Two days ago my husband and I drove to Rockville and I had my mock embryo transfer (Mock ET). From what I understand the purpose of this exam is to visualize the uterine cavity, and make sure there are no structural fibroids or ‘obstacles’ that might get in the way during the actual embryo transfer. Although I was given a hand out and I did a little bit of research, I still did not know what to expect, I didn’t read too much into it because I was not up for psyching myself out. Per usual, I had to get undressed from the waist down, and put my legs up on the wonderful GYN stirrups. She inserted the speculum, and proceeded to do what felt like a pap smear….only she did a lot more pressure and ‘scraping’. The practitioner did that for I would say a minute or so, maybe longer? maybe shorter? After that, she then placed the ultrasound device in me and looked all up in there with probe. I am unsure about how many mLs of normal saline she placed in me during the exam. I have always tolerated pap smears and ultrasounds fine, but this was another level of uncomfortable. I laid there nervously throughout the exam while I was just trying to think happy thoughts because most of my exams in the past have resulted in negative news. The exam took overall about 20 minutes. At the conclusion of the exam, I was so excited to hear that the practitioner said I have a normal uterine cavity. She did say she could not visualize my right ovary, which is to be expected because I have a unicornuate uterus, being that the right fallopian tubes etc don’t really exist. I was so happy to hear the news that I had a normal uterine cavity that I was jumping with joy (literally). I was handed some feminine wipes and a pad for all the saline to drain out onto (what goes in, must come out). I got dressed, then headed to the front desk to check out. Once we got to the car, we headed to Falls Church to do the injection class with our nurse. The class was for him mainly since I’m already a registered nurse and already know how to administer injections. We were given our medication regimen that will be started in a couple of weeks, everything became real. On the way home from Falls Church I began to experience very uncomfortable cramping. The cramping got so bad that I could not sit still on the car ride home, and even the pressure of sitting down was unbearable. It became so bad, that tears started to roll down my face and I cried uncontrollably. When we finally arrived home I just hunched over and continued to cry because the pain and cramps became so bad. My husband gave me 1200mg of Tylenol and a heating pad, I started to walk around the kitchen and eventually the pain went away. I called my nurse and doctor, not necessarily because of the pain, but because I was concerned I might miscarry if I cramp/contract that severely after the actual FET. My doctor told me that I have very small uterine cavity and that the amount of volume might have been a large amount for my size. He also mentioned that the saline can sometimes burn the inside of the uterine cavity and make it cramp. Overall he reassured me that since I did not have a fever or bleeding I should be ok. I felt exhausted after all of the pain and crying, I went to bed and woke up the next morning thanking the lord for my normal uterine cavity and that I was pain free.