Saturday, March 8, 2008

HSG - Good!

Well... had my 3rd HSG yesterday. Here's another one for the books.

Ok, this military hospital has an IVF program here, so they definitely perform these on a more regular basis. A resident doctor explained the procedure to me (and asked why I was getting a 3rd one!) and told me he'd be performing it, but if he had trouble he'd get the staff doctor.

See, I had no trouble my first one at WH, and I've had 3 IUIs with no trouble (except a resident once did have a few minutes trouble). But this doctor could not find my cervix! He looked around with the light/speculum for about 10 minutes, poking and prodding. No luck! So he called in the staff dr. He did his residency at WH and him & his wife were treated there (though they got pregnant by going civilian he said). Anyway, he was very nice, but could not find it either! He said this has never happened in his years of practice (he only looked mid-30's, so that can't be so many). He really pinched me, but at least he switched to a smaller speculum (they always do that). He said they'd call in the head of the ob-gyn/IVF clinic to do it (the ordering physician in this case too). That guy came in, very confidently, and found my cervix in about 8 seconds. Maybe less. Super easy, super comfortable. Here is the difference between a trained doctor who deals with those parts all the time, and a radiologist who isn't always accustom to finding a woman's parts. The procedure was a bit uncomfy, but finished in a few minutes. He saw the images and said they were great (tubes, uterus). He made certain to take pics as the baloon was deflated of my uterine cavity. I can pick up the films Tuesday and send them on to WH.

I did get light-headed and weak like I did with my first one. A good sign, I think. I rested about 45 minutes once to my friend's house. I am so glad to have this out of the way - almost (I do have to get the films reviewed by WH). I do so love military hospitals instead of civilian, I must say. At least the ones that understand IF stuff!

I got my baseline date: April 16th. We purchased tickets out to SA. Mine are from the 15th to May 4th. Should be enough time, but they can always be changed for a $100 fee (mine was free, so no big deal).

The part I did not like was that I will be on Lupron this cycle! They reviewed my drugs/responses last time, and thought I should do it. I don't know WHY, but I guess I trust them. They said I start a few days before baseline and continue while I am on the stimulation drugs. I need to research exactly what this is. I just REALLY don't want to be over-supressed, and I liked my response last time. Although I think I ovulated ~1-2 eggs before retrieval last time, so if Lupron would work better than Ganirilex (which was suppose to prevent that), I'm happy. I just had hoped everything could be the same so I could predict with some certainty my response and my dates.

So, it is a little over a month away. How glad I am to have it to look forward to, and yet I'm scared of it not working. I would even rather get pregnant and miscarry again rather than not. I hate the monthly BFN's. So.... I'll keep posting more as I get more info. Thanks for all the well-wishes! I'll comment/post more once I leave Seattle on Wedneday!

14 comments:

Rachel said...

De-lurking to say I'm glad the HSG worked out this morning, even if it took a few extra doctors. I find it so relieving to read about someone else buying plane tickets immediately after scheduling a cycle. The clinic I go to is not a military clinic but because of the location it has a lot of military people and I hate that the clinic is always pushing them (and me) to try frozen sperm rather than coordinate our schedules. I hope the wait doesn't pass too slowly until April for you.

CAM said...

Sorry about the HSG...I hate those things.
The lupron sounds like a good thing, apparently you can have a better response to the meds because of it.
:)

andrea_jennine said...

Glad you finally got the HSG taken care of; I hope it satisfies all your requirements. Don't worry about Lurpon oversuppressing you; I was on it for both IVFs and had close to 20 follicles and 12-15 mature eggs retrieved. You'll be fine!

gracechild said...

i cannot believe that a trained doc could look you in the face and tell you he can't find a cervix. Ridiculous i think. I had lupron on my cancelled ivf cycle. Follicles were not an issue but after the cycle was cancelled and i had an immediate AF, it took over 60days to get the next one. I don't know if this is lupron related though :)

Anonymous said...

I am going through IVF in a couple weeks, am about mid-way through my BCP's. I start taking Lupron on day 18 of my BCP's and continue through to the HCG shot right before the retrieval. Lupron is a common drug used to prevent you from ovulating before the retrieval. Anyway, best of luck with everything.

Searching said...

Yay! One more thing down! My fingers are crossed...

Kenya said...

That sucks that he couldn't find your cervix. HSG's are terrible anyhow. Good luck!

Lea Bee said...

ugh, that sucks about the HSG but hopefully that was your 3rd and last. i was on lupron for my protocol at WR, and i was anything but oversuppressed! glad you are getting started on the next cycle.

Kellie said...

Glad you got this out of the way and that there we no surprises, other than having a cervix that apparently likes to play hide and seek! (Good heavens!) I'm looking forward to more updates and following you through your next cycle. Best wishes!

Alison said...

Found your blog through My Prayers. Sorry about all the HSG's. Those things are horrible and to have to go through it with complications sucks. I read back a few weeks... I'm addicted to Ikea and Pottery Barn too! Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Karen said...

Good luck! I'm glad this HSG is out of the way.

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Glenna Marshall said...

How are things? I miss your updates! Let us know what's going on with you, girl! I hope all is well.

andrea_jennine said...

Hey, friend - just checking in. Hope you're okay...