The hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray evaluation of fallopian tubes patency. This test is conveniently performed at our office or at an outpatient surgery department of the hospital. A radio-opaque dye is injected into the uterus, and X-rays are taken as the dye travels through the uterus and fallopian tubes. This test is typically performed between days 6 and 10 of the menstrual cycle.
If there is a blockage of the fallopian tubes, it shows as a collection of the dye at the point of the obstruction. The dye also shows the size and shape of the uterus.
Overview of the HSG procedure:
- On day 1 of your menstrual cycle, call and schedule the HSG. The HSG is done after your period and before ovulation, usually between cycle days 6 and 10. (Note: After scheduling the test, notify us if your period is abnormal in any way.)
- Please check with your nurse concerning the medications you can take prior to the HSG. In general, you may take ibuprofen 600 mg or similar over-the-counter pain medications.
- The test can be performed in our center to minimize the discomfort that may be sometimes associated with the test, but you may also perform the test in the hospital (the test requires early arrival and the actual procedure takes about 30 minutes).
- The physician will insert a speculum into the vagina followed by a small catheter that will be used to inject the dye into the uterus. You will be asked to roll from side to side so that the dyes passage can be observed and X-rays taken. You may experience “menstrual-like” cramping.
- After 15 minutes, two delayed X-rays may be taken to insure that the fallopian tubes are completely open
Are you interested in learning more about Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Onsite? Call our office today at (713)467-4488 to speak with one of our highly trained staff members, they will be able to assist you.