You will be asked about your past health. If you have had
pelvic inflammatory disease
in the past, it is important that you share this information with your doctor.
Schedule the test within the first 10 days after your period starts. This timing will decrease the chance of disturbing an unknown pregnancy. Before the test:
Your doctor may ask you to:
Take pain medicine or antibiotics
Take a laxative or enema
Have a light meal the night before. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, unless your doctor says different.
Wear comfortable clothes.
Arrange for a ride to and from the test.
Description of Test
You will lie on a special x-ray table. Your feet will be in foot stirrups or pulled up to your chest. A pelvic exam will be done to check the position of the uterus. The doctor will also check for tenderness or inflammation. A device will be inserted to gently open the vagina. A tube will be passed through the cervix and into the uterus.
You will be repositioned after the tube is placed. The dye will be slowly passed through tubing into the uterus and fallopian tubes. The x-ray machine will create images that the doctor can see. The table may be tilted or you may be asked to roll from side to side for better views. The tube will be removed once all the images are taken.
You may have some discomfort and cramping during this test. If there is a blockage, it may cause more intense pain. Your doctor may order pain medicine. Medicine may also be given before the test. You may have some light cramps after the test. Medicine will help to ease discomfort.