I am really glad you had this experience. I was definitely one of the horror stories. Lol. I dont know that I want to share that here, but I did not experience the fun of and HSG and did find it excruciatingly painful. I know it can go either way, whether your tubes are blocked or not, and just because it is painful doesnt mean anything was wrong. Fortunately, for me, they were able to unblock my lady bits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have PCOS and my cycles are naturally 112-148 days long. I actually had a small blockage to deal with as well, unrelated to PCOS. We were trying to figure out why this was happening so I got my HSG done. I am thrilled that I had it done and now know that I am capable of conceiving. I had 3 rounds of dye put into my uterus as well, so the test was a little longer than some women have shared... All in all, I would do it again if I needed to. If it will help me conceive, there isnt a thing I wont do.
The catheter didnt hurt, the balloon was uncomfortable but didnt hurt, but the dye nearly killed me. I literally yelped. By the 3rd one, I was sweating, trying to focus on breathing in for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds. It was a pretty short test anyway and the pain was short lived. I actually had a period about a week after the HSG which was amazing. I then took Soy Isoflavones on CD5-9 of that cycle and finally for the first time ever, ovulated. I Od on CD19 and had a 32 day long cycle. AMAZED!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have never had a normal cycle, so having a period in both June and July was pretty amazing. I feel like a woman. I feel alive. I feel amazing. It really is shocking what having a period does to my emotional state. I have never ovulated in my life. I am 28 and just learning how to ovulate.