Thursday, January 17, 2008

Perfect Uterus

Well, my eggs may be in bad shape (or not, who knows at this point...) but straight from Dr VID's mouth, "You have a perfect uterus".
Thank GOD. Something is going right! I might be pre-menopausal, but I can at least provide a good home for K's embryos and HAVE a baby!

I was a little nervous about the HSG (Hysterosalpingography) as I'd read that many women found it painful.

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray test that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area around them. It often is done for women who are having a hard time becoming pregnant (infertile).

During a hysterosalpingogram, a dye is put through a thin tube that is put through the vagina and into the uterus. Because the uterus and the fallopian tubes are hooked together, the dye will flow into the fallopian tubes. Pictures are taken using a steady beam of X-ray as the dye passes through the uterus and fallopian tubes. The pictures can show problems such as an injury or abnormal structure of the uterus or fallopian tubes, or a blockage that would prevent an egg moving through a fallopian tube to the uterus. A blockage also could prevent sperm from moving into a fallopian tube and joining (fertilizing) an egg. A hysterosalpingogram also may find problems on the inside of the uterus that prevent a fertilized egg from attaching (implanting) to the uterine wall.

I did exactly what they told me to; ate something an hour in advance and took a few pain relievers like Advil.
I am quite fortunate that my RE does not trust the Xray technicians to do these tests and so he does them himself! I was there early and he brought me in 20 minutes ahead of schedule. I laid on the table, closed my eyes and started my meditation breathing exercises. I also had a 'theme song' playing in my head, something that I knew would keep me calm.
There was a little pressure, like having a pap and then perhaps a bit more pressure...but it was done before I knew it.
Dr. VID complemented not only my uterus, but my calmness and breathing practices!
Yeah for me!

One less test to worry about...and you may be thinking "why is she having all of these tests?"
Well, I am not clinically infertile--but if I am going to a fertility specialist, in order for my insurance to cover treatments--I have to claim infertility. And so, the tests...
Actually, I don't mind so much. I would rather have tests before I go through all of the trouble and make sure that all my girlie parts are in working order. It would really suck to try for 6 months only to find out you have high FSH or a less-than-perfect uterus causing your problems (and in our case, wasting LOTS of precious, limited insurance money).

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