The “sono-HSG” is an ultrasound exam in which saline is injected through the cervix into the uterine cavity to illustrate the inner shape of the uterus and degree of openness (patency) of the fallopian tubes. The exam is performed in one of our offices by Dr. Russell or a Clinician and an assistant.
Sonohysterography can find the underlying cause of many problems, including abnormal uterine bleeding, infertility, and repeated miscarriage. It is able to detect the following:
- Abnormal growths inside the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps, and information about their size and depth.
- Scar tissue inside the uterus.
- Abnormal uterine shape.
- Problems with the lining of the uterus.
- Whether the fallopian tubes are open or blocked.
This procedure is performed between cycle day 5-12, cycle day 1 is the first day of full flow of your menstrual cycle. There is no special preparation needed for the exam, although you may want to empty your bladder prior to the test.
You may experience some discomfort with this procedure and may take Tylenol, Advil or Motrin one hour prior to the procedure to decrease any cramping, which may occur. Occasionally, prophylactic antibiotics may be prescribed, if you have a known history of pelvic infections.
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