrast”. We have been trying for 5years. Thanks. Nelineli

  84. unlucky

    July 11, 2014 - 10:17 pm
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    Hi, so after reading all of these in pretty nervous.. sounds like it’s pain full and piibtless. I only have one tube and I have had two ectopics.,, I’m not going to get my hopes up.. seems like it didn’t really help anyone.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      July 12, 2014 - 10:42 am
      Reply

      HSGs can be very useful in determining if there are blockages in the tubes. While yes, it can be painful especially when there is a blockage, it is an essential part of the fertility work up for women. Talk to your nurse about taking over the counter pain medication prior to the procedure to limit any discomfort.

  85. Tara R.R.

    July 14, 2014 - 4:27 pm
    Reply

    I had an HSG and Pelvic Sonogram done last month. Sonogram was ok. HSG showed Obstructed non-visible left fallopian tube. Left ovary, Right ovary and fallopian tube were Normal.
    My GYN told me I can keep trying, but before my next period to return to her, to start Clomid.
    Can i still get pregnant naturally, without Clomid?

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  87. Michelle

    July 22, 2014 - 2:54 pm
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    I had the HSG test yesterday and it was definitely more painful then I expected but tolerable and within an hour, any discomfort subsided. But then an hour or so later I started to get an achy and very uncomfortable dull pain all through my abdomen, not like cramping. It’s been 24 hrs since I had the test and while the pain is less than it was at it’s worst last night, it’s still very much there. I’m wondering what this might be and if I should go to a hospital. Per the doctor, everything was fine according to the test; uterus fine, tubes not blocked.

  88. Adeolu Adesiyakan

    July 23, 2014 - 8:13 am
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    My wife had her second HSG procedure yesterday. The first time, she says was not painful but more uncomfortable, doctor diagnosed tubal blockage. Yetetday, due to a change in our MD, another HSG procedure was carried out on her, I could hear scream from the waiting room, it was so scary. From what I have read from the experiences of others, I really hope the tubes have been cleared from the pressure of the dye, which I believe caused the excruciating pain.

  89. Megan

    July 26, 2014 - 12:37 pm
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    Thanks so much for posting this. It was really comforting to me before I went to my HSG yesterday. I took 800 mg of ibuprofen and hardly felt anything – maybe a teeny bit of cramping during and occasionally during the day after. It was very easy. I feel badly for people who suffered with this but wanted to say that not everyone has this experience!

  90. Danielle

    August 1, 2014 - 11:45 pm
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    I had a hsg done today. I was fore warned by my mother that it was going to be a painful experience. She had the procedure done 38 yrs ago. I must say she was right. I was advised to take antibiotics the day before, the day of, and the day after to help prevent any kind of infection. In addition, I was told to take a 600 MG ibuprofen. The procedure was quick but I did experience pain during the insertion of the cath and when the dye was injected. My tubes were not blocked, however if I ever have to get another hsg I would definitely take a higher dose of ibuprofen. In addition, I am having light spotting and still feel slight cramping. Hope this info is helpful.

  91. knight

    August 22, 2014 - 6:15 am
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    going for HSG over the weekend, thanks for sharing your experiences and your advices. i am going in for a second one.
    anyone to wish me good luck!!

  92. sara

    August 29, 2014 - 5:49 pm
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am not sure exactly how to start.. I started to harbor ucla for my Hsg test 2 days ago and I went trought a severe pain. I tolerate a lot, but the painful procedure made me cry at last. 6 doctors tried to insert equipment, but they failed. Now my question is if it was reasonable for them to remove and insert equipment again and again and ignore my screaming and pain? I felt like I was a non living thing for them..they were not even sorry …should i complaint about them?

  93. Angela G

    September 13, 2014 - 6:36 pm
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    I went for HSG not understanding it was going to be a painful experience or the reality of there being complications. My nurse never informed me to take a pain reliever before going and the Dr never prescribed any antibiotic. The assumption must be that we would prepare ourselves through self education. I was told to expect a mild cramping from the dye solution being introduced. As a person with a moderate to high pain tolerance I laid back following the instructions. I am not one to scream out in pain but I truly felt close to passing out and stated several times how painful this was going. The tech continued asking me to breath through the pain. It was excruciating. She found a blockage on the left fallopian tube then proceeded to insert an additional tube and fluid to try to push open the tube. Why couldn’t they stop and allow me time for pain medication or something to help me get through this. I was in so much pain but the nurses and tech talked like this was nothing new and that I must not have much of a pain thresh hold. After the procedure she started showing me the slides as I was still complaining of pain nausea and finally dizziness. They had me lay back down and became concerned at that point because of my blood pressure. The staff should fully explain this test much more in depth to every patient. It obviously differs from patient to patient but if you happen to have a blockage it more than likely will be painful. It has been 3 days I continue to have cramping and heavy bleeding at this point no fever so I’m to continue to monitor myself. My procedure was carried out by a very warm, friendly staff at the Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. This is my experience so far and I felt while it was fresh and I’m hunting for my own answers I would educate others. Be prepared, take a pain reliever, and speak up when something doesn’t feel right. I’m disappointed in myself for not educating myself of this test before I had it but most importantly with the staff for not doing the same. I was signed up for so many tests I was just trying to check them off before my meeting with the Dr. Now I’m facing a weekend emergency visit to the clinic or emergency room.

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  96. jennifer kano

    September 26, 2014 - 11:54 am
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    I had this test done and have had pain for a few days now and now I am bleeding is that normal to have brown blood mixed with normal color should I go to the obgyn not sure what to do

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      September 26, 2014 - 12:16 pm
      Reply

      Hi Jennifer – Spotting for a few days after an HSG is not uncommon. But if you are still experiencing any pain, then please reach out to your primary nurse to make an assessment.

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        December 19, 2014 - 8:57 pm
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  98. Maryjane

    October 14, 2014 - 5:30 pm
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    How often can one do the HSG test? Like how many times in a year?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      October 14, 2014 - 6:39 pm
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      Hi Maryjane – Typically, patients only need one HSG completed. This might vary if they take a break in treatment or have other factors. But within a single year, only one test would likely be needed.

  99. MELODY CLARK

    October 27, 2014 - 1:49 pm
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    I went to get my HSG done and I was terrified. I recently had the saline sonogram and experienced cramping, which made me nervous about this procedure. The HSG was painless. I have a fibroid in my uterus and I just new that the procedure would be painful, boy was I wrong. The procedure was completed in less than 5min. The nervous a patient and walk you through the entire process. I’m scared of the slightest pinch and this procedure was PAINLESS. Please don’t be overwhelmed by the frivolous website blogs on the internet.

