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Fallopian Tube Patency Test

Hysterosalpingosonography (HSSG) is an examination carried out to determine whether the fallopian tubes are clear and whether there are any abnormalities (septa, polyps or myomas) in the uterine cavity.

Fallopian Tube Patency Test

First, the woman is given a gynecological examination and a vaginal ultrasonography. A speculum is then inserted into the vagina to hold open the vaginal walls, after which a catheter is inserted into the uterine canal. An “anchor ball” at the end of the catheter is filled with saline solution to prevent any backflow of fluids. Since this stage may cause temporary discomfort resembling menstrual pain, we recommend a painkiller to relieve the pain (about one hour before the procedure). An air-saline solution mix is injected into the uterine cavity via the catheter.

The progress of air bubbles through the fallopian tubes can be monitored with ultrasound. The examination also gives the physician an idea of the shape of the uterine cavity. If the fallopian tubes are blocked, air will not move through them and no fluid is spilled into the abdominal cavity. The injected solution may irritate the abdomen, which in turn may occasionally cause a sharp pain in the shoulder. This is harmless and will pass spontaneously.

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Felicitas Mehiläinen is the leading fertility clinic in Finland providing a wide variety of fertility treatments ranging from basic infertility care to the most advanced IVF technology available today.
Over 30 years of experience has made it possible for the Felicitas Mehiläinen to offer the highest standards of patient care and reproductive health services in a modern and comfortable clinic.
Our doctors and scientists have always been at the forefront of IVF science and development; in fact, our founder, was part of the team involved in the birth of the Finland’s first IVF baby in 1984.
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