Hysterosalpingogram  – huge long word ! Its the study of the fallopian tubes.  Essentially a test that can be performed to test whether the fallopian tubes are patent.


This is the female anatomy.  For a baby to be created, an egg is released from the ovary and it travels down the fallopian tube. At the same time, during sexual intercourse, sperm is introduced into the uterine cavity through the cervix. They swim up into the fallopian tubes where they meet the egg and fertilisation occurs. The egg continues to travel through the fallopian tube to the uterine cavity and implants – the start of a pregnancy.


You can see the problem….. If for some reason such as adhesions or infection has damaged the fallopian tubes and blocked them, the egg and sperm do not meet, then no pregnancy no matter how long you try – infertility.



  • A fine catheter is inserted into the uterine cavity through the cervix.
  • Radio-opaque dye is pushed through the catheter into the uterine cavity and into the Fallopian Tubes. This dye can be
    detected in ultrasound scan.
  • The dye travels through the Fallopian Tubes and spills out of the ends, showing the tube is patent.
  • If the dye does not spill out of the Fallopian Tubes, they are blocked.

Mr Penman performs the hysterosalpingogram himself, as part of the Infertility Programme.  If you would like to see him with regard to infertility issues, please either call the Spire Alexandra Hospital or send a booking form following the link here.

Gynaecology Appointment Booking





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