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What is a hysterosalpingogram (HSG)?

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

An HSG, otherwise known as a hysterosalpingogram, is a procedure in which an instrument is placed in the patient's cervix and dye is injected into the cervix and the uterus so as to see if the patient's uterine contour is normal as well as to see if the patient's fallopian tubes are open. This is a commonly performed test in the workup for infertility.

Tanmoy Mukherjee, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
This test is used to examine a woman's uterus and fallopian tubes. It is essentially an x-ray procedure in which a dye is injected through the cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes. This dye appears white on the x-ray, allowing the radiologist and your doctor to see if there are any abnormalities, such as an unusually shaped uterus, tumors, scar tissue, or blockages in the fallopian tubes. If you are trying to get pregnant in the same cycle as an HSG, make sure to schedule the test PRIOR to ovulation so that there is no danger of "flushing out" a released egg or developing embryo.

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