oh damn, hit submit too soon, here’s the rest…
I made an appointment with the Ob/GYN office that did my tubal (the doctor who did it was gone). I get my usual gynecological checkups from the midwives that delivered my babies. The (female) doctor wondered why I was there given the 7 years of no pregnancy. I said because a misplaced clip sounded concerning, plus mysterious pain. She said the report said “malpositioned” not “misplaced”. Her exam showed nothing of interest and she said if I wanted she could order a hysterosalpingogram to determine if my tubes were truly blocked.
Over the next few days the pain subsided and finally disappeared. No other symptoms.
Yesterday was the test, which is dye sent into the uterus and viewed by x-ray to see if dye flows out of tubes. The (male) doctor who performed the test asked why we were performing it, given the 7 years of no pregnancy. I said because the usual way to find out if your tubal ligation has failed is to get pregnant. During the test it was clear the dye was not acting the way he had expected it to. He said to the assisting radiologist “so…inconclusive?” They kept me on the table much longer than I had expected having me turn this and that way. He asked me my age (44) at least 3 times.
At the end he showed me the scans. The “malpositioned” clip was …really really far away from my tube. Obviously not attached to it. “In outer space” was his choice of words. The dye showed up nice and dark and contained on the other side and the dye on the “malpositioned clip” side looked pale and dispersed, though no dye could be seen blooming out of my tube as it would if it was unobstructed. His advice to me was to take no further action. He said the tube was occluded, probably by scar tissue, since obviously not by the clip. He said clearly the dye was leaking out of the tube somehow, possibly from a small fistula. Did I have any questions?
Yes! Was I going to get pregnant? He said “No, you’re not going to get pregnant.”
I’m going to see the first gynecologist on Monday to see if she thinks differently.
I feel super annoyed with both of them for questioning why I was even worried if I hadn’t gotten pregnant in 7 years. Because I had new information, dammit. What would you do? Or feel?