Diagnostic hysteroscopy and hysterosalpingography (uterine imaging)
Diagnostic hysteroscopy and hysterosalpingography (uterine imaging) are two very important tests done before starting fertility treatments as well as in cases of repeated miscarriages and infertility. These tests can save valuable time and heartache because, if a problem is discovered, it provides an opportunity to resolve it ahead of time by avoiding having to undergo expensive treatments and by shortening conception time.
What is the hysterosalpingography test?
The main purpose of uterine imaging is to check whether the uterine cavity is in good shape and whether the passages in the fallopian tubes are clear to allow the egg and the sperm to meet. The test is performed by injecting a contrast agent into the uterine cavity and into the fallopian tubes.
Women are referred for the hysterosalpingography test as part of infertility testing and prior to getting fertility treatments to find out if the source of the fertility problem is a blockage or some other finding in the uterine cavity and/or in the fallopian tubes.
What is diagnostic hysteroscopy?
Diagnostic hysteroscopy is a test in which a camera is inserted into the uterine cavity in order to look at it. The test is needed when diagnosing abnormal conditions in the uterus, such as for investigation and diagnosis of infertility, investigation of repeated miscarriages, and it is an important test before starting IVF treatments. The test can find out if the structure of the uterus is normal and if there are polyps, fibroids, adhesions, etc. in the uterus.
It’s important to know that hysterosalpingography and diagnostic hysteroscopy are complementary tests and do not replace each other.