The hysterosalpingogram, or HSG, is an X-ray procedure to evaluate your uterus and fallopian tubes. This procedure involves the introduction of dye that blocks x-rays into the uterus through a small catheter placed through the cervix. X-rays are then taken as the dye passes through the uterus and out the ends of the fallopian tubes. This procedure generally takes only about 10-15 minutes to complete. Since an x-ray dye is used, please let your doctor know if you are allergic to iodine. A second X-ray may be taken one hour after the initial procedure. Please follow the instructions listed below.

An HSG should be performed after you have stopped bleeding, but before you ovulate; this is generally between cycle days 6 and 12. Our appointments secretary will assist you in scheduling at just the right time in your cycle.

Some patients experience mild, menstrual-like cramps. We recommend that you take Advil or Motrin approximately 30 - 45 minutes before your scheduled appointment to minimize any discomfort. It is normal to have vaginal spotting for a couple of days after the procedure. Most patients have no problems following an HSG.

You will be informed of the preliminary results at the time of the procedure. For further discussion of your results and treatment plan, please schedule an appointment to see Dr. Steinkampf about two weeks after your HSG.

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