If you have fertility challenges with no apparent cause, you might need to undergo hysterosalpingography (HSG). Samuel Wood, MD, PhD, MA, MBA, HCLD/CC(ABB), FACOG, and his team at Gen 5 Fertility Center in San Diego, California, are experts in procedures like HSG. They can identify problems with your uterus and fallopian tubes that could be causing difficulties with conception. To learn more about HSG, call Gen 5 Fertility Center today or go online to book an appointment.
HSG (hysterosalpingography) is an investigative procedure the Gen 5 Fertility Center team uses to examine the uterus and fallopian tubes in detail.
HSG involves having an injection of contrast medium (dye) into your uterus and fallopian tubes. The dye shows up on a digital X-ray screen, clearly outlining abnormalities in the tissues.
Your Gen 5 Fertility Center provider might recommend HSG if they need to check your uterus or fallopian tubes for blockages or other problems that could affect your fertility. Conditions affecting these organs could also cause pregnancy complications if you conceive.
HSG is a minimally invasive procedure and is typically very safe. However, you shouldn’t have one if you’re pregnant, experiencing heavy bleeding, or have a pelvic infection.
HSG requires very few preparations. The Gen 5 Fertility Center team might recommend taking over-the-counter pain medications an hour before the procedure to ensure you remain comfortable. Some people may benefit from antibiotic treatment before their HSG.
Timing is important with HSG. You need to undergo the procedure during the first half (days 1-14) of your menstrual cycle. That reduces the risk of undergoing the procedure when you’re pregnant.
The HSG procedure is straightforward and shouldn’t cause discomfort. You lie on your back as you would for a pelvic exam, and your provider opens your vagina with a speculum.
They clean and numb the cervix, which could cause a slight pinching sensation. Then, your provider passes a cannula (slim, flexible tube) through the opening. Your provider puts you under an X-ray machine. They slowly fill your uterus with the dye and take the X-rays.
Your provider discusses the findings of the HSG with you and advises on any treatment you need.
You might feel tired or a little uncomfortable after your HSG, so arrange for transport home rather than driving yourself.
To learn more about the HSG procedure and how it could benefit you, call Gen 5 Fertility Center today and speak with a friendly staff member or book an appointment online.