TUBAL PATENCY SCAN “HYCOSY”

This scan is done to look for blockages in the fallopian tubes when a woman is having trouble falling pregnant. It compliments other investigations such as ovulation test and sperm analysis. It may also be done as preliminary test before IVF.

It involves a procedure similar to a pap smear in which a very fine plastic tube is passed through the cervix. You are then scanned with a small probe in the vagina (read gynecological scan description above). A fluid solution is slowly injected through the plastic tube and into the womb. We watch for the movement of the fluid into the fallopian tubes on the ultrasound over the next 5-10 minutes. We will let you know what we are seeing. If no flow is seen on either side then there is a 90% chance that your tubes are blocked or scarred and IVF may be necessary. A single blocked tube is not a significant problem.

Because the procedure can cause period like pains we recommend you to take 2 naprogesic or ponstan* tablets 1 hour before the test. It is preferable to book the test within 12 days of starting a period. We will do a urinary pregnancy test prior to the scan

     

Important Points:

tickArrange help or time off work on the day of the test

tickBecause the procedure can cause period like pains we recommend you to take 2 Naprogesic or Ponstan* tablets 1 hour before the test.

tickIt is preferable to book the test within 1 week of finishing a period. We will do a urinary pregnancy test prior to the scan

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If you have any concerns Dr Valeria Lanzarone can be contacted at the practice most days on 47212195