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H-day Update

Let me start by telling you that I had the HSG done in Small Town. As I have said before (I think), our health insurance doesn’t cover fertility treatments so the financial burden of our journey is coming out of pocket. We fully expected to pay for all secondary testing and insemination/implantation services ourselves. No, we are not inndependently wealthy, but we are older and have been preparing for a bit.

Last week Dr. McDreamy’s billing office called to tell us that they wouldn’t even know how much to charge for an HSG because they had never seen an insurance company refuse to cover it before. They told us to call Dr. Smalltown because they should cover it if he did it. Worth a shot, right? To make a long story short they would, so we did.

Today I went for the HSG. I have a tilted uterus/cervix, anyone who has ever done my Pap Smear knows it, but for some reason it took Dr. Smalltown far too long of poking proding and using a hook type implement to tilt my uterus/cervix to get the catheter in place and the dye going. It was some of the worst pain that I have ever felt. And this is from someone who has had serious menstrual pain on Provera.

After it was all over Dr. Smalltown asked if I was excited. I told him that I was until the procedure and he goes “Well, I hate to tell you this, but the insemination might be the same because of the angle of your cervix”. I wanted to smack his smug little face and tell him I doubt that this would be the case because Dr. McDreamy actually seems to know what he is doing, but I was in too much fucking pain.

The cramps have lessened, but I’m still pissed. I’m wishing that I had just paid for the damn procedure and gone to see Dr. McDreamy!


July 17, 2006 - Posted by | Dr. McDreamy, FS Day


  1. Sing it sister! While ON the Provera, my side effects were minimal, certainly nothing to write home about. But now! NOW! I’ve been off for going on 5 days & this morning I felt like I had a charley horse in my uterus. It’d almost be worth it if I were in the midst of having my period, but AF still seems to elude me. Sorry to hear about the rather traumatic HSG. I’m wondering if that might be in my future as well…

    Comment by Brooke | July 18, 2006 | Reply

  2. Ha! A charley horse in the uterus is a great way to describe thast feeling! Here’s hoping that AF visits soon and that your HSG won’t be as bad as mine!

    Comment by one of two | July 18, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hey – sorta-lurker who also has a tipped back utereus/cervix, and wanted you to know that from now on, whenever someone needs to “get in there,” ask them to use an extra long speculum, and then there should be NO problem. I’ve had 3 IUI’s, each with very little pain.

    Good luck

    Comment by j | July 20, 2006 | Reply

  4. Oooh, I’m right there with ya – I’m also tipped/tilted and had one of THEE WORST experiences yesterday with a (thankfully very brief) exam at the RE’s office. I even cautioned them beforehand. Maybe we should start some kind of a ’tilted sisters’ club…haha.

    Mine had the NERVE to say to me (while I’m in excruciating pain, mind you) “Are you sure you wanna do this? Because this pales in comparison to what you’re going to go through…” UGH!!!

    Next time I’ll use J’s suggestion – thanks, J!

    Comment by gretch | July 26, 2006 | Reply

  5. The procedures that I had done at the RE’s office were a whole lot better than the one that I had at Dr. Smalltown’s office! The second IUI was a bit more uncomfortable than the first, but no where near as bad as the HSG!

    Comment by one of two | July 26, 2006 | Reply

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