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Sonohysterography (say "soh-noh-hiss-ter-AW-gruh-fee") is an ultrasound test. The doctor fills the uterus with fluid. Then sound waves are used to look at the inside of the uterus. If a contrast fluid is used, the sound waves can be used to see the fallopian tubes too. This is called hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography.
A sonohysterography test may be done if other tests don't show enough detail. A clearer view of the uterus can help to:
A hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography test is a similar test. It can check the fallopian tubes for blockage.
Schedule your test for when you won't be having your period. Your doctor may suggest that the test be done soon after your period ends and before your ovary releases an egg (ovulates). This timing allows your doctor to see the inside of your uterus better. It also avoids doing the test when you could be pregnant.
Your doctor may have you take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen, about an hour before your test. This can help with cramps you might get during or after the test.
You may want to bring a sanitary pad. Some of the fluid may leak out after the test. You also may have some slight bleeding.
The test will take about 15 to 30 minutes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine
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