HSG Advantages Disadvantages

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question - November 19

Hi, I was suggested to have my hsg done this month; can someone tell me more about how the test is? what to expect? adv/disadv of this test

 

Erin - November 20

As far as I know there are not any disadvantages of the test. The advantages are first that it will indicate if there is any type of blockage in your fallopian tubes, and secondly, I guess it kind of flushes them out from and little things that could be in there even if they're not blocked. I just had an HSG done last month, and it is interesting to watch eveything on the monitor. I took advil before I went in, but it pains still felt like Severe mentrual cramps. Once the procedure is over the pain stops. Warning: the dye they insert comes right back out as soon as you stand up. Hope this helps.

 

Lava - November 21

It is kind of a painful test, but not an unbearable one, it feels like period cramps only during the operation. It is a tool to see whether your tubes are blocked. The most important is that in many cases it promotes fertility. I had mine in January 2013 and I finally got pregnant in one month after 1 1/2 year of ttc. You may know all that. I just want to add another piece of information you may not be aware of: Hysterosalpingography can be accomplished with either oil or water-soluble contrast medium and, according to several studies, oil-soluble contrast media appear to increase pregnancy rates more than water-soluble contrast media. Ask the doctor to use an oil-soluble one. It is more expensive but I think it worths it. Please search "Does a hysterosalpingogram make you more fertile?" if you are interested. (I am not allowed by the system to post the exact site addresses.)

 

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