The purpose of this procedure is to evaluate your uterine
cavity. A small catheter is inserted into the uterus and sterile
saline is slowly injected. Transvaginal ultrasound is performed
as the saline is injected. Although this procedure is highly
accurate in detecting abnormalities of the uterine cavity, it
does not allow us to determine whether or not the fallopian
tubes are open.
What to Expect
The procedure is performed in our office. You should take
400-600mg of ibuprofen 1 hour prior to the procedure. No other
anesthesia is required. You can expect to have some uterine
cramping as the saline is injected into your uterus. The
cramping is usually mild and only lasts for a few minutes.
The procedure is performed in the first half of your cycle,
after your period has ended, but before ovulation. You do not
need to have an empty stomach prior to this procedure and you do
not need a full bladder.
You may return to work/home without restrictions. You should
be able to drive yourself back to work/home after this
procedure. Light vaginal bleeding the evening of the procedure
is common. If you develop fever, chills, or heavy vaginal
bleeding, you should notify your physician.