Fertility treatment cannot begin until your doctor understands the root cause of a couple’s infertility. Discover the root cause of your infertility through accurate diagnostic testing. Thorough testing includes blood work to evaluate hormone levels, semen analysis to evaluate male fertility, and a hysterosalpinogram (HSG) to view the condition of the uterus and fallopian tubes. HSG test results help your fertility care team understand the underlying cause of why you can't get pregnant and create a treatment plan addressing your specific needs.
Infertilitly Treatment - HSG
A hysterosalpinogram - HSG - is a diagnostic test allowing fertility specialists to view the anatomy of the uterus and fallopian tubes. To perform a HSG, a speculum is inserted into the woman’s vagina, similar to that in a Pap smear procedure. This allows the doctor to evaluate the health of a woman's reproductive system.
During the procedure, a small thin catheter is placed through the cervix into the uterus. Through the catheter, a special dye is inserted. By using a specialized X-ray, the fertility care team is able to watch as the dye moves through the uterus, revealing any abnormalities impeding natural conception. Then, the dye should travel up to and through the fallopian tubes. If the dye does not travel through the fallopian tubes, it is an indication that the tubes are blocked.
The HSG Procedure
From beginning to end, the HSG process takes less than an hour. It is common for women to feel some discomfort during or after the procedure. Women who have a history of an ectopic pregnancy or blocked fallopia tubes may experience more than usual discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, patients can return to regular daily activities.
Infertilty Treatment diagnostic testing
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