X-ray of uterus and tubes with dye?

X-ray of uterus and tubes with dye? Topic: X-ray of uterus and tubes with dye?
June 16, 2019 / By Andy
Question: My hubby and I have been trying to conceive for the past one year with no success. We finally decided to go to the doctor and get ourselves checked just to ensure that nothing is wrong with us. I got my pap test done today. Additionally the doctor asked me to get my tubes checked during my next cycle. She also prescribed Proxeed for my husband to increase the sperm quality and count. For some reason, though I've not got the results of any of my tests yet, I suddenly feel confident. Guess the feeling that there is someone who will set wrong right (if any) is giving me that comfort. My questions is, those of you who got their tubes checked, can you tell me if it is painful or just slight discomfort? I am a little worried about that test
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Wilber Wilber | 3 days ago
I work in a free standing imaging facility, but I have never had an HSG....although I have assisted the radiologist in hundreds of these. We very often do a HSG on a woman, only to have them back in our office a few months later for their OB ultrasound! And that always makes us smile! Where I work, both your OB/GYN and the radiologist work together to perform this study. There is also a female radiologic technologist in the room with you to assist the doctors. You lay on your back on the x-ray table, with your rear-end near the end of the edge of the table. You are in the same position as you are for a pap smear. You will have a sheet over your lower body. The only person down between your legs is your OB/GYN. The radiologist and the technologist are not invading your privacy. The OB introduces a speculum in order to see your cervix. He introduces a skinny tube through the cervical opening (cervical os). Once the tube has bypassed the cervix and is in the uterus, the speculum is removed and the technologist helps you carefully scoot up the table and straighten your legs....we have to be careful, so the tube doesn't come out. At this point, we use a fluoroscopic x-ray tube, which allows us to watch, on a TV screen, as a contrast material is gently introduced into the uterus via that tube. We can see this on the TV screen in real time, as it is happening. If your tubes are open and patent, the contrast will flow from your uterus, into both uterine tubes and spill out into the peritoneal space. Once we see this, the OB takes the tube out of your body, and both doctors leave the room. The radiologic technologist will generally take three x-ray images of your pelvis with the regular overhead x-ray tube. You usually know if your tubes are open and not blocked before the study is done. From the time you lay down on the x-ray table to the end of the procedure is about 10 minutes. The contrast itself is not radioactive....it just allows us to see the size and shape of soft tissues. We use the same contrast to see your ureters, which attach your kidneys to your bladder. Without a contrast media, the uterine tubes and the ureters cannot be visualized on x-ray. Since we are not introducing contrast into your blood system, the risk of a reaction to the contrast is nothing. In 15 years, I have never seen a single adverse reaction to the contrast....not even a minor one! Now, how will this feel to you? Well, as I said, I have never had a HSG, but I have talked and interacted with hundreds of women who have had the procedure. When the tube enters the cervix, you will most likely feel some cramping. Most women describe it as mild menstrual like pain. An OTC pain reliever can help, and pre-medicating is just fine to do. You may experience some spotting. You will end up with a sticky, clear fluid on your panties, as the contrast left in your uterus will leak out of you. We supply our HSG patients with a panty liner, but you may want to make sure you have one with you, in case one is not offered to you. Most all patients are able to drive themselves home, but, if you are more comfortable with your husband with you for moral support, by all means, bring him. But, he will not be allowed in the procedure room, as radiation is being used. The contrast which is introduced into the uterine (Fallopian) tubes seems to "flush" debris from the tubes. This seems to help in many cases. "Pregnancy rates in several studies have been reported to be slightly increased in the first months following a hysterosalpingogram. This may be due to the fact that the flushing of the tubes with the contrast could open a minor blockage or clean out some debris that may be a factor that is preventing the couple from conceiving. Some of these studies suggest that using oil based contrast provides a greater increase in pregnancy rates after a hysterosalpingogram than does the use of water based contrast." http://www.advancedfertility.com/hsg.htm I do not think the oil based contrast is very common anymore. You might ask what kind of contrast they will give you, just for curiosity's sake! Best of luck to you!
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Wilber Originally Answered: What can cause a bulky, retroverted uterus?
Hi AVAG I'm not really sure what causes or what is meant by a 'bulky uterus'. I'm not very good with Gynea, but I can help with the retroverted Uterus as I have one myself. A retroverted uterus is not pathology but a variation of normal. This is fairly common and normal. Up to 20% of women have this. As I said, my uterus is tilted backwards and I myself, at one time thought my back problems and various other problems were related to this. There is absolutely no truth in this at all. Many women assume back ache, painful periods and painful intercourse is due to a retroverted uterus. Many studies have been done and have found no evidence there is a link between the two. The symptoms you are having are unlikely connected to your retroverted womb. Generally, a backward tilting uterus only really comes to light when a a coil is fitted (occasionally taking smears or fitting a coil can be a little more difficult in such cases) The best treatment is no treatment. It is best left alone. Maybe whatever your GP meant by 'bulky uterus' is causing the problems? Having said that, theoretically speaking, a retroverted uterus can tilt backwards or forwards, so I guess it could be putting pressure on your bladder? The other thing is, sometimes if the lining of the womb is abnormally thick, this could be causing swelling, maybe that is what the GP meant by 'bulky'? Maybe this is puting pressure on your bladder and perhaps making you want to pee more than normal. I presume a UTI has been ruled out? The retroverted Uterus is something I myself have researched a lot, and it is unlikley to be a cause of your problems. I was actually talking to Dr Frank about this last week. Wait and see what your results say. Hope you feel better soon. Painful intercourse etc could also be due to endometriosis. Sorry I haven't been much help

