What Is A Hysterosalpingogram?
A hysterosalpingogram is a test for infertility that studies the fallopian tubes and is used to detect whether or not they are open and unobstructed.
The image opposite show 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.
If for some reason, such as adhesions or infection, the fallopian tubes are damaged and blocked, egg and sperm do not meet and no pregnancy can occur, not matter how often you try.
What Happens During A Hysterosalpingogram?
- 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 if the tube is open and unobstructed
- If the dye does not spill out of the fallopian tubes, this means they are blocked
Who Performs My Hysterosalpingogram?
Dr Penman performs the hysterosalpingogram himself, as part of the Infertility Package.
If you would like to see him with regard to infertility issues, please following the link below to make a booking.
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