Regional Fertility Program
All HSG procedures are done on the fourth floor of the Foothills Medical Centre. Click here for a map to the hospital.
Yes, but try to avoid dairy products when taking the antibiotic because it can cause stomach upset.
The procedure itself takes about 5 minutes but you may be in the hospital up to an hour as there are other patients booked at the same time as you.
An HSG may cause mild or moderate uterine cramping for about five minutes. However, some women may experience cramps for several hours. The symptoms can be greatly reduced taking medications used for menstrual cramps.
Please arrive 20-30 minutes, prior to your appointment to ensure appropriate time to check-in.
An HSG is considered a very safe procedure. However, there are some recognized complications, some serious, which occur less than 1% of the time.
Tylenol extra strength 2 tablets 2 hours prior to the HSG .
You will generally be informed of the results at the time of the procedure. However, it is important to make a follow-up appointment with your physician at the same time the nurse books your HSG.
No, generally not in view of the risk of radiation exposure.
No, HSGs are only done Monday-Thursday @ 8:00 am or Fridays @ 8:30 am.
No, a HSG can't be done if you have full flow bleeding. However, if you are just lightly spotting you can still have the HSG done.
If there are no complications 3-4 days later.
Yes, but we recommend that someone drive you to and from the procedure in the event you may have abdominal cramping.
It all depends on how you feel, you may need to take a half day or a full day off work depending on how much cramping you have after the procedure.
The HSG is covered under your provincial health care plan.
It is controversial whether this procedure enhances fertility. Some studies indicate a slight increase in fertility lasting about three months after a normal HSG. Most physicians perform the HSG only for diagnostic reasons.