Benefits vs Risks of a Hysterosalpingography

Benefits of a Hysterosalpingography

  • Hysterosalpingography is a minimally invasive procedure with rare complications.
  • Hysterosalpingography is a relatively short procedure that can provide valuable information on a variety of abnormalities that cause infertility or problems carrying a fetus to term.
  • Hysterosalpingography can occasionally open fallopian tubes that are blocked allowing the patient to become pregnant afterward.
  • No radiation remains in a patient's body after an X-ray.
  • X-rays usually have no side effects.

Risks Associated With A Hysterosalpingography

  • There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk.
  • In the event of a chronic inflammatory condition, pelvic infection or untreated sexually transmitted disease, be certain to notify the physician or technologist before the procedure to avoid worsening of infection.
  • Women should always inform their physician or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

The effective radiation dose from this procedure is about the same as the average person receives from background radiation in four months.