  100. SarahB

    October 27, 2014 - 3:52 pm
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    Hello
    I had my HSG today in the UK but don’t get the results for a couple of weeks. The people that did it were great and the only time I suffered real discomfort was because they could not get the catheter fully into my uterus and had to inflate the balloon in my cervical canal. She said not to worry and that it was just how I was made, but is that a bad sign? Why would the catheter not go fully up?,does that mean I’ll have problems conceiving? I had cramps afterwards but only for a couple of hours. I would really appreciate a response. Many thanks

  101. KristenS

    November 1, 2014 - 12:21 am
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    If a woman has trouble concieving but does concieve after an hsg test, will she most likely need to get the test done to clear out her tubes each time she tries to get pregnant in the future? My results were normal but I guess there was just build up or something. Does that build up always occur or should they stay furtile for more pregnancies?

  102. Radhika

    November 2, 2014 - 9:00 pm
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    Hi
    I had my hsg two years before. It was very painful and found my left tube blocked. After half an hour of test I came out of the clinic and my abdomen started paining and I fainted. The pain was controlled by taking pain killer. After the test there was light bleeding which lasted more than two months and did not stop even after taking many tablets. Then the stomach pain used to come every week and I used to faint. Slowly it affected the big intestine and entire pelvic region. Later I was told I have IBS and chronic pelvic pain and I was under treatment for one year. Now everything was under control for one year. Now six days before I had one more HSG where both the tubes are normal however I have started experiencing the gas blockage in intestine and pain.I would like to know does the HSG procedure or the dye used in the procedure affects the stomach or intesting. What is the relation of the procedure with the blockage of intestine.

  103. Nia

    November 7, 2014 - 9:43 pm
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    I just had mine done this morning, it was painless for the most part except for minors cramps when the dye was injected but I was waiting for this major pain because I read up on it on the internet but it wasn’t worse than a period cramp, and it was done quickly, both of my tubes were clear, I feel it was worth it

  104. sarah

    November 15, 2014 - 5:39 am
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    Hi, jst hv my HSG 3 days back, d result show the demonstration uterus has
    regular outline. The right follopia tube was delineated completely with free peritoneal spill. Only the proximal left tube demonstrated no spillage. Pls wat dose dat mean

  105. Rachel

    November 17, 2014 - 8:12 pm
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    I had the HSG on Oct 23 and today nov 17 i got my period… i am trying to have a baby and this didn’t work… what should i do?? i am so depressed and sad i cant take this any more

  106. Angela

    November 18, 2014 - 4:13 am
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    I am not a patient of SGF though I stumbled on this in a Google search for HSG. I had mine today and most of what I had read was describing a procedure I was terrified of. I have been trying to stay positive through IVF so I just kept telling myself, this is 30 minutes of your life max and then it’s done! The doctor I had informed me he has been doing these for 9 years. With all that I read, I figured this to be a good sign. It would either be painless or painful but, he would be quick! They used the wrong speculum at first. I had an intense pressure that wouldn’t allow me to relax and almost a pinching pain. They reduced the size of the speculum and again we were back on track and was only uncomfortable not painful. No one enjoys a pap. The insertion of the catheter wasn’t much different than a saline sonogram for anyone who has had one, it’s not that bad. I started to finally relax and then the catheter balloon. Every thing went to a def on pain level after that. I have no idea if the dye hurt or not. It was so painful my face turned red, I was sweating, light headed, and clutching the table. The doctors were talking and I have no clue what they said. I just remember telling them I have to move I have to do something so I was able to shift and then it was over. It was over quickly and by the time the balloon was taken care of pain was immediately relieved. I had to lay there for a moment as I thought I was going to throw up or pass out. They seem to be used to this. The nurse kept telling me to take as long as I needed and just breathe. I wasn’t in any pain I was literally catching my breath from panting. It was intensely painful but I would say it was maybe a minute of full on pain maybe two. I took the Motrin before and there was no way Motrin was going to fix that! It was again thankfully very quick. I do think doctors should be more forthcoming. I was told an intense cramp but that was shooting seething pain! It just makes you feel like like on top of being uncomfortable they are judging you and your pain threshold. I’m not a person with a low pain threshold. I’m a strong wan optionally and physically going through IVF so the docs could have at least said no that’s normal!!! I had no blockage at all and no other issues. My lady regions and tubes were all “beautiful.” I wonder if the women who never experience pain are without the balloon portion of the program?

  107. Erica

    November 21, 2014 - 1:24 am
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    I had my hsg done nov 18. It wasn’t as painful as I read. I overwhelming and scared my self by reading lots of experiences. I did take 2 Tylenol w/cod#3 an hour before the procedure. My nurses were very sweet informative in all the steps. I did fell the dye being inserted like a warm liquids filling my insides. I had a laparoscopy procedu done sept 2014 and the dr had to remove my left tube due to my appendix rupture yrs ago, and I had a very large cyst on my right ovary/fallopian tube having it blocked. So the cyst was removed.. dr told me the dye that was inserted before and after the removal of the cyst did not spill.. So it was blocked. When I had the hsg done the dr there told my my Fallopian tube did spill dye so I guess that pushed any junk or anything that was blocking it. So it’s open :))) now I will see if we make a baby .. Hope we do with only one Fallopian tube. Wish us luck. I will update.

  108. Ashley Martin

    November 25, 2014 - 3:34 pm
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    I just had this done a few hours ago . It was pretty painful. The ballon they inserted deflatted and they had to do it over again.I had normal cramping like a period. That was the painful part , it felt like someone was pulling and pinching my cervix on the inside. They told me there was no bloackage and it was spilling it out perfectly. However, my uterous in a funny location and he did a quick examination after. He said it was Inter-“something” Uterous? No idea what that means.

    Currently right now I have mild cramping in my back and my ovaries and when I get up and walk around I still have a sharp pinching feeling for a second or two than it goes away. I also have some sharp little pains in the vaginal opening.
    Hopefully I am okay.

  109. Ashley

    November 25, 2014 - 3:35 pm
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    just had this done a few hours ago . It was pretty painful. The ballon they inserted deflatted and they had to do it over again.I had normal cramping like a period. That was the painful part , it felt like someone was pulling and pinching my cervix on the inside. They told me there was no bloackage and it was spilling it out perfectly. However, my uterous in a funny location and he did a quick examination after. He said it was Inter-”something” Uterous? No idea what that means.

    Currently right now I have mild cramping in my back and my ovaries and when I get up and walk around I still have a sharp pinching feeling for a second or two than it goes away. I also have some sharp little pains in the vaginal opening.
    Hopefully I am okay.

