Hysterosalpingogram: Should You Wait to Conceive?

I recently lost my daughter at 21 weeks due to an incompetent cervix. As soon as my period returns my doctor wants to perform an HSG (hysterosalpingogram) to rule out the possibility of any uterine abnormalities. Are there any known risks associated with this test? Do I need to worry if I become pregnant right after having the HSG test?

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HSGs are generally done to rule out tubal occlusion or defects in the tubes or upper part of the uterus near the tubes. This technique can also detect certain abnormalities in the structure of the uterus, which is probably the purpose intended in your case.

Hysteroscopy is sometimes used in addition to, or instead of, the dye study for this indication.

The passage of dye has been therapeutic for some women, meaning that within three months after this procedure, it is more likely for them to get pregnant. I have never heard of a recommendation to wait to conceive for any period of time after an HSG.

I hope you are able to conceive and have a successful pregnancy.

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