A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray test that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area around them. It often is done for women who are having a hard time becoming pregnant (infertile).During a hysterosalpingogram, a dye is put through a thin tube that is put through the vagina and into the uterus. Because the uterus and the fallopian tubes are hooked together, the dye will flow into the fallopian tubes. Pictures are taken using a steady beam of X-ray as the dye passes through the uterus and fallopian tubes. The pictures can show problems such as an injury or abnormal structure of the uterus or fallopian tubes, or a blockage that would prevent an egg moving through a fallopian tube to the uterus. A blockage also could prevent sperm from moving into a fallopian tube and joining (fertilizing) an egg. A hysterosalpingogram also may find problems on the inside of the uterus that prevent a fertilized egg from attaching (implanting) to the uterine wall.
I did exactly what they told me to; ate something an hour in advance and took a few pain relievers like Advil.
Well, I am not clinically infertile--but if I am going to a fertility specialist, in order for my insurance to cover treatments--I have to claim infertility. And so, the tests...
Actually, I don't mind so much. I would rather have tests before I go through all of the trouble and make sure that all my girlie parts are in working order. It would really suck to try for 6 months only to find out you have high FSH or a less-than-perfect uterus causing your problems (and in our case, wasting LOTS of precious, limited insurance money).