The HSG and the Next Step

I have woven a parachute out of everything broken. 
~William Stafford

So my HSG (hysterosalpingogram) was last Monday. It definitely wasn’t pleasant.

I totally forgot to take my Ibuprofin until I was in the waiting room. The doctor talked me through it and there were times it pinched a bit, like when the speculum went in (though it sometimes does during my annual) and was pinchy/crampy when the balloon was put in.

At that point, the the speculum was removed and I was so incredibly grateful for that. It got very crampy about the time he finished filling my uterus with the dye. He had me tilt my pelvis to the left and right when he needed me to.

All in all, it lasted less than 10 minutes total. Results were my tubes were clear and uterus looked good.

My OBGYN called me a few days later and said that she didn’t want to do anything else for three months because “clearing the tubes gets people pregnant all the time.”

Statistically, it does happen, but it isn’t all the time or even a majority of the time. I asked about at least getting a 7DPO (Day Past Ovulation) progesterone test, which would test if my uterus would allow an embryo to even implant and stay there. I also asked for a CD3 (Cycle Day) FSH test, which would show if I even have quality eggs left or even a healthy number left. But she refused. It is a simple blood test and really should have been done before even the HSG, but because of where I was in my cycle, it made sense to do the HSG then instead of waiting.

Because I don’t like the fact that she’s not taking me as seriously as I’d like and because I had always been told to go straight to an RE (reproductive endocrinologist) and not an OBGYN, I decided to go back to my PCM and ask for a referral to an RE. I got the referral today… TriCare gave me a referral to another OBGYN. Seriously. Ugh!

After some investigating, I found out my PCM asked for a referral for infertility to Madigan at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). I want to see an RE there. TriCare apparently won’t do referrals to any bases and because she hadn’t put “RE” on it… they just sent me to an OBGYN. Same referral they gave me a few weeks ago.

So now my OBGYN is writing a referral for an RE. Once I get referred (if they approve it), I will be given a referral to a civilian RE and then I can choose to call Madigan or go to that civilian. Both will be at least 1 1/2 hours away. So that’s where I am right now.

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5 thoughts on “The HSG and the Next Step

  1. Geez. TriCare can be a pain. And military doctors in general can make things frustrating. One time I went to my PCM about something and asked for a referral for gynecology and when the referral arrived it was for gastroenterology! He literally wrote it all out wrong. I was pissed and annoyed. Why don’t they LISTEN!

  2. Sierra: What’s even more fun is I have a CIVILIAN PCM. So it’s not just military doctors. And they assumed TriCare would know what they meant when she wrote that I needed to be seen for infertility at Madigan. Gotta love it.

  3. Best of luck with all of this! Thank you so much for sharing your journey. My husband and I are trying and I have learned so much from you!

    P.S. I nominated you for a Liebster Award over on my blog. 🙂

  4. I don’t understand why she wouldn’t just okay the progesterone. I mean, it seems so simple to me. It was almost like a given when I was going through this with one of my close friends. But I’m so glad that you got this worked out and hopefully it will keep moving forward with out all the rigamarole! Thanks for keeping us all posted, even though you don’t have to

  5. Pingback: TriCare and the RE referral–Grrrrr! « Wife of a Sailor

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