|Female Reproductive Organs|
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Reasons for Test
- Abnormal bleeding
- Abnormal pubertal development
- Traumatic injury
- The presence of foreign objects
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Schedule the test within the first 10 days after your period starts. This timing will decrease the chance of disturbing an unknown pregnancy.
Your doctor may ask you to:
- Take pain medicine or antibiotics.
- Take a laxative or enema.
- Have a light meal the night before. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, unless told otherwise by your doctor.
- Plan to wear comfortable clothes.
- Arrange for a ride to and from the test.
Description of Test
- Expect some bleeding for a few days after the test.
- Use over-the-counter pain medicine to relieve discomfort as needed.
- An antibiotic may be ordered to prevent infection. Take all of the pills that are given.
- Do not stop the medicine, unless told otherwise by your doctor.
- Do not use tampons or engage in sexual intercourse for 48 hours after the procedure.
- Baths and showers are okay.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Increased pain
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Itching, hives, or rash
- Difficulty breathing and/or swallowing
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
National Women's Health Information Center http://www.womenshealth.gov
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/
Hunt RM, Siegler AM. Hysterosalpingography: Techniques and Interpretation. Chicago, IL: Yearbook Medical Publishers; 1990.
Hysterosalpingography. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq143.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20121219T1452148438 . Accessed December 19, 2012.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012
- Update Date: 11/26/2012