  110. emma

    December 2, 2014 - 2:14 pm
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    Hi I had this done yesterday at 2pm at my local hospitalni took no painkillers thinking I wud be fine but it hurt like hell ill never have this done again both my tubes were blocked can any1 tell me if the dye can push through blocked tubes as none come out at all while I was there 1 was alot worse than the other xx

  111. aardrgz

    December 8, 2014 - 11:50 pm
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    My husband and I are fortunate to have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, and here lately we have been trying to expand our family. We’ve had trouble for the past year and a half TTC. So my doctor sent me to have an HSG done about three weeks ago, I seem to think I handle pain quite well. I will say if you have a low pain tolerance, it will more than likely be bothersome. I did not take anything before, and the pain for me only seemed like menstrual cycle cramps and once the procedure was over the pain was gone. The doctor who performed it told me that now was the time to try and conceive, and my question is how long will this “openess” to try last? He said everything looked healthy so we were very happy to hear this, but is it still possible even if ovulating seems to not be happening? I’m just very confused on everything, I guess since everything went so smoothly without even trying the first time, and now it gotten so complex. HELP!!!

  112. Dani

    December 16, 2014 - 3:36 pm
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    Had an HSG today, not at this specific facility. As an FYI, it was uncomfortable, however not painful. I had mild cramps for about 5 minutes after procedure. I did experience some lightheadedness and had to lay elevated for a while. Ate crackers and juice provided by the facility and started feeling better. Went to work afterwards. There is some discharge afterwards. This procedure is truly not that bad.

  113. Tina

    January 6, 2015 - 12:38 am
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    I had the HSG test done today and my experience was not what I anticipated. I thought it was going to be a quick painless procedure.. Once I was on the table , and everything was inserted I was ok. Then the dye was injected and the pain began and you have to keep still. I couldn’t wait for it to be over and finally it was and I laid there for a few minutes. Got dressed and walked to my car and was in so much pain. I had a 40 min drive in excruciating pain I was doing 80mph to get home to my pain meds. Got home and was delirious from pain . I drank some raspberry tea, took a Tylenol and put a heating pad on and stayed in bed. This is just my experience and I’m sure everyone is going to go through something different. Spillage !!

    • Amanda

      August 12, 2015 - 3:55 pm
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      I was told not to drive after!!!

  114. Myra

    January 6, 2015 - 7:56 pm
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    I had the HSG procedure done about an hour ago and I must say it wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact, honestly, it was quite painless for me. It was similar togetting an annual pap smear, minus the dye being injected. My test was normal and my tubes were open, no blockage. I hadn’t read any blog sites prior to the procedure, and I’m very glad that I didn’t. From reading some of the comments, you would freak yourself out. Every woman’s body is different, therefore our bodies will react differently. I don’t want everyone reading and thinking this test is so HORRIFIC, when it wasn’t. It was really quick.

  115. Jasmin

    January 14, 2015 - 8:03 pm
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    hi I have a question and really hope you can help and answer! I’ve been trying to concieve for 6 years now in 2013 I found out I had chlamydia and I didn’t know about it I must have had it for about two years cause that’s how long it had been since my last papsmere.. My question is do I have any chance of my tubes still being open??? I have an hsg appointment next week and I’m going crazy thinking about it !!!

  116. Mallory

    January 24, 2015 - 8:11 pm
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    I freaked myself out about the hsg procedure after reading others’ experiences online. I know everyone is different but just wanted to share that my experience was definitely “wow, that was not so bad”. It didn’t hurt at all going in and then i felt a little bit of pain on the right side, not so much a sharp pain but more just pressure. It was certainly not unbearable and I just kept thinking about how much I wanted a baby and that once I get pregnant, any discomfort I have to go through will be worth it. I left the office feeling silly for worrying so much about the procedure. Afterwards, I felt fine- drove myself home and even stopped by the grocery store. The nurse and np were really nice and talked to me throughout it and about what to expect. They said that most (not all) people have experiences like mine- slightly painful/uncomfortable but not too bad. it is unusual to have excruciating pain. So if you have one of these tests scheduled, my advice is to not worry too much about it. It was no big deal for me and hopefully will be the same for you. Best of luck!

  117. Angie

    February 2, 2015 - 6:39 pm
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    I’ve had this test and it was not painful at all. But my question is, my test showed no scars or blocked Fallopian tubes. Everything was normal. Does that decrease my chances of having an ectopic pregnancy? I’m pregnant now and I’m terrified of having one or a miscarriage.

  118. Enza

    February 12, 2015 - 12:28 am
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    I had the procedure done yesterday and it WAS PAINFUL. I almost past out, and felt like I was going to vomit. I wish I would have been given more of a warning. Luckily, my husband drove me, but I was orginally planning on going by myself. As painful as it was, I am still glad I had it done.

    • Anna

      August 24, 2015 - 6:59 pm
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      Hi Enza,

      I was wondering… Did you take any pain killers before the procedure? I was advised to take Ibuprofen but I’m wondering if I should take something stronger like Vicodin …

  119. Jasmine

    February 18, 2015 - 8:17 pm
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    I have the HSG procedure on Friday which will be on my 10th day from my periods. I am bit worried if this procedure will effect ovulation this month.My doctor advised me to take 600mg of Ibuprofen an hour before the test as she mentioned they will be slight discomfort.

  120. Nnamdi

    February 25, 2015 - 11:13 am
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    I ve been going through comments; quit helpful. my wife and I have been trying to conceive for over a year now. I am very worried about the pain and cost. I live in Africa. thanks for all the tips

  121. ana

    February 27, 2015 - 5:55 pm
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    I had this test done early this week, and I had watched and read a lot of stories on how painful this procedure was. needless to say that I was terrified once I got to the hospital to get the test done. The nurses were really nice and the Dr. explained everything. The test was not painful at all I had worked myself up for nothing. I’m sure everyone is different but what I did was took 3 Aleve’s an hour before the procedure and didn’t feel a thing. I guess I was blessed with a good Dr

  122. kris

    February 28, 2015 - 12:04 am
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    First off i would like to say, no the hsg does not hurt if your tubes are not blocked, or possibly if you have had children. All I felt was the cold dye going in. And a little pressure from the speculum. Aside from that I had more pain from a paper cut. And I just had this procedure done Feb 25, 2015.

  123. Daniella Paul

    March 25, 2015 - 3:08 pm
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    I will start by saying I didn’t have it done at Shady Grove Fertility. But I had my HSG test yesterday and it was a horrible experience. Friends that have gone through it had different advise, one said it was not painful at all, two said it was terrible and another said it was a mild cramp.
    Humans have different pain tolerance and it should be monitored by the doctors.
    My ob/gyn told me to take 800mg ibuprofen one hour before since he knew I am sensitive. Well, I can say that they should have given me harder drugs. The pain was so bad I had to tell the doctor to stop for a second, couldn’t even breath. I was so dizzy!
    I decided to continue (the doctor and the assistant were so supportive and nice) since I didn’t want to start over or mess it up.
    Result: nothing was blocked!
    So, the pain was not related to a blockage.
    I would advise to tell your doctor you are sensitive to pain, if you are. My dose was not enough and seriously I was close to pass out and throw up. At the end I was shaking and cold as ice.
    They waited untill I was stable to let me go but still had to drive home. Had a 4hr nap afterwards.
    Doctors, please treat each patient as unique. Every woman is different.

