Preparing Yourself for an HSG -Before, During, and After!

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Infertility can be challenging for couples. Every person that visits a fertility doctor has their own medical history or needs. However, blockage in your fallopian tubes can interfere with your pregnancy, restricting eggs’ free movement in the fallopian tube. 

If your doctor suspects the fallopian tube blockage, he may advise you to get an HSG examination to determine the cause of infertility. In this blog, we will focus on how to prepare yourself for HSG in Celebration to make the experience hassle-free and more straightforward.

 Before Your HSG Exam: 

  1. HSG is usually done between 5 to 10 days of your menstruation cycle to make sure you are not pregnant. If you have a fluctuating cycle or you are unsure about the cycle, your doctor may advise you to get a pregnancy test done before the exam. 
  2. Wear comfortable clothes for your HSG. In addition, avoid heavy meals before the exam.
  3. Ensure to tell your doctor about any allergies you have, especially if you are allergic to Novocaine, Betadine, or Lodine. 
  4. As the catheter is inserted, you can expect light cramps. Therefore, take over-the-counter painkillers an hour before the procedure. Your doctor’s advice will work the best. 
  5. While many people can safely drive back to their home, think about someone who can help you drive back to your home if you feel unwell. 
  6. Consult your doctor if you need any antibiotics. Sometimes the doctor may advise you to take antibiotics prior to HSG to avoid any chances of infection. 
  7. Usually, spotting is expected after the HSG test, along with the contrast dye leakage. Carry a pad with you so that you can protect your clothes from the stain. As the dye is expelled gradually from the uterus, you may have to wear a pad to protect your clothes for a few more days. 

After Your HSG Test:

  1. If you feel dizzy or experience a headache, inform your doctor immediately. 
  2. Avoid using tampons since you will be experiencing a slight discharge. Using a pad is a convenient option.
  3. Cramps are normal after an HSG. Ask your doctor if you can take over-the-counter painkillers if the cramps are severe. Do not take medications without the approval of your doctor. 
  4. Look out for severe symptoms such as heavy bleeding, nausea, vomiting, fever, unusual vaginal discharge, severe abdominal pain, or a foul smell from the vagina. 

Depending on the results, your doctor may advise you to get additional tests done or recommend appropriate medications or surgery options to cure or correct the problem. 

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