Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

A Hysterosalpingogram is an x-ray test done with the OB-GYN or radiologist to view the uterus and fallopian tubes.

Procedure

  • Patient is positioned as for routine pelvic exam and a speculum is inserted.
  • A small catheter is inserted (vaginally) through the cervix into the uterus. A contrast media is injected into the uterus.
  • Under fluoroscopic x-ray, the uterus and fallopian tubes are visualized as they fill with contrast. X-ray images are obtained.
  • A cramping sensation during and after the procedure is common as well as some spotting.
  • The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes.

Preparation

  • Schedule between days 4 through 12 from the start of your menstrual cycle.
  • Cannot be during the heavy bleeding days of your menstrual flow.
  • Abstain from sexual intercourse during that menstrual cycle and for 24 hours after test is completed.
  • Eat a light breakfast, and nothing to eat after breakfast.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given you one.
  • Doctor may require pregnancy test prior to exam.
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