How to Prepare for a Hysterosalpingography

A hysterosalpingography is best performed one week after menstruation but before ovulation to make certain that you are not pregnant during the exam.

This procedure should not be performed if you have an active inflammatory condition. You should notify your doctor or technologist if you have a chronic pelvic infection or an untreated sexually transmitted disease at the time of the procedure.

On the night before the procedure, you may be asked to take a laxative or an enema to empty your bowels, so that the uterus and surrounding structures can be seen clearly.

Some doctors prescribe an antibiotic prior to and/or after the procedure.

You should inform your doctor of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to barium or iodinated contrast materials. Also inform your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.

You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You also may be asked to remove jewelry, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.

Women should always inform their doctor or X-ray technician if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.

Learn More About Pregnancy & X-rays>>