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08/10/2014 at 09:16
I know there are a few of you on here who had a HyCoSy so I have some questions for you if you don't mind.
Does it really hurt, like really hurt or is it just cramps? Will I feel the dye going round inside me?
If there are blockages will it hurt more and will they tell me there and then?
Will I be ok to go on my own and drive home afterwards? H doesn't think he can get the day off and I'm quite happy to go on my own as long as I can drive afterwards.
I read somewhere about the dye coming out afterwards is that right?! How long will I see it for?
And final question for now, sorry if to personal, but am I likely to bleed afterwards?
Sorry that was more than I thought ha h! Thanks in advance x
08/10/2014 at 10:14
I had a HSG rather than HyCoSy, but from what I understand they're pretty similar. Beforehand a few people on Hitched BT shared their experiences with me and I prepared myself for it to be absolutely horrific - some poor ladies had a really terrible time of it. As it turned out, I actually found it to be fine. A little bit crampy, but far less stressful and uncomfortable than having a smear done. I can't comment on the blockages because I had none, but I didn't feel the dye inside me really. When they were putting it in, I could sort of tell something was going on but that was probably more to do with the speculum being there. They did give me a pad for afterwards (although I had taken my own) but I had no leakages at all. I didn't bleed either.
I'd say it's really hard to predict what your experience of it will be - mine was a breeze but for some women it's the total opposite. My advice would be to plan for the worst case scenario and if it turns out not to be so bad, then great.
08/10/2014 at 10:28
LuLu - I agree with everything ST has said. Mine was exactly as described. In my case I had fluid in both tubes and the dye did not pass through, they didn't tell me this at the time, just said that everything would be discussed at my follow up appointment, this annoyed me really because I just presumed everything was ok and then the next appointment was when they said I would have to have my tubes clipped. I don't know if every clinic is different in how they deal with these things. I guess if they had told me that I would have been full of questions they couldn't really answer, so leave it to the professionals. Good luck with everything xx
08/10/2014 at 11:02
Thank you both! I think I'll do as you say ST and plan for the worst but hopefully I'll be ok!
08/10/2014 at 11:18
Hopefully you'll be fine Lulu! Good luck!!
08/10/2014 at 13:01
Mine was an HSG too but I'm not sure what the difference is. I went on my own and it was fine, I went to Tescos straight after! Just remember to put on a pad, luckily I did to catch anything that trickled back out, but it was only a tiny bit. It was uncomfortable but that bit lasted about 2 minutes if that, it was all over very quickly.... and think if we reach our end goal we'll be in for a whole other level of agony!!
I could see what was happening on the screen so I knew the results straight away, and the lady went back through the pictures with me afterwards. They said I would bleed maybe for a day or two but I only had a tiny bit when I wiped straight after that was all. Good luck x
08/10/2014 at 13:56
Thanks Dolly, glad to hear I should be ok on my own. I'll let you all know how I get on next week x
08/10/2014 at 21:00
Hi Lulu, another echo to the other posters. I found that taking a couple of ibuprofen an hour before helped as well as wiggling my toes whilst it was being done. The longer you can cope with any discomfort, the more of a flush through they can do x
09/10/2014 at 09:16
Thanks loobylou I'll remember the toe wiggling :-) x
09/10/2014 at 19:20
I had an HSG (only difference is that the scan is done by x-ray in an HSG and ultrasound in a HyCoSy) and it was absolutely fine, no more uncomfortable than a smear. I did take a couple of painkillers beforehand though. It feels slightly crampy when the dye is being inserted but it's no worse than a period pain (or trapped wind!) and it only lasts about 15 seconds. You can't feel the catheter going in. I had a slight bit of spotting afterwards but no pain and was absolutely fine to drive.
09/10/2014 at 19:23
I also went in with DollyP's mentality that the aim is to get pregnant and it can't be anywhere near as bad as childbirth (which it wasn't!)
11/10/2014 at 13:04
I had my HyCoSy back in March, and fell pregnant that cycle. It's not a magic cure for everyone, but I have no doubt in the world that the HyCoSy is the reason why I am currently pregnant.
For me, it was crampy, and uncomfortable, but by no means agony. I took ibuprofen and paracetamol beforehand though, along with a fair few diazepam.
I had a blockage which they were able to clear, and I did feel quite a bit of pressure, but I wouldn't describe that part as painful, just weird. Tbh, I was so upset at the blockage that I wasn't really focusing on the present, if that makes sense.
I couldn't have driven due to the diazepam, but otherwise I don't see why not. That said, I wouldn't have gone alone, and I recently went with a friend while she had the same procedure. I think you need to consider how you will feel mentally and emotionally afterwards, as opposed to physically. I was very shaky due to all the stress, and was very teary at the relief of them clearing the blockage. What if it is the worst possible news? It's tough to think about but I could see the results there and then and they told me. What if they say that your tubes are beyond help, would you be capable of driving yourself home, would you be ok to be alone? I would want support with me.
The contrast (dye) is clear in colour, so although it will come out afterwards you won't see it the way you think you will, I just took a sanitary towel and was fine. I never had any bleeding, despite the fact that I always bleed at my smear test.
Finally, I wish you all the best with it, and really hope that it is the same situation for you as it was for me.
13/10/2014 at 10:19
Saffron thanks for your reply as well, tbh I haven't really thought about it emotionally so thank you for pointing that out. I think I've been too focused on the pain aspect I haven't thought how I will feel. It's been put off until next cycle now so I think I might see if H can come or have my mum on standby to come and get me if needed ( she only works up the road from the clinic) I will ask when I call to confirm the appointment if I will see the results there and then.
Thanks all x
13/10/2014 at 16:25
Best of luck lovely, xx
13/10/2014 at 17:11
I unfortunately am one of the ones who had a horrific experience, so much so I had a c-section for maternal health reasons.
I took painkillers before hand & my mum came with me.
I had a SHO who was doing it for the first time unsupervised - which I found out after when I made an official complaint.in the end, after putting me in much agony he had to remove everything & get his senior to come & carry it out. So for me the apparatus going in was horrendous & by that time I was so sore the dye part was just another level,
He used a numbing gel which helped marginally but I was an absolute wreck by this point, shaking so much the nurses had to help me off the bed. Thankfully it was clear.
I fell pregnant next cycle - apparently it acts as a deep clean of your tubes. We only Dtd once or twice before I had an unrelated operation a couple of weeks later so very very much our miracle baby.
So plenty of painkillers - I would def take diazepam if I had to go through another. I wouldn't have been able to drive after & spent the rest of the day in bed.
I bled for 3 says & my back was in agony the next day but if I hadn't of went to work I would have lay on bed & cried the whole next day.
I would be asking for someone with plenty of experience & also the numbing gel - prevention is better than cure. Hospital gave me a pad to wear. I wore leggings and a long top instead of having to strip off say from a dress but I'm sure you've thought about that.
Ps practice some relaxing breathing before hand to help you try to relax throughout.
All the luck in the world & I truly hope it is clear & gives you your miracle baby x
14/10/2014 at 09:52
SaSaSi you sound like you had such a rough time you poor thing! So glad it worked out for you but wow sounds awful. I am going to prepare myself for the worst and practise toe wriggling and deep breathing before I go!
15/10/2014 at 10:19
From this thread you can thankfully see I am in the minority!
But it would do no harm to request the numbing gel.
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