What is the next step after HSG test?
After your HSG has been completed, your physician will discuss the results with you, including any significant findings about your uterus and fallopian tubes. If your tubes are blocked, or if you have a uterine polyp or fibroid, your physician will review these findings and discuss potential future treatment options with you.
Upon completion of the procedure, you will be able to resume normal activity.
Are there any long term side effects of HSG test?
You can expect some mild cramping and/or spotting - both are completely normal.
Any discharge you have will be very sticky, as it is the same consistency as the dye used during the procedure. You will be provided with a pad and hygiene towelette after your HSG to clean up and protect your clothes from any potential dye discharge.
There are no expected long term side effects of hysterosalpingography.
Are there any risks to an HSG?
Severe problems after an HSG are rare (only occurring in around 1% of cases). These include an allergic reaction to the contrast dye, injury to the uterus, or pelvic infection. Always call your Care Team if you have any fever, severe pain or cramping following after your HSG.
FAQs About Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
Now that you have a good idea of what to expect at your HSG, let's cover a few more common questions we hear from fertility patients about the procedure.
Can an HSG cure my infertility?
Occasionally, the contrast dye used during an HSG pushes through and opens a blocked fallopian tube. If this occurs, you may be able to conceive more efficiently without additional fertility treatment.
Each case is unique, so while can be a welcome "side effect" of the procedure, it isn't the result for every patient (nor is it the primary goal of an HSG).
Saline Sonogram vs. HSG
The goal of a saline sonogram (SHG) is to evaluate the endometrial lining of your uterus, making sure you have no polyps, fibroids, or scar tissue that could affect the successful implantation of an embryo.
The primary goal of a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is to identify whether your fallopian tubes are open or blocked.
Why do I have to have both an HSG and SHG?
We require both tests in most cases because they each provide important information that helps your physician develop the best treatment plan for you.
By making sure your uterine lining is free of any defects and your fallopian tubes are open for fertilization to occur, we can eliminate quite a few potential obstacles to conception.
Every Step of the Process Matters
While the diagnostic phase of any fertility journey can be time-consuming and frustrating at times, it is absolutely essential to your success. By carefully evaluating your uterus, fallopian tubes, hormone levels, and other factors, you and your physician will gain vital information that will allow you to plot the most efficient path towards achieving your goals.
If you're feeling nervous about your upcoming HSG, remember that any potential discomfort or pain will only last around 30 seconds total, and your Care Team will be there to support you throughout the entire procedure.
Each stage of the family-building process brings a unique challenge, but in the end, it's all worth it - because you can be certain you've done everything you can to succeed!