  124. jae

    April 3, 2015 - 2:00 am
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    i hear many women complain about the hsg test, however i understand that everyone experience is different , i too was a lil aprehensive about getting the test at first. but after the technician and the doctor walked me through the process i was ok, however only thing that was uncomfortable was when the dr inserted the dye through my tubes. other than that it wasn’t bad at all and it lasted only 5min. I’ve read some comments where the experiences were bad. luckily me i had of of the best dr’s in nj perform mine. i said if i want to have a baby knowing how painful that experience be i can bare with 5mins of pain. so ladies everyone experience is different and jus think if ur goal is to utimatiely have a baby its all worth it in the end. hope my experience help someone get through it. Just think if u can bare cramps monthly this procedure is nothing. BEST WISHES ALL MY DIVA’S!!!

  125. Elisa

    April 26, 2015 - 10:54 pm
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    I had a HSG on April 2, following the arrival of AF on March 28. I calculated my OD as April 16 and BD on April 13 and 14. HSG revealed that I had no blockage and all looked great. I have been off of BC for approx. 1 year and hoping to get a BFP. I have to say that the procedure was very painful IMO. The catheter was a bit more uncomfortable than your average pap smear, but when the dye was injected, I cursed like a sailor and tugged on my hair. The pain was not at all gradual, but rather quick and very painful. I felt like I was going to pass out, but tried to stay calm and focused on my breathing. I did take antibiotics and pain pills prior to, but I felt the pain meds were not helpful (OTC Ibuprofen). I am hoping that I am pregnant, but waiting to see if AF arrives on her due date of April 29 and I will take it from there. I have heard the HSG makes you “super fertile” so I am hoping it was all worth it.

  126. Harshita

    April 28, 2015 - 7:01 am
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    Hi,

    I am scheduled to go for an HSG test tomorrow. My question is what precautions should be taken before and after the HSG test. At the HSG clinic that I will undergo the test, I have been advised to wear cotton cloths and be accompanied with someone(not to travel alone) are there any other precautions that need to be taken.

  127. Ashley

    April 29, 2015 - 11:23 pm
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    So just had my Hsg test done a few hours ago.
    Like all of you ladies i read a million comments
    To know what to expect. So its a painful procedure
    But its super quick! I felt a lot of pressure when they
    Make you turn to the left & right.
    I was nervous when i felt pain because i had reAd that
    Is when the tubes are blocked. But thankfully that was not the case
    They were both clear :)

    So my advice is to not stress out its going
    To be super quick! And take advil & a nap after:)

    • Jennifer K

      June 5, 2015 - 3:01 pm
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      I just had an HSG performed today (6/5/15.) To be honest, it was quick and not as bad as I thought it would be. You will feel cramping, and when the dye goes in it feels somewhat uncomfortable but it is not as bad as you will read online. Of course, everybody is different and pain levels are different as well. A tip I would give is to bring your ipod or music device while this test is being performed, to detract you from what is going on. Try to breath and relax your muscles. Know that it will feel like a period cramp that you have felt before. If you say a prayer and relax the test will be done before you know it.If you can have someone go with you for emotional support I would recommend this. It’s nice to talk to someone about the procedure afterwards. Also, after the test you will see a little spotting and discharging and it will feel a little sore but nothing out of control. I hope this helps whoever, may have this pending.

  128. stephanie

    June 9, 2015 - 2:07 am
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    I had the precedure do e about 9 months ago. Doc said my tubes were “glazed over” and he was able to push thru and open them up. I got pregnant the very next cycle but lost her at 20 weeks. We’ve been trying ever since and my question is….could they have glazed over again? Is it possible that I might need the precedure again?

  129. Jenn

    June 13, 2015 - 10:38 am
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    I just got the Hsg test done yesterday. I had read some of the above comments and was scared to death. I know everyone tolerates pain differently, however I am pretty much a wimp with pain. However it was not bad. I have endometrios and vulodynia and the only thing I felt is a little pressure when they insert the speculum and then the same cramping I get during periods while the dye is inserted. It lasts a whole 5 min.

  130. Marie Thibaud

    June 16, 2015 - 3:13 am
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    I agree no woman supposed to have that test done without some sort of anesthesia, I did it the first time last July I passed out behind the weel, I could not breathing, my legs were completely numb, my mouth was dry so I drove to the closest ER because I could not speak the could not really gave me care until I was mumbling the words and told them I just came from an appointment and that’s what I had done so they called my Doctor and start to gave me care.My boyfriend tought I

  131. Marie Thibaud

    June 16, 2015 - 4:44 am
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    My boyfriend tought I was going to die that day, it was like someone sticks a knife inside of me but truth was I had a blocked felopian tube filed with fluid that why it was so painful but you have open Tubes and no scars tissues it wont be too bad because I only had the pain in the side that the tube was blocked. I did it again last Thursday and did hurt me for the whole day and was limping in one side but first time was horrible, I rather do a surgery than do that test again.

  132. Marie

    June 30, 2015 - 6:26 pm
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    Just got home from the HSG…the verdict is in!! It was an easy and not so uncomfortable procedure!! I must say- I read a lot on line and I was afraid! I had so much anxiety- I fell into tears and my mom came with me to the hospital. The doctor explained everything. It was just like a pap test. There was one moment where I felt that crampy feeling like I was going to start my period….and the doc immediately said, “The cramping you feel means I have it in the right spot.” Then about two minutes later- finished. I did not have blockage- and this may be why it was so easy.

    No need to be afraid or stressed out. It was more embarrassing than painful! What we will do for children!!

  133. Kristyn

    July 8, 2015 - 2:24 am
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    I had my first and hopefully only HSG test today (not at SG). I was told it can be painful for some women but not really for most. I was not advised to take any pain medication in advance. I did not do any prior research either. I went in thinking it will probably be uncomfortable and maybe hurt a little but no big deal. The speculum, cervical cleansing, and catheter insertion was uncomfortable but not painful. When the balloon (in your uterus at this point, people tend to leave this part out) was inflated it was intensely painful. I yelled out and cursed which I never do it hurt so bad. I caught my breath before the dye was injected. That too was extremely painful. And I was told everything was open and clear. So just because you don’t have a blockage doesn’t mean it will be “relatively painless”. Perhaps if the doctor inflates and injects slowly and gently it would not be so excruciating. It’s probably a lot about technique and pre-care.

