Pregnancy & Hysterosalpingogram

The hysterosalpingogam is more than just a mouthful, it is a test designed to ensure that part of the female tract is doing its job. Eggs are the female sex cells which need to be fertilised by the male sex cell (sperm). They are stored in the ovaries, from which they are released along a structure called the fallopian tubes to make their way to the uterus, where an egg fertilised by sperm implants into the wall of the womb.

The fallopian tubes are important for fertility as sperm must make their way to the ovaries along them, and after fertilisation the newly formed embryo (term used for the very first stage of newborn life, just after fertilisation) must make its way along the fallopian tube to the womb. A blockage in the fallopian tubes will therefore be detrimental to fertility.

The Hysterosalpingogram involves the injection of a specially formulated dye into the uterus. The dye then moves along into the fallopian tubes, and can be imaged using X-Rays. Any blockages or obstructions to the fallopian tubes can then be seen, allowing your doctor to potentially diagnose this relatively common cause of female infertility.

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