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The test may also be performed to investigate the condition of your uterus for scarring or fibroids.

What happens during HSG?

HSG is usually takes no more than 30 minutes. There is usually no anaesthetic required but you may be given local anaesthetic to slightly numb your cervix. A tiny catheter is inserted through your cervix. Contrast dye is inserted into your uterus so your consultant can examine your organs. Be sure the tell staff if you have any allergies. They may view images on monitor during your procedure. 

If the x-ray shows an abnormally shaped uterus or the dye does not flow freely out of your fallopian tubes your consultant may want to repeat the procedure or order different tests to confirm the result. 

Going home after HSG

You may be asked to wait a short time following HSG to allow any cramping to settle and ensure you do not have an allergic reaction. During and for a few days after your HSG you may experience cramping similar to period pain. You may be advised to take over the counter pain medication such as Paracetamol prior to this procedure to ease any discomfort.

You may also experience discharge or slight bleeding as the dye makes its way out of your body. You should use sanitary towels (not tampons) until this settles. Most women go home shortly after this procedure and return to normal activities the next day. 

As with any procedure there can be complications. These might include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to the dye used

Find your nearest hospital that provides this test

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624 488
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4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavy Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

0141 334 9441

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

0113 388 2111
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

01912 816 131
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Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775 861
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Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 360 100
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Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
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