What is it?

A HSG consists of an x-ray procedure to see whether the fallopian tubes are patent (open) and if the inside of the uterus is normal.

Why is it used?

This is a useful test in determining if there are any blockages in the fallopian tubes or abnormalities of the uterus.

What is involved?

A HSG is conducted after the menstrual period ends, but before ovulation occurs. The HSG test is an outpatient appointment (30-minutes or less) and involves injecting an iodine-based dye into the cervical canal, through to the uterine cavity and into the fallopian tubes. The dye is used so to create a "glow" on the x-ray indicating areas of the fallopian tubes and uterus where flow is permitted to flow through. This shows where obstructions or abnormalities may be present.

How much does the test cost?

The HSG is performed by a private clinic not associated with Concept. Please discuss associated fees with the clinic during your booking.

Will I experience any discomfort?

There is some local pelvic discomfort that may be experienced with the HSG test, including uterine cramping for approximately five to ten minutes. These symptoms can be greatly reduced by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (e.g. naprosyn) prior to the procedure. You will be able to resume your normal activities after the HSG, however intercourse should be avoided for two days.

What happens after the test?

Results will be sent directly to your fertility specialist and discussed with you at your next appointment.

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