Hysterosalpingogram

A Hysterosalpingogram is an x-ray examination that is used to examine the uterus and fallopian tubes. The examination uses x-ray contrast to demonstrate the anatomical structures of these organs and is performed in the diagnosis and ongoing management of women that are having difficulty falling pregnant. It tests the patency of the fallopian tubes. There are varied reasons that your doctor may ask for a hysterosalpingogram, you need to talk to your doctor about why you may need this procedure.

The Procedure

  • A member of staff will explain the examination and answer any questions that you may have.
  • You will be taken to a change room where you need to remove some clothing. You are given a gown to wear.
  • You will be required to lie on an x-ray table, the doctor inserts a speculum into your vagina (similar to a pap smear) and inserts a small tube into your uterus.
  • X-ray contrast is injected through the tube into your uterus, this flows up the fallopian tubes, several images are taken.
  • After the examination you will be able to go to the bathroom and wash.
  • The test takes about 30 minutes.
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