HSG showing blocked fallopian tube HSG showing uterine septum
This test is used to examine a woman's uterus and fallopian tubes. It is essentially an x-ray procedure in which a dye is injected through the cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes. This "dye" appears white on the x-ray, and allows your doctor to see if there are any abnormalities, such as an unusually shaped uterus, tumors, scar tissue or blockages in the fallopian tubes. If you are trying to get pregnant in the same cycle as an HSG, make sure to schedule the test PRIOR to ovulation so that there is no danger of "flushing out" a released egg or developing embryo.
Although most women report only minor cramping and short-term discomfort during this procedure, a small number of women, especially those who have blocked tubes, report stronger cramping or pain. Speak to your doctor about taking a pain medication about 30 minutes prior to the actual procedure to prevent any cramps.
It is important to let your doctor know if you are allergic to iodine, shellfish, or if you have had a previous reaction to dye used for a medical test.
Our physicians perform HSGs themselves so that you will have your results immediately available.