Our Manhattan Beach fertility center expert demystifies the HSG test for patients
When couples and individuals have difficulty getting pregnant, they often look to Mark Rispler, M.D., to find the answers to their fertility problems. As director of Innovative Fertility Center, Dr. Rispler utilizes advanced diagnostics to identify common causes of infertility. During a complete fertility evaluation at our Manhattan Beach fertility center, Dr. Rispler will usually recommend blood tests and an ultra-sound as a starting point. Depending on the specific situation, he may also suggest an HSG, or hysterosalpingogram, to view the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes.
An HSG provides valuable details to our Manhattan Beach fertility expert
If you have not been able to conceive, or if you have had multiple miscarriages, an HSG test can aid Dr. Rispler in determining any underlying issues. The HSG may highlight underlying problems.
- Structural abnormalities in the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Tubal blockages
- Uterine fibroids
- Failed tubal ligation reversal
What happens during the HSG?
Before the test begins, you may receive antibiotics and a mild pain pill for relaxation. During the HSG procedure, you will lie down on the table, and then the radiologist will insert a speculum into the vagina so that the cervix is visible. The catheter is inserted into uterus through the cervix, and then the dye is placed inside the tube. As the dye moves through the uterus and fallopian tubes, the radiologist takes x-rays. These pictures provide information that will assist Dr. Rispler with making his diagnosis.
The best time to schedule an HSG test is seven to 10 days after the start of your menstrual cycle. Typically, the HSG test only takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
After the procedure, you may experience mild cramping. Additionally, the dye will continue to leak out of the vagina, and you may see some slight spotting. If you develop severe cramping, a fever or vaginal bleeding that lasts for more than three days, call our office. Dr. Rispler will discuss the results during your follow-up visit to discuss next steps.
Trust our Manhattan Beach fertility center to provide positive results
Dr. Rispler understands the frustration and disappointment created by infertility. At Innovative Fertility Center, we employ leading-edge diagnostics and fertility treatments, including HSG testing, to identify potential challenges to a successful pregnancy. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation in our Manhattan Beach fertility center.