The HSG is a test in which a soft plastic catheter is inserted through the cervix up into the uterus and used to inject a colorless iodine-based dye into the uterus, while under a video-like x-ray system called fluoroscopy. The test is scheduled after the end of the menstrual cycle and prior to ovulation in order to avoid exposing a pregnancy to radiation or dye.
The images from the HSG tell us if the fallopian tubes are open and if there are fibroids, polyps or other abnormalities distorting the lining of the uterus. In some cases, the HSG itself may actually enhance your chances for pregnancy.
While the HSG is an important part of the infertility work up, it is not without risks. They include:
- infection (particularly if the tubes are blocked)
- allergic reaction to the dye
Although the HSG and SHG sound similar, they are somewhat different. Click here for information about the SHG.
Instructions for scheduling an HSG at Princeton IVF
- Please contact Tara at 609-512-4031 at the start of your period to schedule. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. She will schedule the test for just after your period is over.
- The doctor and PA performs these at Princeton Radiology at 419 N. Harrison St. in Princeton. It located one block past the
Princeton Shopping Center
- You will start antibiotics 2 days before the procedure
- Please bring your prescription to the procedure
- To reduce any pain, take 3 ibuprofen before you come in.
- If your insurance requires referrals or precertifications, it is your responsibility to insure
- Any pain you experience from the HSG should improve within a few hours after the procedure. If you have pain that does not improve, please let us know right away.