A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a procedure that uses an X-ray to look at your fallopian tubes and uterus. It usually takes less than 5 minutes and you can go home the same day.
How to Prepare for HSG?
Your doctor might tell you to take an over-the-counter pain medication an hour before your HSG. She may also have you take an antibiotic. She’ll discuss her recommendations with you beforehand.
You’ll likely be able to drive yourself home after the procedure, but you might want a friend or loved one to pick you up in case you don’t feel well.
How It’s Done?
Your gynecologist will perform the test in her office or clinic. You’ll start by lying down on a table under an X-ray imager called a fluoroscope. She’ll insert a speculum into your vagina to keep it open, and then clean your cervix.
Next she’ll insert a thin tube called a cannula into your cervix and gently fill your uterus with a liquid containing iodine. The iodine contrasts with your uterus and fallopian tubes on the X-rays.