InfertilityHysterosalpingogram (HSG)

The only practice with in-office ultrasound HSGs.

Garrison Women’s Health uses several tools to help us identify the cause of infertility, including hysterosalpingograms (HSG). An HSG is used to detect whether the fallopian tubes are open or closed and if the shape of the uterine cavity is normal or abnormal.

We are able to perform this test right in our office or at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, and we are the only practice that performs HSGs in our office under ultrasound guidance.

What to expect when you have an HSG at Garrison Women’s Health.

While every woman is different, the procedure might cause slight to moderate discomfort. Your doctor will likely recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain medication an hour before your procedure to help alleviate any pain.

Once you arrive at our office, you will be brought to a room and prepared for the procedure. The procedure does not require general anesthesia, and the entire appointment from start to finish will likely be no more than an hour.

Your provider will insert a speculum into your vagina, use a swab to clean off the cervix, and insert a catheter. Your provider will use sterile water or saline with air bubbles and use ultrasound equipment to get a more complete picture of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

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Why would my fallopian tubes be closed?

There are a number of reasons why your fallopian tubes would be blocked, including scar tissue, a birth defect, infections, and pelvic adhesions, among others. One of the most important things infertility patients need is a diagnosis, which is a starting point towards a possible solution.