I’m pretty sure my doctor thinks I’m nuts. I emailed her after my massage/energy healer experience (click here if you haven’t read about it) and asked what would need to take place for us to get a better look at my fallopian tubes to see if there is a blockage. She responded with the recommendation of a sono-hysterosalpingogram, also known as a FemVue.
I’ve had friends do this and although not the best way to visualize the procedure, it can be a roto rooter for the fallopian tubes- cleaning any obstructions out so eggs can travel more efficiently. recall how unpleasant of an experience this is, but I know it’s what we need to do.
We scheduled it for the following week and my husband was gracious to want to come and support me through the procedure.
After the typical pleasantries with the ultrasound lady, who I now feel I have a relationship with, the doctor entered the room. She explained what would take place and what we are hoping to see.
Using a catheter placed through the cervix into the uterus, she will shoot a mixture of saline and air contrast up my uterus and into each of the fallopian tubes. The mixture will produce so we can see it on the ultrasound monitor. If there are any issues, the bubbles will not flow smoothly and they will investigate to see what the issue may be.
This whole catheterization process is not the most comfortable (similar but more intense/invasive female exam) and as she begins to insert the mixture, it feels as though I am peeing myself (in a weird way).
She starts on the left— no issues there and the bubbles flow easily.
Onto the right—no bubbles. There seems to be a block of some sort. WHAT? She tries it again and it flows much better. She looks at me and says: “looks like there was a small block of tissue or something on your right fallopian tube, but we were able to get it out with the force of the saline this second time and now it’s clear!”
There seems to be a block of some sort. Oh my gosh… WHAT?
She tries it again and it flows much better. She looks at me and says: “looks like there was a small block of tissue or something on your right fallopian tube, but we were able to get it out with the force of the saline this second time and now it’s clear!”
She looks at me and says: “looks like there was a small block of tissue or something on your right fallopian tube, but we were able to get it out with the force of the saline this second time and now it’s clear!”
I am amazed at this point. The massage/healer lady was right?
What would have happened if I didn’t go to this massage lady? The doctors weren’t planning to check for anything until after a few more rounds of Clomid, meaning 2-4 more months of trying and waiting.
Is it possible that God used this massage lady to speak to me about my body?
I take this encounter as a God-wink and am excited to know my fallopian tubes are now ready for action!
The rest of the afternoon was not pleasant as I felt major cramping, as the doctor said I would. The only position that felt good was on my side on the couch.
My husband felt horrible that I was in such pain and I only know this is the first of what’s to come with all the body changes that occur when growing a baby. I’m grateful to have him by my side through the pain and discomfort.
4 thoughts on “Fallopian Tube Roto Rooter”
Oh Hilary – I’m so glad you’ve plunged through this obstacle (pun intended)…and thank God for the massage lady!! (I am a little surprised they wouldn’t have questioned the fallopian thing earlier??
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Allison
Thanks so much Allison! I know, I was shocked but since it was a semi-expensive test and not so pleasant experience I think they wanted to ‘have a reason’ to check. So glad we did!!
My goodness, Hilary…sorry you had to endure the procedure & the pain, later.
I’m praying God will use this to grant you a very special ‘gift’.
My heart is with you…
Linda….and always, Ryan 🙂
Thanks so much Linda. It’s amazing the way our bodies work and grateful for modern medicine to work through some of the hiccups. As always, I appreciate your prayers!