I just booked my HSG and pelvic ultrasound (with antral follicle count). The HSG will take place first thing Thursday morning. I was advised to take the rest of the day off because the cramping can make it hard to concentrate. The RE also gave me a prescription for an antibiotic since there’s a chance of infection when they pump something (dye in this case) into your system and a prescription-grade anti-inflammatory (I had asked about ibuprofen and the nurse said I could take that instead, but when I asked if the prescription was stronger and she said yes, the prescription was the hands down winner). I have to take 2 of the antibiotic a day before and then one a day for the next 4 days. I take the anti-inflammatory 2 hours before the HSG, which means that I have to take it at 5:30 am. The HSG involves sticking a catheter in through my cervix to flush dye through my uterus and fallopian tubes. Some say it is uncomfortable and some say it is down right painful. I am hoping that the meds do the trick and it’s not so bad. I’m also hoping that I enjoy the day off instead of writhing in pain. I have read numerous stories of women who get pregnant in the few months following the HSG so I would love it if I could be one of the lucky ones.
My pelvic ultrasound (which involves sticking an ultrasound wand into my vagina) is scheduled for the 13th. That one shouldn’t be painful, but probably a bit uncomfortable (I’ve seen it compared to a pap). During the ultrasound they will also be counting all my little follicles to find out more about my ovarian reserve (and probably to know how many follicles have matured by that point – it’ll be CD13, so I would hope there’d be some ready to pop).
Before I started TTC, I had talked to a couple of friends about trying to get pregnant and we all worried that we’d struggle. The two of them got pregnant very quickly and here I am struggling. Even though I always worried about it to some degree (since it is what I want most in the world and the thought of it not happening was and is so scary), I don’t think I ever truly expected to need to go down this path of doctors, acupuncturists, medications, surgical procedures, etc. Part of me is just now coming to terms with the fact that we might actually need “heavy duty” help and we might actually deplete our finances in trying to become parents. I have been hung up on fantasies of everything working out “fairly”, but sometimes shit happens to good people. Even though I was anxious and depressed thinking about all the possibilities and freaking out, I think it all seemed like worst case scenarios rather than where we might legitimately be headed. We still don’t know what kind of treatment we may need, but I am just starting to make peace with this reality.