Turns out the HSG wasn’t a total waste of time

I had my HSG on Friday.  An HSG is when they inject dye into your uterus and take X-rays and the dye shows the shape of the uterus and whether or not there are any blockages in the fallopian tubes.  I admit that I was irritated about having to get one at all.  I had had a healthy pregnancy and delivery via C-section.  I got pregnant every time I tried, so clearly my tubes weren’t blocked.  But the RE wanted me to do it, so I did.  And it turns out that I have a slightly bicorunate uterus (sometimes called arcuate.)  I’m not exactly sure the degree (I will found out on Thursday at my RE appointment), from the pics I have found online it could be MUCH worse, but it is definitely not normal.

My HSG of my arcuate uterus

When discussing this with my dad (the OB) he said that most likely this was not contributing to my chemical pregnancies, but….if the embryo was implanting in the area where the uterus didn’t form properly, then its possible there is reduced bloodflow in that area, which could cause an early miscarriage.  But, only if it implanted in that particular spot.  So, its a weak possible explanation.   However, it does explain why I went into labor a little early with my son.  My water broke at 36.5 weeks and I never progressed past 1cm dilation in 24 hours of labor.  Looks like he just ran out of room in there.  So, this isn’t a strong explanation for what has been happening, but it could be a piece of the puzzle.

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22 thoughts on “Turns out the HSG wasn’t a total waste of time

  1. Darya says:

    Amy, such interesting information! Do you have a Rhesus negative factor? I have a Rhesus negative and David has Rhesus positive. When I was pregnant I was given several Rhogam injections for my body not to develop red blood cells, antibodies (if the baby has Rhesus positive), which would attack and destroy the baby’s red cells. Although, it is rarely a problem in a first pregnancy, you may develop antibodies as a result of exposure to your baby’s RH-positive blood during delivery, which can cause problems in a subsequent pregnancies.
    When I had a miscarriage before Jason, I asked my doctor if it happened because my body developed this antibodies, but she told me that it is not. It is interesting to find out if women with Rhesus negative is more likely to have miscarriages than with positive one. For instance, my friend in Ukraine also had a miscarriage and her Rhesus is negative! Probably, it is just a coincidence.

    • rowanthefrog says:

      Darya,

      A great question and yes, I am Rh- and James is Rh+. Ethan is blood type O+. I also received Rhogam shots during my pregnancy with Ethan and also when I was losing my first pregnancy. I have asked the doctor if this could be causing the miscarriages and they say no, but I am going to ask again.

    • Mary says:

      I’m 0 neg and hubby’s a positive and we’ve had 3 early MC or CP as people call it in a year….during my first one doctor have me a rogram shot but they told me its highly unlikely the cause but now I’ve had 3…all in a year

  2. Julie Bruning says:

    I am having the same problem. I have had 3 chemical pregnancies in the last 2 yrs probably more but just didn’t know it because I lost them with my period. I have 3 healthy children and never had a problem getting pregnant and keeping it until we started trying for number 4 two yrs ago. I’m 34 so I guess age could have something to do with it. It feels like my body just stopped working right.

    • rowanthefrog says:

      I’m so sorry for your losses Julie. Have you had any testing done? If not I would ask your OB to run the Recurrent Pregnancy Loss panel on you. It’s a starting point and usually covered by insurance. Best of luck and keep us posted!

      A

  3. Simbel London says:

    Thank you so very much for shairing your story, it is a true inspiration for me. I am a young woman from an under-developed country. I have the same problem, it has caused me a relationship of five years. I do get pregnant but I always loose it, thinking something was wrong with me pushed me to the brink of accepting that I may never be a mother. But now I know that there are other possibilities for my problem and that it may be a solution that can fix it gives me hope. Thank you so very much.

    • rowanthefrog says:

      Simbel,

      I’m so sorry to hear of your losses and loss of relationship. How extremely devastating. I’m glad you found some hope and ideas here, if you have any questions please let me know and keep us posted on your progress.

