PCOS Diary #4 Hysterosalpingogram + IVF | My experience


I’ve seen online that most people call it an HSG.. that makes it easier.

According to WEB MD:

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a procedure that uses an X-ray to look at your fallopian tubes and uterus. It usually takes less than 5 minutes and you can go home the same day.. but I’m not saying it’s the easiest thing ever either..

I was pretty nervous going into it, and that’s after I made it worse by watching youtube videos and reading about it… which definitely made it seem way more scary than it needed to be!

The moment I read that pain was involved I immediately started thinking the worse. Am I the only one that does that?


The exam is used to detect any problems in your fallopian tubes and or uterus. Most women who do this exam are trying to conceive and wanting to rule out any unknown problems..

In my case.. my husband and I are looking to start IVF (In vitro fertilization) soon here in France and this is one of the protocols before starting the process. (I’ll go into my IVF story in a separate post and video don’t worry 😉 ).

The exam: 

All in all it’s not the worst thing ever… BUT like I said before it’s definitely not the easiest thing ever..

So basically the procedure goes like this.

You are laid on an exam bed with a giant xray machine up over you.. pretty painlessly and quickly a few pictures are taken of your uterus from up above.

After the pictures were taken, they Dr then used a little tool (it felt like a crank) to open up the V.

Then, in went a little device that spread the a liquid medication into my fallopian tubes and ovaries (since I’m in France the medication was called Iopamiron 370) this liquid allows everything to be visibly clear in order to get good pictures of the inside of your uterus and fallopian tubes to make sure everything is working fine.

But… thats the part that hurts a little bit.

I was told that I would experience a little bit of cramps while the liquid was being injected.. and that’s exactly what happened. It felt like super strong and annoying period cramps for like max 20 seconds.

The only thing that makes it worse is the clearly vulnerable position and situation you are in at that moment.. but if us women go through period cramps every month this pain/feeling is really no different..

But, it was over before I knew it and I went home with clear and healthy results in hand! (Thankfully)

I recently posted a video talking about my entire experience with this exam..

If you’d like to watch and know more details here is the link to the video:

PCOS Diary #4: HSG Exam- My experience

As always thanks for reading!

xx Shalize




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