I was nervous the day that I went to the doctor for my HSG (hysterosalpingogram) confirmation test. After four months of waiting after getting the Essure procedure done, it felt strange that in less than an hour’s time, I would know whether or not it was a success. Whether or not I could stop taking birth control pills. Whether or not my fiancé and I could stop worrying about the possibility of having an unwanted child. These thoughts just kept running through my head the entire time before the test. I wanted so much to put these thoughts to rest, once and for all.
The radiology staff members that I encountered were very courteous, and while we were waiting for my OB/GYN to arrive, they asked me questions about the Essure procedure and how I came to make the decision to be sterilized. When I explained that I had made the decision to be childfree, one of the staff members (a lady who has children), put me right at ease. “Having children isn’t for everyone,” she said with a genuine smile, “and only you are qualified to make that decision for yourself.” I almost cried right there on the spot. My OB/GYN and the radiologist arrived a few moments later, and the test began.
They had me lay on a table with a x-ray machine situated over my pelvic region. The OB/GYN injected dye into my uterus with a low amount of pressure. For the next three to four minutes (which seemed like hours), I experienced the most severe menstrual-type cramping I’ve ever had. This pain seemed more severe than when I had the Essure procedure done; the difference between the two being that when I had the Essure procedure done, I had been prescribed a combination of three pain relievers/relaxants. For the HSG confirmation test, the OB/GYN did not prescribe any medicine to take ahead of time, but I did take naproxen sodium tablets two hours earlier, which is what I use for my monthly menstrual cramp pain. During that three to four minutes, I had to try to lie perfectly still on the x-ray table. And then, it was over. I felt a bit woozy, so they had me lie on the table for a few more minutes while I regained my senses. My OB/GYN said that the Essure procedure was a success. As proof, he showed me the image on the nearby screen, which showed my uterus with a white spot at the entrance of each fallopian tube, but no white in the tubes themselves. The white spots indicated where the dye was accumulating due to blockage. In the image, I could also see the Essure coil inserts. Very cool!
It is done. My fiancé was very happy when I told him the news, and now we can get on with our life together, knowing that babies will not be in the picture.
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