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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 around 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 Tubal Ligation to see if the procedure has been successful.
Some studies have indicated a slight increase in fertility when a HSG has been performed, lasting 3 - 4 months after.
Your consultant will perform your test as well as a radiographer, who will be able to talk you and explain the process while doing it. You will be offered pain relief, as it may cause mild to moderate pain. It is also advised to have some at home.
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.
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Test
Available upon request