Hysterosalpingogram is a procedure that is routinely performed on women who have difficulties getting pregnant naturally. It is an excellent test for not only evaluating the fallopian tubes of a patient but also for assessing if the uterus bears the normal shape as well as ensuring that the cavity isn’t adversely affected by polyps, fibroids or scar tissue. The assistance of fluoroscopy (a type of x-ray) is needed for HSG to be performed.
Normally, a dye is put through a tube which inserted in the uterus through the vagina. Since both uterus and fallopian tubes are connected, the dye flows into the fallopian tubes. The x-ray pictures are then used to detect if there are problems such as abnormal structure of the fallopian tubes or uterus, possible injuries or even blockage capable of preventing egg passage. Blockage of the fallopian tube is also capable of preventing the sperm from meeting an egg.
Contrary to the HSG experiences narrated to you these past few days, you will be pleasantly surprised once the test is performed on you. Your doctor will gently infuse the dye into the cavity and some cramping might occur which is even less than what you experience in menstrual periods. According to experts who perform this kind of procedure, majority of people who complain about intense cramping are those whose fallopian tubes have blocked. There is always increased pressure if the dye cannot go through the tube. In many instances, as soon as the patient expresses intense discomfort the catheter is normally removed for immediate relief. Nevertheless, ibuprofen and similar drugs are usually advocated one hour before the procedure is performed.
Can HSG unblock tubes?
This is usually a common question among patients suffering from infertility. Some research studies have shown that HSG can improve a woman’s fertility by opening clogged fallopian tubes. One of the biggest advantage of HSG is that, if oil soluble dye is utilized, pregnancy rates increases which render the procedure not only therapeutic but also diagnostic. It is also nonsurgical, requires no anesthesia and is relatively less expensive compared to other fertility procedures.