Prepare for a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Exam

Hysterosalpingography is an x-ray examination of a woman's uterus and fallopian tubes that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material.

Patient Safety Tips Prior to a Hysterosalpingogram

  • Please let us know if you have any allergies or adverse reactions to medications.
  • Please leave your valuables at home or in your room in the hospital.
  • Please let us know if you need interpreting services, this can be arranged for you.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications with you (out-patient). If you are taking any blood thinning medications, contact your doctor to discuss.

Preparation for the procedure

  • The exam should take place on days 7-10 after the beginning of your last menstrual bleeding.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled exam time.
  • You will be given a contrast screening form to complete.
  • The technologist will verify your identification and exam requested.
  • There will be an opportunity for you to talk to the radiologist about the plan for the procedure and give your consent.

During the procedure

  • The duration of the procedure will vary, but the average is about 45 minutes.
  • The technologist will position you on the exam table.
  • The technologist and radiologist will be available to answer any questions.

After the procedure

  • The patient may experience vaginal spotting (bleeding) and pelvic cramps for 1 day after the procedure.
  • Tylenol may be taken as indicated after the procedure for pain relief.
  • If you experience increased pain, fever, or heavy bleeding after the exam, contact your doctor immediately.