Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Tubal Infertility Test

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What is a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) test?


This test involves having a dye inserted by a thin tube into the cervix. The dye is pushed into the fallopian tubes and uterus, pictures are taken by x-ray as the dye passes through. It usually takes about 30 minutes. The test is carried out to find the cause of a woman not being able to conceive.


It helps to see if fallopian tubes are blocked by infection, which has caused scarring and prevented pregnancy in the past. Sometimes the process of inserting the dye will push through and unblock the tube.


Women who have had numerous miscarriages or painful periods may find to have an abnormal uterus secondary to fibroids, polyps, injury or adhesions which all can be seen during this procedure. You could also have a HSG after having a Tubial Ligation to see if procedure has been successful.


Some studies have indicated a slight increase in fertility when a HSG has been performed lasting 3 to 4 months after.


Your consultant will perform your test as well as a radiographer he will be able to talk you and explain the process as he is doing it. You will be offered pain relief as it may cause mild to moderate pain and it is advised to have some at home.


After your procedure


We advise that you have someone with you to drive you home, as you may experience abdominal cramps. You may return to work when you feel able. Your consultant will inform you of post procedure instructions before you leave the hospital.