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Preparations - Hysterosalpingography

The hysterosalpingography procedure is best performed one week after menstruation but before ovulation to make certain that you are not pregnant during the exam. This procedure should not be performed if you have an active inflammatory condition. You should notify your SMIL radiologist if you have a chronic pelvic infection or an untreated sexually transmitted disease at the time of the procedure.

On the night before the procedure, you may be asked to take a laxative or an enema to empty your bowels, so the uterus and surrounding structures can be seen clearly. Prior to the procedure, you may be given a mild sedative or over-the-counter medication to minimize any potential discomfort.

You should inform your SMIL radiologist of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to barium or iodinated contrast materials. Also inform your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.

You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam. Women should always inform their SMIL radiologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

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