What You can Expect From Hysterosalpingogram
A Hysterosalpingography is an X ray that can help your doctor detect abnormalities in the fallopian tubes and uterus which may be preventing you from getting pregnant.
The uterus, fallopian tube and female reproductive system are all vital. They play a role in the development of your eggs and ovaries, as well as in your ability to conceive naturally.
HSG (High-Scan Gender Analysis) is a nonsurgical test that can identify structural irregularities, including endometrial Polyps, Leiomyomata, or uterine Fibroids. These conditions make it more difficult to become pregnant. Knowing that you have one of these conditions can help you plan the next steps.
A radiologist or gynecologist performs an HSG by injecting a special dye in your cervix and then taking X-rays to examine your uterus. The dye produces an outline that appears on the Xray.
Your uterus will appear white. This is the contrast effect.
Once the dye has been placed inside your uterus your radiologist takes several X-ray images to show the contrast moving in your uterus. This is one of the most effective ways to detect blockages and other problems in your fallopian tubs that may prevent you from getting pregnant.
You should schedule your HSG seven to ten days before ovulation, but after your first day of menstruation. If you’re trying to get pregnant during the same cycle as the test, this will help ensure that the luteinizing-hormone (LH), which is released by the body during ovulation won’t “flush out”, the dye in your uterus and tubes.
What you can Expect from an HSG
The hysterosalpingogram is a painless procedure that usually takes a few moments. You will be prescribed an over-the counter medication to make you more comfortable and relieve any discomfort.
You should be asked to put on a hospital gown before the HSG. This will make sure that the x-rays of your pelvis, uterus and cervix are clear and visible. You should not wear any jewelry or other items which could interfere with x-rays.
During the procedure you will be lying on a table, and a small amount anesthetic is administered to numb your abdominal area. The speculum then is placed into your vagina. You will be positioned such that the speculum lies level with your cervix.
Once the speculum is in place, a thin tube will be advanced into your uterus. A radiologist then injects the dye, which appears white on the image.
The xrays are taken from various angles to create an accurate picture of the uterus and fallopian tubes. The radiologist will then look at the x-rays and prepare a report for your doctor.
The test should not be performed if you have an active inflammatory condition or an untreated sexually transmitted disease, such as chlamydia. The test should not be performed if a recent pelvic infected has occurred.