  134. jennifer

    July 16, 2015 - 4:36 pm
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    Hi,

    I just had my hsg done and it was pretty uncomfortable. Nothing unbearable, though. My dr found that with the left fallopian tube the iodine went through a little but not much and the right one looked partially blocked. The iodine went in but in his words “it looked stuck in there”. My uterus is also “flexed”. I go back to speak to him about the xray next month and am pretty anxious about what he thinks. Does anyone know if the iodine helped push through the “gunk” in a partially blocked fallopian tube? He did say it could be scar tissue but isnt sure. One of the nurses did say that my left tube could have be spasmed which is why the iodine wouldnt really through. Any advice would help.

  135. Alyssa

    July 20, 2015 - 1:37 pm
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    Just had my HSG this morning. Let me first start off by saying that every woman’s experience with this test is probably different, but mine was extremely unpleasant and painful. The 800mg ibuprofen I took beforehand may as well have been sugar pills. And I am sad to say that the nurse who did the procedure was downright rude. She got very impatient with me when I kept saying it hurt. The third time, she barked at me that it shouldn’t hurt, implying that I was overreacting. Then she told me to try to relax into the bed and take a deep breath. So I started to do that, but a half a second later, she yelled at me that she needed an answer now as to whether I wanted to stop the procedure. Luckily, it went pretty quickly after that, and everything looked normal – no blockages.

    I agree with previous posters that they should not downplay the potential pain as much. Although I’m sure the procedure goes fine for many woman, I don’t think those of us who experience a lot of pain should be made to feel like we’re in a tiny little insignificant minority. And a little patience on the part of the nurse would definitely have been welcomed…

  136. Janeen Streeter

    July 21, 2015 - 10:55 pm
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    Someone PLEASE help me understand. I have been crying uncontrollably all day today – thinking…”If I fainted during a simple HSG procedure, then how could I ever get through childbirth??”
    I had the HSG done today. Mid-procedure, I told the doc I thought I was going to faint. It went downhill FAST. When I was told to roll over to my left, I passed out. When I came to, he barely gave me time to recover and proceeded to explain that there was a complete blockage on the left side. OF COURSE THERE WAS, DUDE….because that ovary & tube was removed a few years ago (an ovarian cyst destroyed the left side). No one gave him an update about this?! (Every doctor I saw at this hospital had it on record…and I wasn’t asked prior to the HSG.)
    I’m hearing from other stories that if there is a blockage, more women have problems, like sickness and fainting. Was this my problem? If the doc knew prior to the HSG, would he have inserted less dye, knowing that there wasn’t a ‘testable’ left side?
    Someone please help to explain. I never underestimated my strength as a woman until now…and I feel like a complete and utter failure. I am shredded…and crying and bleeding and feeling sick along with other symptoms post-HSG. Please – anyone enlighten me?? :(

    • KK

      September 10, 2015 - 11:35 pm
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      Janeen, everyone experiences these things differently, so I recommend not trying to take some larger lesson from this experience… it just was what it was. Yes, most likely you experienced more pain due to the blocked tube, but I’m not sure there is anything the doctor could have done differently, except maybe insert dye more slowly, but maybe he did and it was just going to hurt when it tried to go down the blocked side no matter what. Presumably they did the test to check the other tube?

      Anyway, don’t worry, and don’t try to compare this to labor & childbirth. That is a very different experience with a different process, different motivations, and you will have gone through preparatory classes to help you understand and prepare for that (I assume and strongly suggest). It is just not the same. AND, if you find labor unmanageable with education and support (like a doula), pain medications are an option for most people. There is time to prepare for all of that later, so you can let it go for now and know you are enough.

  137. Angela

    July 24, 2015 - 6:05 pm
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    I decided that I would refrain from reading any patient experiences on having and HSG done, prior to my procedure. The last time I did that about a test I worried myself into a frenzy. And all too often, the people who have positive experiences arent as driven to post.

    I had my HSG done today. Totally painless. The speculum was probably the most uncomfortable part of the exam. And while my test did show normal flow (and probably part of the reason things went smoothly) it was a walk in the park compared to what I had pictured in my mind after reading some of the posts above. Not that I’m doubting their experience- mine was just very different.

  138. Shanel

    August 3, 2015 - 5:03 pm
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    I just had the test done today. My test was normal (no blockage). I was extremely nervous because I was told to take Advil before hand and when the nurse explained to me what steps are going to be made during the test and the cramping, I was horrified. But, it turned out to be not so bad. I did have cramping and couldn’t wait for it to be over (Only because I was scared and was anticipating more pain which I never felt). But the cramping was bareable and it was much better than my menstrual cramps. I had an ectopic pregnancy several years ago and lost one tube. I’m relieved to know my remaining tube is normal. I would take the HSG again hands down if needed.

  139. Maxine

    August 5, 2015 - 5:55 pm
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    I just had my HSG test today in Cambridge, UK. I was extremely nervous after reading reviews of how painful the test could be but I have to say it wasn’t nearly as bad as some people have said so please don’t be nervous about this test. I know it is different for everyone but for me it was basically like a smear test. I couldn’t feel the tube being inserted and I had very minor cramping that lasted for a few minutes. I was shown my results right afterwards which was great. Best thing to do is just to relax, take deep breaths and think that about it just being like a smear.

  140. Amanda

    August 12, 2015 - 3:47 pm
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    I had it done today, and like most women, read the horror stories beforehand. It was not bad for me at all!!! A pinch opening my cervix, and mild cramping, but it was fine. I told myself “I had a baby, I can do this!”. The reason I had it done is because we have not been able to conceive again.

  141. Courtney

    August 13, 2015 - 1:39 am
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    I just had mine done today. I was completely freaking out after reading about so many other’s experiences, so I wanted to share mine. I was so incredibly tense going into this, that I knew I would feel everything more intensely than if I had gone into it relaxed. I felt a slight pinching sensation during the catheter insertion. When they inflated the bladder/balloon I felt a slightly more intense pinching sensation, but it quickly went away. I think I had some very mild cramping during the dye spill, but it could have easily just been my stomach turning thinking about the pain I was anticipating to come. The dye very quickly went through my left tube and spilled, but it never went through my right. The doctor said she did not think it was because of a blockage but because it went so quickly through my left tube (about 30 seconds), but we aren’t sure. Point of my story is – please take the horror stories with a grain of salt. People are always more likely to tell about bad experiences they had than good or ‘ok’ experiences. Most likely you will feel very little discomfort.

  142. Andres Knutson

    August 24, 2015 - 6:43 am
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  143. Jessica

    September 1, 2015 - 2:43 am
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    I had this test a few days ago at the Rockville facility. I had worked myself up for nothing. The test went perfectly with minor discomfort, and everyone was kind and patient with me. Thanks Shady Grove!

