HSG Test

by Emma on January 17, 2012

Many women who are trying to conceive are taking a proactive approach and making sure that they are aware of anything and everything that has to do with getting pregnant and the pregnancy itself. One of the things that you will want to make yourself familiar with if you have not already would be that of the HSG test. But just what is HSG and what does it have to do with you conceiving?

HSG stands for hysterosalpingogram and it is an extremely important test for the fertility of the female. This is not a test that is done at home. Instead, this is a test that is generally done in the radiology department of your local outpatient facility or even your local hospital.

During the HSG test, there is a dye, known as a radiographic contrast, that is injected through the vagina and the cervix and into the uterine cavity. The dye begins to fill the uterine cavity, as well as the fallopian tubes. If the fallopian tubes are not open, they will not be filled. When the fallopian tubes are filled, the dye will spill over into the cavity of the abdomen. This allows professionals to see whether there is a blocked or open tube.

With the help of the HSG test, health care professionals will also be able to detect the presence of uterine scar tissues, congenital uterine anomalies, fibroid tumors and polyps. As you can see, there is a great deal of benefit to having this test performed. If will allow doctors to see what problem, if there is one, is causing a delay in conception. It also allows them to determine the next best course of action.

There have been studies that have suggested that the HSG test increased the chances of conception. It is believed that the flushing of the woman’s tubes allowed a cleanout of sorts of a very minor blockage. That minor blockage might have been what was preventing the couple from conceiving and the flushing from the HSG test solved their problem.

As far as the difficulty of the test, there really is not much to it. The test itself generally only takes about five minutes. The thing is though, because the HSG test is commonly performed in the radiology department or clinic, you should allot a certain amount of time to register.

It is important to be aware that there have been some complications reported from the HSG tests. While the risks or complications are fairly uncommon, it is still important to make sure that you are well aware of them. There have been a few cases where an allergic reaction was reported, which generally consisted of nothing more than a rash. Even more uncommon is that of an uterine perforation or pelvic infection.

Now that you know a little more about the HSG test and what it might be able to do for you, you may want to speak to your doctor about it. If you have been having trouble conceiving, this might just be the test you have been waiting for.

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