      A

  4. Erika says:

    Hi, I read your story and it sounds very much like mine. I had 4 miscarriages in the last 13 months but what caught my attention is that I had a miscarriage the very first time I was pregnant and then went on to having my son after. After him I also used Mireana for a few years until we decided to try for another one. Here I am with 4 miscarriages after that ( going thru the 4th as we speak).I now started thinking if maybe Mireana had anything to do withe the losses after that.

    • rowanthefrog says:

      Hi Erika,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your losses and yes, our stories sound quite similar. I have long suspected that Mirena and its thinning effect on the endometrial lining was the cause of at least 1 or 2 of my losses. Do you have normal periods or are they still very light?

      A

  5. amy maddox says:

    I lost 3 within the last 2 years.my doctor did blood work up and turns out everything was normal except for one thing.turns out I have thrombophilia,if you don’t know what that is it’s a genetic hereditary blood clotting disorder.I thought it was strange considering my very first pregnancy was fine I had a healthy 9lb 14 oz boy.I hope the next pregnancy I have will work out,nothing more heartbreaking then losing a pregnancy.

    • rowanthefrog says:

      Amy,

      I’m glad you found out a cause for your losses and I hope your next pregnancy brings a sweet baby into your arms.

      A

  6. Leah says:

    My husband and I have been ttc for a year this month. Hoping and desperate for our first child. I just turned 29 hes 30. I had my first chemical pregnancy back in March. I really had no idea what I was in for then but months and months past never any positive test. We went to a fertility specialist and did ALL the tests. His sperm count is fabulous, well above what they like to see. I have no blockages, and look great on the inside she said. We did the HSG test, expensive and showed there is nothing wrong. In fact, she said I got an A+. She did extensive blood work that showed I’m a candidate for PCOS and started me on metformin. I’m hardly the typical canidate.I’m not over weight. No hair growth that’s abnormal. I think I consumed too much sugar and my insulin levels were high and she had nothing else to say and prescrobed it to me. Nevertheless, I have been taking it like prescribed. Cut out all alcohol , soft drinks and exercised more. First month, I got 2 faint positive tests. I was over joyed. I felt so sure it was my hardwork and metformin. Went to my Dr for blood work the very next morning. After I left started seeing bright pink blood. Which ultimately got worse. My Dr called me and said my levels were so low. I knew it. I’d be devastating again. That was yesterday. I woke today feeling helpless.

    • rowanthefrog says:

      Leah,

      I’m so deeply sorry for your losses. I remember that helpless feeling so well. I also took Metformin. It didn’t do anything for me though I knew several people who had success with it. Have you had your NK cells tested?

      A

  7. Erika says:

    Hi girls.. I wanted to give an update and hope for other women that are going thru what I went thru for a few years. I wrote on here a year ago sharing how I was going thru my 4th miscarriage. Well the doctors couldn’t figure out why it kept happening every time I would get pregnant. I went to see a different doctor who ordered a full panel of blood test and finally figured out that my progesterone levels would drop soon after i would become pregnant, which would then cause me to miscarry. My doctor suggested that I start taking progesterone pills right after I ovulate and first month of trying we found out we were expecting again on March 2014. She recommended that I continue to take the pills until the 12th week along with Metformin because i was borderline of PCOS. Thank god everything turned out fine and right now I have my little girl right next to me.

    I wanted to share because I know what it is to have so many losses and feel helpless. It won’t hurt to speak to your doctor and give it a try. Good luck to u ladies…sending baby dust ur way..

    • rowanthefrog says:

      Congratulations Erika!! I love hearing success stories. Thank you so much for sharing what worked for you. Snuggle that sweet baby!!!

