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Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is a procedure to look inside your uterus and fallopian tubes.



  • Medicines may be given for pain. Ask your healthcare provider how to take prescription pain medicine safely. Antibiotics may be given to help treat or prevent a bacterial infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or gynecologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Vaginal care:

You may need vaginal pads for 1 to 2 days if you have some spotting. Some leftover dye may also come out of your vagina. When you arrive home, carefully wash your vagina with soap and water. Afterwards, put on a clean vaginal pad. Change your vaginal pad as needed. Ask for more information about vaginal care.

Contact your healthcare provider or gynecologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • Your pads become soaked with blood.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
  • You are urinating less often than normal.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel something is bulging into your vagina and not going back.
  • You have stomach pain that does not go away even after you take pain medicine.
  • You have sudden breathing problems, hives, or other signs of an allergic reaction to the dye.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • You have pain when you urinate or have sex.
  • You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your vagina.

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