Sandy Sandy
I had it done a few years ago. It is called a HSG or hystersalipingogram. A hysterosalpingogram is an X-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes which allows visualization of the inside of the uterus and tubes. The picture will reveal any abnormalities of the uterus as well as tubal problems such as blockage and dilation (hydrosalpinx). Although the purpose of the hysterosalpingogram is not therapeutic, sometimes forcing dye through the tube will dislodge any material which blocks it. A number of women have become pregnant following a hysterosalpingogram without further treatment. Generally there is no special preparation needed for this test. However, depending upon your diagnosis, you may need to take antibiotics to guard against possible infection. To ensure that you are not pregnant, the study is done between Day 7 and 10 of your cycle. Prior to the procedure you may take an anti-inflammatory medication (Aleve or Motrin). A small catheter is placed into the cervix and the dye is injected. You may feel heavy cramping during, and for several hours following this procedure. Expect a sticky vaginal discharge for a few days as the dye is expelled from the uterus. Use a pad or panty liner during this time to allow fluid to escape. Any dye that remains will be absorbed without any ill effect.
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Nash Nash
Out of the last 100 or so of my patients who did HSG's, I'd say about 10% of then had a lot of pain while the other 90% would describe it more like moderately unpleasant. In general, the pain comes at two points, the insertion of the catheter and the injection of the dye. Pain from insertion of the catheter is less when done by an experienced OB/Gyn or RE. Pain on injection of the dye is independent of who is doing the procedure. Good luck! I hope your results are normal!
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Kenzie Kenzie
I had my HSG Oct. 4th and it was uncomfortable. During the test my doctor was very gentle which helped a lot. It makes a difference when the doctor push the dye in too fast. Because if he did I would not have been able to handle it. The worst part was afterwards. It was a pain I have never felt beofre in my life. I thought I was going to pass out. My doctor said the pain was from the free fluid in my pelvis which the pain does pass after about 30mins to an hour. It was painful but worth it. I hope I didnt scare you too much, but I hope I helped. Good luck Sorry I forgot to mention it was bad for me because I could not take anything for pain because I was having my laparoscopy right after that.
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Hoshea Hoshea
I also had that done in October, and for me it was very painful. I am not going to lie- but everyone is different. Take some tylenol or advil before the test to help w/ any discomfort
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Hoshea Originally Answered: CONSTANT INFECTIONS, Throat, lung, sinus, uterus Please, help if you know anything?
I would really recommend checking out Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disease where the body attacks itself, specifically the villi in the intestines. So your body is constantly suffering from malnutrition and inflammation. One oddity with this disease is while many people have problems that docs believe are due to vitamin deficiencies, they can still test within normal ranges for many of the vitamins typically tested for. - miscarriages and problems during pregnancy are common, because as the baby grows, the body's lack of nutrients cause some serious problems. - issues with anything involving the immune system are common - frequent illness is very common, as are complications with any illness you come down with, and slow recovery. The immune system doesn't have the nutritional resources to work properly. - soft tissue injuries or repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel are common, because the body is always a bit inflamed AND can't get enough nutrients to maintain healthy soft tissues. - circulation and neurological issues like numbness, tingling, legs and arms falling asleep too easily are common. There's a horde more symptoms. I have a link below for more. It used to be thought that this disease was extremely rare and the only symptoms for this were stomach problems and being underweight. That has now been shown to be completely incorrect. It seems to be affecting 1 in 133. The symptoms can affect any bodily system that needs nutrients and many sufferers are actually overweight. But this correct information has literally only been in the medical texts at medical schools for less than 10 years. So many doctors coming out of med school earlier than that have no idea that your symptoms could be related to this disease. They would be unlikely to test for it. A blood panel is the main test for this, but there are recent blood tests that are better, with fewer false negatives, that sometimes have to be asked for specifically. You'll likely have to tell your doc which tests you want, if this is a concern. If a doctor says you could not possibly have this disease? That's a sign they are completely ignorant. There is no way to tell if someone has this disease or not without testing, as there are many cases with few to no symptoms at all, so there is no way that a doctor can tell whether you have it or not without a test. Insist on a test. Okay, now for some good news. If it Is this disease, as diseases go, you luck out, big time. Because it is the only auto-immune disease in the world that doctors figured out WHAT makes the body attack itself: ingesting gluten (a protein in wheat, rye, and barley). When gluten comes into contact with the intestines, the body attacks those sections of the intestines. If one stops ingesting gluten (and anything that has been gluten contaminated. You'll want to check that out on Celiac sites), then the body stops attacking itself. The intestines heal. The body starts absorbing nutrients, and everything starts healing that can heal. There are no drugs for this disease, not available, and not needed. Just a diet change, and that's it. Now, if the celiac test is negative? I'd take a look at gluten intolerance. A recent study proved that gluten intolerance exists in a form that is not celiac disease, and seems to cause nearly as many problems for the people who suffer from it. It hasn't been studied yet at all, so currently, there is no test for it, just doing the gluten free diet and seeing how symptoms react. If neither of those pan out, other auto-immune diseases are frequently the cause of systemic issues like this. Crohn's disease is another gut one that causes inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and such. Wishing you the best of luck, and don't give up trying to find the answer! Truly, much, much sympathy from over here, from someone who has been there.

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