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screenshot156Hysterosalpingography is an X-ray procedure that is done to view the uterus, fallopian tubes and the area around them. The procedure would take place at St. Mary’s Hospital and is often performed on a patient with infertility problems. With an HSG, they can look at the fallopian tubes to see if they are partly or fully blocked and also look at the inside of the uterus to show if it is of normal size and shape. Both of these could lead to infertility or pregnancy problems. An HSG can also be performed a few months after a tubal sterilization procedure is performed to make sure that the fallopian tubes have not been completely blocked. For the procedure, a contrast medium which is a fluid, that contains a dye, is put through a thin tube that is put through the vagina and into the uterus. Since the uterus and fallopian tubes are hooked together the contrast will flow through the tubes. X-rays are taken as the contrast passes through the tubes. These pictures can show problems such as an injury or an abnormal structure of the uterus or fallopian tubes, or a blockage that would prevent an egg from moving through a fallopian tube into the uterus. With the pictures taken, you may also find problems on the inside of the uterus that would prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. After this procedure you could experience some vaginal discharge as the fluids drain out of the uterus, for this a pad may be used, but do not use a tampon. Some other symptoms you may experience are slight bleeding, cramping, and feeling dizzy or faint.