Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a X-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes used to diagnose tubal obstruction as a cause of infertility, detect fibroids, polyps or developmental abnormalities and to evaluate cervical problems.

The exam will be scheduled during the early part of your menstrual cycle.

During Your Procedure

  • You will be placed in a position similar to a pelvic exam.
  • Your gynecologist will place a speculum in your vagina.
  • A small tube is then inserted into the cervix and X-ray dye is injected through the tube.
  • The dye fills the uterus and fallopian tubes so they can be seen on X-ray.
  • A number of pictures will be taken.
  • There may be some cramping when the dye is introduced. For most women, the cramping decreases a few minutes after the exam.
  • The actual exam takes about 10-15 minutes once the doctor has arrived.

After Your Procedure

  • It is normal to have some spotting or light bleeding.
  • If you experience heavy bleeding or a fever at any time following the exam, notify your doctor immediately.
  • Do not use tampons, douche or have intercourse for 24 hours after the exam.
  • You may take ibuprofen or Tylenol as needed for cramping.
  • Your doctor will be contacted with the results of your test and will discuss the results with you.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

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