A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a type of X-ray that assists in family planning by uncovering potential causes of infertility.
An HSG uses an X-ray technique called fluoroscopy, aided by a contrast material, to examine internal organs in motion. The test may reveal a blocked fallopian tube, an abnormal shape or structure of the uterus, or any scarring. By examining the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes, an HSG can help doctors pinpoint the cause of fertility issues.
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Preparing for an HSG
Our staff will inform you of any preparation instructions and your appointment check-in time prior to your exam. A technologist will bring you into the procedure room, answer any questions you may have and prepare the area of injection.
- Exam must be performed within 3-5 days of the last day of your menstrual cycle.
- Abstain from sexual intercourse starting the first day of your menstrual cycle until otherwise directed by your physician.
- If you think you might be pregnant, it is important that you tell us before your exam.
How This Exam is Performed
This procedure is similar to a gynecological exam—you will be positioned similar to your routine pelvic exam, a speculum is inserted into your vagina, and a contrast material is injected into your uterus. It is common to experience cramping similar to menstrual cramping and should subside within a few hours. Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aleve or other non-aspirin pain relievers are recommended for post procedural cramping.
Results From This Exam
You will have the opportunity to go over the results of this exam with our physician prior to leaving our clinic. A final report will be completed within 24-48 hours and sent to your referring healthcare provider.