When Is The Best Time to Have an HSG Test?
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Dr. Namita Kotia has been practicing infertility treatment at Aastha Fertility Care since 2010, and during this time, she has helped around 2000+ couples become parents through IVF treatment and also other assisted reproductive technology (ART) methods like ICSI, IUI, GIFT, etc. Dr. Namita provides her patients with the best possible care and treatment options.
If you have visited Aastha fertility Care for your infertility problem, the first step toward diagnosing the real cause of Infertility is prescribing an HSG test. During the HSG test, a dye is inserted into the uterus cavity using the vagina and cervix. This radiographic contrast dye further fills fallopian tubes and spills into the abdominal cavity due to the open end. Blocked fallopian tubes will prevent the spilling of dye. Couples who have opted for tubal sterilization also get reassurance about closed tubes through HSG.
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Since HSG involves radiation, we are very particular about when it should be done. We avoid HSG
- When you are not ovulating,
- If we find the patient is pregnant,
- If the patient has any pelvic infection,
- When the patient is bleeding.
Speaking pragmatically, for doctors, a hysterosalpingogram is the standard procedure for better understanding a woman’s infertility struggles. We suggest the best time for a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to get your case’s official diagnosis. The diagnosis also helps us know about tubal occlusion, uterine malformations, pelvic inflammation, and Asherman’s syndrome. Only after HSG a clearer perspective is shared with the patient regarding the success rate of infertility treatment.
Dr. Namita Kotia, director of Aastha Fertility Care, shares her perspective on the HSG test, whether is it painful, the HSG cost, and when it should be done.
What Is A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Test?
In a hysterosalpingogram (HSG), your fallopian tubes and uterus are observed using an X-ray dye. A procedure like this usually takes less than 5 minutes, and you can return home the same day once the process is complete.
The procedure is likely to be performed after your period but before you ovulate since you’re less likely to become pregnant. This procedure will probably happen during the first half of your cycle, between days 1 and 14.
You cannot become pregnant if the fallopian tube is blocked somewhere, which prevents sperm or fertilized eggs from reaching the uterus. However, having a partially blocked tube could result in an ectopic pregnancy.
When Is The Best Time to Have an HSG Test?
It is common for doctors to recommend the procedure without telling you when it would be best to conduct the test. It is essential to understand the emotional distress of women who are trying to conceive but are not being able to do so, which is why the specialist at Aastha Fertility clinic keenly identify the right time to perform the test to increase the success rate of infertility treatments.
HSG test gives a clear picture of your uterus when performed between day 8 and day 11 of your cycle, as menstruation ends and ovulation begins on day 12.
Can HSG Be Done On the 6th, 7th, or 8th Day?
Yes, it can be done because this test is generally performed between days 6 and 10 of your menstrual cycle after blood flow stops. This test ensures that you are not pregnant and you are safe with x-rays in HSG procedures, which emit radiation. A pregnancy test may be required if you do not have menstrual periods.
Performing it any earlier may give false images, and we may need to repeat the test.
Is it painful to have an HSG test?
There is a possibility of mild discomfort or pain after an HSG, both during and after the procedure. It is possible to experience cramping when your doctor inserts the dye solution into the uterus. The cramping may be a bit more if your tubes are blocked.
Cramping after your procedure may last anywhere from five minutes to a few hours when it has been performed at the right time. To ease cramps, our experts prescribe medications such as Hyoscine bromide, aspirin, ibuprofen 800mg, etc.
Is It Necessary To Repeat HSG Test?
When HSG is not done at the right time, we may not have clear images, which calls for a repeat. Repeating the HSG test can be avoided by the patient by mentioning the accurate menstrual cycle and the last period date.
If you are looking for other alternatives to HSG tests, then Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy, Sonohysterography, and Sonohysterosalpingography are our other ways to diagnose the real cause of infertility.
What’s The Cost of HSG Test
You should know the price if you are considering getting the HSG test in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Aastha Fertility is the leading IVF facility with an affordable HSG cost ranging from 700-2000 INR with a magnificent success rate & highly qualified doctors.
What makes Aastha Fertility Care the Best choice for infertility issues?
It has been our mission since 2005 to provide you with solutions for infertility with the satisfaction and results you want. A team of experienced and most recommended IVF specialists works hard to achieve the best results. Also, many advanced procedures other than HSG are available at the IVF clinic, such as Hysteroscopy, egg preservation, etc., which can greatly assist a couple in conceiving a child.
If you are also planning for an HSG test and want to know when is the best time to have this test, schedule your appointment with our best doctors to get the best advice.