Hysterosalpingogram Test - Importance and Procedure

May 5, 2018

Pregnancy is one of the toughest, yet, the most beautiful phases of a woman’s life. However, conception has been a challenge for some women who have faced problems with fertility. For a successful conception, the well-being of every reproductive organ is very important. One of these organs is the Fallopian Tubes and the Uterus. When you are scheduled for an HSG test, for some women anxiety may kick in. What to expect? How to prepare for the test? Will it hurt? What is the aftermath of the test? These are some several questions that can keep you on your toes.

Hysterosalpingogram or HSG is an important test. Why?

Because it allows the visualization of the inside of the uterus and fallopian tube. This test is undertaken in order to evaluate the female fertility potential and to identify any abnormalities. This test is carried out using an X-Ray and is carried out in the hospital’s radiology department.

Procedure of HSG Test:

In this procedure, a thin catheter is inserted through the passage of the cervix into the uterus along with a special radiopaque contrast material dye. This injected dye moves forward, and it is traced, in order to see the shape of the uterus and fallopian tubes. This path of the dye is analysed with the help of a fluoroscopic x-ray, which determines its movement through the reproductive system. In case of any blockage, the dye stops moving forward and it helps determine the particular point of blockage in the tubes. If the dye flows without stopping, it indicates that there is no blockage in the tubes. In the cases of blockage in the fallopian tubes, doctors recommend a laparoscopy treatment or other surgical procedure may also be performed.

IVF is the most recommended method of treatment because in IVF, the treatment bypasses the fallopian tubes completely. It has a very high success rate for women with tubal factor infertility. If your doctor has recommended you undergo an HSG test, there are certain things that you should be careful about and need to keep in mind. Some of them are;

• Consider only the best Fertility Specialists because the risk of catching an infection after the test is high.

• Take an advice from your doctor about any antibiotics or painkillers you need to take before the test.

• Mention the allergies you have, especially from Iodine, Betadine, and Novocaine.

• Wear comfortable clothing and carry a sanitary napkin with you, just in case the dye causes spotting.

After an HSG Test is completed, mild cramping might be experienced, which can be cured by anti-inflammatory pain medication or as per the advice of your doctor. The dye HSG also unblocks minor blockages in the fallopian tubes as females have successfully conceived right after undergoing an HSG Test. Apollo Fertility has the best team of doctors who will help you with successful treatments along with all the solutions to your fertility problems.

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