Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Testing
in Flowood, MS

In-Office Testing

A Hysterosalpingogram — or HSG — is a diagnostic test involving X-rays to examine the uterus and fallopian tubes. The procedure is typically performed on women who experience infertility or recurrent miscarriages, as it can reveal structural issues inhibiting their chances of conception.

When To Get an HSG Test

You typically want to get an HSG test right after finishing your menstrual cycle. Doing it during this time will ensure you have a low chance of pregnancy and will not be ovulating.

How To Prepare for an HSG Test

Preparing for an HSG test will minimize discomfort and reduce the risk of infection. Taking over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help alleviate discomfort or cramping experienced during the procedure.

Additionally, it is recommended that patients take antibiotics beforehand to prevent infection and ensure a smooth recovery process. Following these guidelines and communicating concerns or questions with your healthcare provider will make you feel confident and prepared for your upcoming HSG test.

What Happens During an HSG Test?

A contrast material is injected into the uterus through a catheter during the test. The material then fills the fallopian tubes, and X-rays are taken to determine if blockages or abnormalities are present. While HSG tests can be uncomfortable, they are important in diagnosing and treating female infertility.

After the Test

Once the test is over, patients should expect to experience cramps and spotting for a few days. Doctors typically recommend women abstain from strenuous activity during this time. Patients may also be advised to take pain medication or use a heating pad to ease discomfort. Lastly, following up with your doctor after the HSG test is essential to discuss the results. This information can be used to determine if further testing or treatment is needed.

What Will an HSG Test Reveal?

An HSG test may not always provide a definitive diagnosis, as this fertility testing method cannot detect some medical conditions and blockages alone. However, it will provide valuable insights into potential fertility issues, and when combined with complementary tests, it will help your doctor develop the best fertility treatment for you.

FAQ

What prevents me from getting an HSG test?
You cannot get an HSG if you’re pregnant or have a pelvic infection. Additionally, if you have uterine abnormalities or a structural blockage, such as an ovarian cyst or fibroid, it is not recommended to get an HSG.
Who performs the HSG test?
An HSG test is typically performed by Dr. Randall Hines or Dr. Marty Gebhart, both board-certified physicians.
What are the risks of HSG testing?
Although risks are very low, there is a chance you may experience mild cramping or discomfort during the procedure. Additionally, there’s a slight risk of infection or bleeding. However, patients can minimize these risks with careful preparation.
Does an HSG test increase my chance of becoming pregnant?
Getting an HSG test does not increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Still, it can help diagnose a potential issue preventing you from getting pregnant, such as a blocked or scarred fallopian tube, a major cause of infertility.
Does an HSG test clear my fallopian tubes?
No, an HSG test does not clear your fallopian tubes. However, the procedure will provide images of your fallopian tubes, which provides important insight into the cause of infertility. Depending on what is found during the HSG, your doctor may suggest additional treatments or procedures to increase your chances of conception.
Is it safe to try and become pregnant after my HSG test?
Yes, it is generally safe to attempt pregnancy after an HSG test. You should consult your doctor about the best time to start trying to conceive. Additionally, if any issues or abnormalities were revealed during the HSG test, your doctor may recommend taking specific steps prior to attempting conception to optimize your chances of success.