  144. Robbie's

    September 6, 2015 - 10:30 pm
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    i had my HSG Three days ago…the third time I went through the procedure.the first was terrible ,the second and the third….less painful.the third procedure was with little or no pain…I m not able to stand pains at all…infact I do not like anything touching me however I was able to endure.i think it has to do with our bodies and also the doctor performing the procedure.

  145. Monica

    September 9, 2015 - 5:53 pm
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    I had my HSG done on 8/15, CD12. I was beyond nervous because I read too much and got myself worked up. I also had a saline sono on 8/12, which for me, was WAAAAAAAAAAY WORSE than the HSG. I had my HSG and saline sono both done at Shady Grove. My HSG was done at the Rockville office. Carrie (like the lotion hee hee) and Alli performed my test. They were both so very nice and reassured me that it wouldn’t be painful…and they were right. It was painless. I also took 4 200mg ibroprofen an hour before the test. Don’t worry ladies, if you go to Shady Grove you are in good hands!!!

  146. KK

    September 10, 2015 - 11:41 pm
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    I just want to be one more person to say the procedure was no big deal for me. For those women reading this before having the HSG procedure, please remember that it is more often those who had a difficult experience who are likely to come back and post comments. Those who have a no-big-deal experience tend to just carry on with their lives and not come back to post on these forums, so you can get a wrong impression of the frequency of the very painful experience.

    I am very, very sorry for those who experienced so much more pain, cramping, fainting, etc. Like many things, different people just have different experiences. It isn’t about pain tolerance, by the way, it is about different sensations felt by different women. I have attended many, many labors/births and can promise that is true.

  147. M

    September 11, 2015 - 9:31 pm
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    I had the procedure done 2 weeks ago, with results saying all clear(whew!).
    I researched before and was definitely quite nervous due to lots of negative issues from ladies that have previously been through this before.
    If it helps anyone about to have this procedure: I am a total wimp with pain. Like, almost faint over a deep paper cut and hyperventilating over blood being drawn type wimp.
    That being said-!
    My doctor and nurse were in and out in under 10 minutes. They worked very well together and what was I doing?
    Breathing and focused on my heart rate! I zoned like I was holding position in yoga, trying to block the whole situation out.
    I did not take any OTC pain meds prior, and I will say that because of my relaxed state during the process, I had minimal cramping afterwards. Went to work 3 hours later in fact!
    Am I a superwoman? Absolutely not! My mindframe at the time was like, “Relax, you are one step closer to possibly getting pregnant at last!”. So if you are about to undergo this procedure, I encourage you to focus on the big picture and take calming breaths. Relax your abdominal area!! I truly believe this helped me. Good luck to you all!!

  148. Andrea

    September 16, 2015 - 3:35 am
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    I had an HSG last week and it was not more painful than a menstrual cramp but uncomfortable. One of my tubes has a proximal blockage and the other one is completely normal. I won’t see my Doctor until the end of the month and was wondering what the next step will be. Can it be unblocked? Or will they try to make me ovulate from the “good” side with medications?

  149. Jessica S

    September 17, 2015 - 2:38 am
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    I had an HSG done back in Oct 2010 at the age of 28. My dr said it will feel like a light menstrual cramp, but try not to grab your stomach. The cath, not so bad. The dye, another story. I actually saw stars and had the nurse not been holding my hand and talking to me, I probably would have passed out. The good news…it only lasted a few seconds, then it was over.
    I had been trying to conceive/not preventing for 10 years. My first cycle after the HSG, I hadn’t gotten pregnant and I literally gave up hope. The 2nd cycle post-HSG, my period was late, as usual, and I didn’t even think of pregnancy cause as I said, I just gave up. At 8 days late, I took a test. Low and behold, I was pregnant with my miracle. Her middle name is Hope and she just turned 4 on Sept 9th.

    We are trying for a second now. We have never used birth control, so 4 yrs we have not managed to conceive again. I will be going back to my infertility specialist in a couple weeks, and if they want to do another HSG, I would do it in a heartbeat. That little moment of pain was nothing compared to induced labor, so I’m good =) Just wanted to share my experience. Did it hurt. Yes. I had no blockages. Would I do it over. Absolutely. I don’t look forward to it, but it was not so bad that I would refuse it. After all, I finally got to fill the empty hole in my heart because of it, and for that I am forever grateful and could never say a bad word about the procedure.

  150. Chelsea

    September 28, 2015 - 2:12 pm
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    I just had the HSG test performed this morning. I took a Midol last night and another about an hour before the test. There was very minor cramping, not really painful just noticeable. There was some discomfort with the catheter going in, but it was not much different from the feelings felt with Paps.

    I read many comments online about the test and was very nervous beforehand. I had actually gone to have the test done once before and the doctor claimed my cervix was too tight. The level of stress was way too high for the level of pain associated with the test. If you take Midol beforehand, relax as much as possible during – it will be fine. A little prayer before the test put me at ease.

  151. Camille

    September 29, 2015 - 11:41 pm
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    I just had my Hsg test 9/28/15 little discomfort when the inflated the balloon more like a stiff
    menstrual cramp then a little crampy afterword. Its day 1 after today and i still have a little cramping here and there but its the process to motherhood hey i am gamed i know childbirth will be worst. Will post again hopefully when pregnant after my hsg.

  152. Courtney

    October 2, 2015 - 3:12 pm
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    I had one yesterday and no pain.. Slightly uncomfortable… A friend had one two months before mine. She wasn’t bothered by hers. Take an Advil!

  153. Sam

    October 2, 2015 - 5:54 pm
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    Ladies I went in for my hsg today. Let me tell u I was scared to death. My doc prescribed ibuprofen 600mcg and Valium to be taken before the test. I took ibuprofen at6:15 am and Valium at 6:20ish. Procedure was at 7:30. I went thinking I m going to die. I changed into hospital gown n laid on the table. Doc came n inserted the speculum. It was painful but nothing that I couldn’t handle. Valium n ibuprofen probably kicked in by then. Few pushes n tugs were there where I gasped n screamed but again nothing that I couldn’t handle. Once the instruments were set the catheter was inserted. That hurt but not very much. Then one of the instruments were taken out. I was told to lie flat n still. An X-ray machine was over my abdomen and pics were taken. Instruments removed catheter pulled out, I was done. That also hurt but not too much. I was done in less that 5 minutes. Hope this helps to the others who are thinking it’s gonna kill u. I went prepared for the worse but thankfully it didn’t come down to that. Best of luck everyone!! Oh by the way my tubes aren’t blocked so may be that’s y it didn’t hurt.

