I was in your same situation. I never had a bowel movement unless I had my menstrual cycle. This too lasted for eight years. I re-did the test and my GI was ok with that. I was so upset, but he understood. I failed the second time without my menstrual cycle and three months later had a total colectomy. I am 10 weeks post-op. If you foound the right doctor he/she will believe you and let you re-do the test. Call now before its done.
Thanks so much for the explanation of the defography. As soon as you mentioned the curtain, that made me feel a whole lot better. I just pictured myself sitting on a seat of some sort with somebody in front of me doing the x-rays. Shivers....
Irish- It is exactly how Janie explained it. For me it was super embarassing. At first they had me inser the vaginal barium and it did not go in far enough so I had to do it again and then they inserted the rectal barium. They had this screen in front of me and the radiologist was behind a window. I had to then move to the toilet seat and take direction. I knew right after that I was not emptying very good and that I did not have a retrocele. I think it was more embarrasing becuase it was at the hospital I had my surgery at and becuase of all my complications I did see them again. I could not believe it was even a test, let a lone one I really had to do , but it is a good thing before surgery to have.