She Says… Wheels are in Motion

Meeting Dr. P (our reproductive endocrinologist (RI) / infertility specialist) this morning was fantastic. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew the first meeting was an “initial consultation”, so we probably weren’t going to do any tests or reach any conclusions; still, they told me it would take about an hour, so I came prepared with temperature charts, medical records and questions. I wanted to be able to give him any information that might help him get to the bottom of my little problem.

From the very first moment, I liked him. He cracked a few well-timed jokes, but cut right to the chase. He started every topic by asking me what I already knew, which I appreciated. And he used diagrams and metaphors to explain everything that would be done, in sequence, so I will know what to expect when that time comes. He proceeded like he is sure we are going to get me ovulating and preggo soon, without invasive treatment. Yay for a confident and capable doctor! I felt like I was in great hands.

My gynecologist had previously done some hormone testing, and Dr. P spent quite awhile going over those results with me. While everything was “normal”, like my gynecologist had said, there were some subtle relationships between the numbers that actually gave some insight into possible reasons for my oligo- or anovulation (lack of ovulation). That, my friends, is the advantage of a specialist. Further tests are needed to rule out a few more things, though.

So, the doc ordered up a rull round of fertility tests:
– bloodwork (and lots of it)
– glucose/insulin
– genetic testing (cystic fibrosis carrier testing)
– HSG (hysterosalpingogram, or X-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes after they are injected with dye)
– ultrasound
– semen analysis for the hubs (so he doesn’t feel left out!)

Ever the overachiever, I asked how soon we could get going. Turns out, we can start as early as tomorrow morning. So that’s what we’re going to do! Unfortunately, due to my unquenchable thirst for Googling, I’ve read some scary things about the HSG test. I’ve read that the dye really hurts, and the whole procedure is a lot more uncomfortable than the doctors and nurses let on. So I’m not looking forward to that. And, as someone who still has to tell the nurse that I tend to pass out when I get blood taken, I’m not really looking forward to that either. Nevertheless, I am pretty excited to get all these tests taken care of tomorrow morning and get the results!

Anyone ever had any of the above? How was the HSG?

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6 responses to “She Says… Wheels are in Motion

  1. Good luck this morning! You are tough!

  2. That’s fantastic! I think it’s a minor miracle to get *any* doctor’s appointment the next day! Hope it all goes well that the HSG test is better than Google led you to believe. 🙂

  3. So glad you had a great experience with the specialist. I hope all goes well and I’m excited for you to learn more!

  4. i had an HSG in december. you can read about it here .

    i’ll admit, it was uncomfortable when they put the catheter in my cervix, but only for a few seconds. the entire thing honestly only lasted 2 mins.

    good luck!

  5. The HSG itself really wasn’t bad! It was uncomfortable, but the only discomfort was a mild cramping sensation. I had the HSG around 8am, and by 3pm, I had horrible cramps. They went on all night and half the next day. Cramp relievers helped tremendously. The RE’s RN said that’s normal, that it’s just the body reabsorbing the dye from the body cavity.

  6. Thanks, everyone!

    babybaker and iamstacey, thank you for the personal accounts — it’s good to know what to expect!

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