  154. dalila

    October 9, 2015 - 3:25 pm
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    i did mine a month ago it was not painfull at all.just the usual crumping any woman knows about and lasted for a few minutes.unfortuntely both of my tubes had adhesions and i have nit conceived after that month.i am wondering if i can vonceive after an hsg test that showed partial spill

  155. Jenn

    October 28, 2015 - 12:52 pm
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    I had this done yesterday and was incredibly nervous that it would be super painful (after reading this blog, and a friend telling me her experience was not pleasant either). I’m happy to report that I did not feel a thing! It was completely painless and was done in a matter of seconds. I think you should go in expecting some pain/cramping feelings (like if you’ve had really bad cramps), so that you’re not surprised if you feel something, but don’t work yourself up and stress out that it will be horrible. I took Ibuprofen an hour before the test to help relax my muscles as well. I hope that helps quell some people’s fears about this test!

  156. Mar

    November 13, 2015 - 4:03 am
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    I have had 2 hsg’s. The first was horrible. I bled 2 silver dollars. The second I was sedated. Worthless exam. Doctors blame women but it is men. Don’t do it is my recommendation. I am a nurse.

  157. zanny

    November 14, 2015 - 1:42 pm
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    I had the hsg test done 2 yrs ago. I just had a small amount of cramping nothing major. I didn’t take anything for the pain the left tube was clear and the right tube was looking like it was blocked a couple of seconds later the dye pushed through the right tube,or just feels like period cramps. long story short I found out I was pregnant the following month which ended in a mc. We’ve been trying over 3yrs. I’m thinking of getting a second test done to see if I have gunk blocking it again. I wish everybody the best of luck 😉

  158. Bebe

    November 16, 2015 - 10:05 pm
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    Hello-
    Just wanted to chime in… had an HSG done about 2 hours ago. I stressed a little bit, not because of the pain, but because I feared negative results. I went by myself and did not feel any more discomfort than an annual exam. Very slight cramping for a few seconds and then it was over. Did not take ibuprofen because I forgot, but it was recommended. Stay relaxed during the procedure. Doctors and nurse were great!

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      November 17, 2015 - 6:18 pm
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      Hi Bebe,
      Thank you for sharing your feedback and tips!

  159. Carfie

    November 21, 2015 - 3:06 am
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    I had an HSG after over a year and a half of ttc and became pregnant 2 DAYS later. Fast forward 4 years and we have been ttc for a year and a half with no luck (again) on my second round of clomid 100mg and not looking like I ovulate. Bbt pikes at cd14 but don’t get :-) on o test until CD 19/with or wo drugs. Since HSG worked once should I push for doc to do it again?

  160. yazoo

    January 24, 2016 - 6:43 pm
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    If the test is really this painful for so many women, why don’t they prescribe pain medication beforehand? I am seriously wondering this. Why? I have to schedule my HSG, and I am DONE reading these HORROR stories. To all the women who think they are “helping” by talking about pain worse than childbirth, passing out, etc – it’s NOT helpful to women who are still waiting to have the procedure done. Better advice might be: “It was painful for me – I’d suggest talking to your doctor about pain medication.” I’ll take my own advice and talk to my doctor beforehand.

    • Sandy Madison

      May 2, 2016 - 3:51 am
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      Honestly, the fear is nothing compared to the pain. I was scared too from reading these comments, but get a bunch of xanax and that can be sort of handled. The pain on the other hand, if you’re one of the unlucky ones, is not going to be remotely managed by advil. Maybe morphine would help, and that’s a big maybe. I’m glad I knew that extreme pain was a possibility before taking this test, or I would be so totally ruined by the experience I had. Instead, I know I’m not alone, and now I’m not the slightest bit concerned about giving birth.

    • Danya

      June 27, 2016 - 7:43 pm
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      Are you saying you want a blog with only positive experiences?…meaning an untrue one? If you going to take your doctor’s and your own advice then you don’t need to be reading the blog. This information is on here because these are people’s real experiences and other women want to know.

  161. Nicole

    January 25, 2016 - 8:03 pm
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    I just had me HSG done this morning and at 1st I was like, ok, not too bad, and then it became extremely painful, way worse than my period pain. But, I guess I had some scar tissue on my cervix opening that she had a tear through to get the catheter in, during that part I couldn’t help myself but to beg her to stop. luckily it only lasted a few more seconds and then the balloon and dye part wasn’t too bad, I didn’t have any blockages though. Thank goodness. I don’t think I could had handled that intense of pain much longer… makes me scared to actually get pregnant and go thru labor!! But, at least you get a baby in the end of that :) haha I’m hoping it helps us get there!

  162. Deedee16

    March 8, 2016 - 1:44 pm
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    hello everyone,
    I am about to go in for my HSG next week. I noticed everyone had brilliant results showing no blockage or one blockage which then leaves me with the question, Is the test really necessary?

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    April 15, 2016 - 10:32 am
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  164. Jessica

    May 3, 2016 - 1:53 pm
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    I had the HSG test done. My tubes were not blocked, and I conceived the following week using IUI. I’m not sure whether it helped to open adhesions, but I’d definitely do it again. I had mild cramping and some spotting following the procedure. The nurses were very helpful and attentive and I was given immediate results when the doctor was present. All in all, it was a fine experience, and I’m glad I didn’t read any of the horror stories prior to going. Every woman’s anatomy is different, but I do feel like you only see the horror stories on these webpages. Happy thoughts… this might even help you get pregnant (it very well may have for me!) :-)

  165. Natalie

    June 27, 2016 - 7:02 pm
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    While I understand that this is a very helpful diagnostic as well as potentially a slight conceiving benefit procedure, comments from women or the fertility center that this should not be a procedure to worry about are really not fair to an anxiety that comes from a relatively painless procedure. Over and over, and the fertility center should know this better than anyone on the forum, those who experience little to mild pain generally don’t have any blockages and, of course, many women don’t know if they have any blockages before the procedure which is the whole point of the procedure. However, it should boil down to this: doctors stop telling people ‘don’t worry about it’ or ‘we do it all the time’. These things that don’t give credence to the real fear. The real fear is 80% of time there is discomfort and cramping but, if you happen to be in the 20%, it is excrutiating! That is the real thing to say and then women will go in prepared. Hopefully, they will be pleasantly surprised but those that end up in severe pain will at least have gone in having made a decision that is what they were willing endure. They knew of the genuine potential for pain and don’t feel that they were manipulated into judging their own fears.

  166. TPX

    June 28, 2016 - 7:18 pm
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    Just had an HSG (not through Shady Grove). The entire procedure lasted only 2 minutes. I had some cramping pain but not nearly as bad as what I typically have during my period. I was really scared, but my doctor was great. No blockages. I took some Aleve before the procedure, but I am really quite pleased with how quick and relatively painless it was.