      A

    • Mary says:

      Thankyou for sharing I believe that is exactly what’s going on with me…going through my 3ed chemical pregnancy and I had blood drawn last week and hcg was 3.5 and progesterone was 4…the doc said that means I didn’t ovulate… but I knew I was pregnant the very next day I got more faint positives and 3 days later I went to get blood drawn at a different place and it had went up to 10=== even been ttc for a year I track my ovulation with teat and always get a positive around CD-18-21I even get the cramps I know I’m ovulating…I think my levels drop in early pregnancy causing me to miscarry. Getting help from an obgyn in a couple weeks !

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I have had 5 chemical pregnancies and behave four childr I can get pregnant no problem but it’s hard to get past the 5th week. My first pregnancy was a cp.I got pregnant the next month with my daughter. I got pregnant with my first pregnant son 8 weeks pp. Then I had a cp two years later. We waited another two years to try again. When we did I had two cps in a row. They put me on progesterone when I got pregnant again the next month and I had another son. One year lafter I got pregnant again and took progesterone again and had another girl. We tried thime on.s month for one last child and got pregnant… I startedme on taking progesterone when i was 3dpo but it didn’t work. I lost it at 4 weeks 6 days…… I don’t know what is wrong with

    • rowanthefrog says:

      Elizabeth,

      I’m so sorry for your losses. Have you had bloodwork run? There is a Recurrent Pregnancy Loss panel that is comprehensive and useful. Are you seeing a specialist?

      A

  9. Eva says:

    My husband and I just started trying to get pregnant after we got married last year in November. I have had two chemical pregnancies, one at the end of January in which I miscarried. I had the second chemical pregnancy near the end of February and just miscarried this week. I scheduled my first appointment with an OB, that should be in a couple weeks. I suffered with endometriosis for years and actually had surgery for it back in 2006, it was a sucess. My doctor back then put me on seasonale birth control that allowed me to only have a period four times a year which would help control the endometrosis. Well fast forward 10 years and now I’m married and we are ready to start our family. I thought due to the endometrosis we would have trouble conceiving, but it been quite the opposite. I track my cycle and basal temp down to the hour and we have sucessfully gotten pregnant two months in a row, but each time around the “normal” time my period due, I miscarry. Its very hard and sad, but i have a great supportive husband.
    I thank each of you ladies for sharing your stories. There is lots of helpful advice here, that I will do more reseaerch on to help me be more knowledgeable about what im going through and what options I have. And also this information will help me when I sit down to speak with my doctor. Good luck to all of you and many many blessing 😊

    • rowanthefrog says:

      Eva,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your losses and I’m glad you found some good info here. Please update us when you can!

      A

      • penny says:

        Hi,

        I’m funding this very interesting. Hope you don’t mind me commenting. I have had 4 chemical pregnancies and a missed miscarriage at 5 1/2 weeks in the past 7 months. Basically conceiving every cycle but loosing the pregnancies at around 13 dpo. I have had 3 healthy full term pregnancies in the past, although my cycle is only around 21 days. I believe I may have a luteal phase disorder but when I saw a miscarriage specialist recently they didn’t seem to be inclined to help, mostly seeming to blame my age (I’m 41)

        I’m at the point where I’m wondering if I should give up. I just seemed destined to loose every pregnancy.

  10. Mary says:

    Thankyou so much for sharing your story….I’m 23 years old and within the last year I’ve had 3 CP as well. April…October and I’m currently going through one…my levels went from 3.5 on a wed to 10 on a sat so it did double but those numbers are super low…I haven’t started bleeding yet…I’m 3 days my due period …I don’t know when I’m going to start bleeding. My pregnancy don’t seem to get past 50 hug before they start dropping. We go in a couple weeks to an obgyn and discuss thus and. Hopefully get help. I did get my progesterone levels checked last week and they were 4. All the doctor said was that means I wasn’t ovulation which clearly I am to get pregnant. I think my levels drop which causes it to not be able to grow! Hope to get answers soon! We’re trying for our first and after 3 chemical pregnancies it’s so hard and almost scares you from going on!

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