What is it?
A Hysterosalpingogram is an X-ray test that is done in a radiology practice or department. It involves the injection of a radio opaque dye into the uterine cavity under pressure and taking an X-ray to show where the dye has flowed.
Why is it used?
It gives useful information about the size and shape of the uterine cavity, the contour of the walls of the cavity of the womb, the state of the fallopian tubes and the presence or otherwise of pelvic adhesions. As such it is a useful part of an initial infertility assessment.
Who is it suitable for?
Any woman who is seeking medical advice because of delay in conceiving will potentially benefit from a HSG. This is particularly appropriate for women with; known uterine fibroids, a past history of uterine surgery, pelvic infection or an as yet undiagnosed menstrual disturbance.
How will I feel?
There is some local pelvic discomfort associated with HSG's. This comes in part from manipulation of the cervix and also from the uterus as it is stretched by the distending fluid.