  167. Tmf

    July 10, 2016 - 2:24 pm
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    I have to say, I did a TON of research before having my HSG last week (at a different doctor). I was nervous, and my partner was nervous for me. She wanted me to have a ride to and from, but I ended up not needing it. I had some initial pain and discomfort when the speculum was placed as I had some tissue development near the cervix opening (dr said similar to a hymen). However, once that was “broken” I was a lot more comfortable. There was some cramping during the dye injection, but honestly it was not that bad. I expected much worse than it was. I had cramping similar to menstrual cramps the following two days.

    My only concern is now, 4 days later, I recieved a positive OPK (right on schedule, my positives are like clockwork) and am having strong pains on the right side of my pelvis…which is unusual for me. I do not know if HSG tests can cause ovulation to be more painful, or if there is something wrong. I am going to give it until tomorrow morning to subside before contacting our doctor.

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    August 6, 2016 - 5:49 am
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  169. klara

    August 8, 2016 - 1:43 pm
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    Hi all,
    I had an HSG done last week (03/08), and indeed I felt almost nothing! I was quite relieved and surprised.
    I got ibuprofene about an hour before the procedure, and I’m on day 17PM, but didn’t ovulate yet – according to ClearBlue, at least. Generally I ovulate on Day 14/15 PM.
    Looking around, though, it seems like this is common, and may be related to the ibuprofene! Any experiences on this issue?

  170. Margaret

    August 28, 2016 - 11:03 pm
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  171. SY

    September 25, 2016 - 2:11 pm
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    This is the result of my HSG test. “Normal appearance of the uterus. Normal appearance of the left fallopian tube. Normal architecture of the right fallopian tube. However, patency of lateral aspect of right fallopian tube could not be definitively proven given crossover of contrast from the opposite side.”
    I want to know what are chances my right fallopian tube is blocked?

  172. Me

    October 14, 2016 - 6:16 pm
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    HSG was very very painful for me. I did not take anything before. I was very surprised by the pain, I was prepared for a pap discomfort and it was way beyond that for me. I was hoping to see if anyone else had experience like mine and could possibly relieve any anxiety I have… I had an HSG to which they commented my tubes flowed very well. I had my tubes removed years prior to this and now heading into my 2nd attempt of a frozen embryo transfer without tubes (IVF child #1 with tubes in a success, #2 child without tubes and a success) but am concerned as to why the saliene(as I am allergic to the dye) flowed when there were no tubes there. I am not sure if this was the case prior to #2 child as I had not had a HSG done to know. Concerned that this ?hole? will affect my IVF frozen transfer? No doctors that I have seen feel it should be a concern, however they also stated they really are not sure how to answer my concerns as they haven’t seen much before like this situation? Anyone? I am being lead to believe it “probably” is fine…I just was hoping for more concrete answers before I spend thousands to have a hopefully successful attempt at child #3 :) Thanks for all comments.

  173. Suzie

    October 27, 2016 - 1:30 pm
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  174. Viva

    November 23, 2016 - 8:11 pm
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    I had HSG this week. It went well and everything looks good. But I’m scared that I got too much Xray exposure and I have put myself at a significant risk of getting cancer. I know the dose is not as high as a CT scan but it is much higher than a chest Xray. I’m feeling guilty because I don’t think I really needed this test. I wish I was more patient. I cant get this fear out of my mind. :(

  175. Maude

    February 6, 2017 - 5:18 pm
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    Hi,

    I had an histerosalpinosonography a few months ago, it was very painful, but the doctor said that the liquid did pass through in the end. It was not easy, but apparently not completely blocked. After that we strarted IUI rounds to try to finaly get pregnant. The sperm tests were fine, and my hormones, ovulation, egg count were all fine. We still have no success and I wonder if my tubes are not partially blocked, and if I should do more tests and if there is something to be done to unblock them???

    I’m starting to think that in vitro might be the only option with real chances but it is really expensive… what should I do???

  176. RBK

    February 21, 2017 - 5:14 pm
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    I had my HSG on Friday. I took my doctor’s advice and did not Google search this test because she told me that people often have terrible experiences when HSGs are performed at places other than SGF. I did, however, read the comments on this page and so went into the test completely terrified despite my best efforts to avoid the Internet,

    I started taking ibuprofen every eight hours the morning before the test, timing the last dose to occur approximately four hours before, and also took Tylenol one hour prior to the HSG. (I did this after speaking with a family member who is a physician and am absolutely not suggesting that other people should do this without speaking to a doctor about the dosage that’s right for them.) Aside from the general discomfort of being naked and nervous and the coldness of the speculum, I did not have any problems, experienced zero cramping, and was amazed by how quickly it was over.

    Margaret Ann, who did the HSG, was wonderful — extremely kind and considerate and told me everything that was happening. I have no doubt that this test can be painful, but I also have no doubt that the people at SGF know exactly what they are doing and will minimize any discomfort as much as possible. Even though the test is routine for the people who perform it at SGF, they don’t act like it’s routine for you, the patient. For me, that’s a big deal.

  177. May

    May 31, 2017 - 1:11 am
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    Hello, I wanted to leave a comment on the procedure. The team that made my HSG procedure was very nice and listened to me, but the pain was horribly intense, so much that I nearly fainted. I am adrenal insufficient and had updosed for the examination and still ended up in near crisis from this. 10 hours later, I’m still having miscarriage-like pain, far more intense than period pains. Of course, I have EDS, which apparently causes HSG to be awfully painful, and my only working ovary’s tube was completely blocked, and I have adenomyosis. I still manage to conceive, but I guess all my pregnancies are ectopics and end up before the 6th week of pregnancy. I had prepared the exam by taking my pain meds and some spasfon, it was far from being enough. I wish I do not have to get this done ever again or I will have to request to be put asleep/anesthesia. I endure bad pain on a daily basis, 7 to 9 over 10 on pain scale, this was a 10 for me.

  178. Marie

    August 26, 2017 - 7:55 pm
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    My doctor originally miscounted my cycle days and scheduled my hsg for CD 20. After a face-to-face meeting and multiple phone calls, he finally rescheduled it for CD 13 which will be pre-ovulation, but only by a day or two. I always ovulate day 14 or 15. Will this test be done to closely to my ovulation? I would call and ask my doctor, but I’m sure they’ll tell me to “relax and just trust the doctor” like they did last time when I expressed concerns with having the hsg done CD 20 after I had ovulated and done a round of clomid. From what I’ve seen online, the recommended time is on CD 7-10. Is is safe for me to do this test on CD 13 if I know I’ll ovulate in the next 24-48 hours?

  179. Arati

    February 12, 2018 - 11:36 pm
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    Just had this done today and it was quick and painless! Honestly my annual paps are worse. I was so nervous hearing all the horror stories. I did premedicate with 800 mg of ibuprofen about 2 hours before. I did not have any blockages so I’m not sure if this had anything to do with me not having any pain. The whole thing was over in 5 minutes. I took the day off work but would have been fine going back. Had some light spotting for a couple hours afterwards but fine now.

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