Patency examination of the fallopian tubes
This instruction is for you, who are to have an examination of your fallopian tubes at the Fertility Department.
IMPORTANT: You must not be pregnant, when we perform the examination.
HyFoSy is performed to evaluate the patency through your fallopian tubes. The examination is also used to examine any incidence of polyps, septate, fibroids and adhesions in the uterine cavity, that could cause infertility.
Before the procedure:
Period like pain/cramps can occur during and after the examination. We therefore suggest/recommend, that you take the following over-the-counter pain killers approximately 1 hour before the procedure:
2 tablets of Panodil/Pinex (Paracetamol) 500 mg and 2 tablets of Ipren (Ibuprofen) 200 mg. You can take your usual medicine, unless we have agreed otherwise.
Dress comfortably. The entire visit will last 30 minutes, the examination itself will take 10-15 minutes.
At the out-patient clinic:
We kindly ask you to arrive early and go to the toilet before we call you to the examination room, as the procedure is more easily performed with an empty bladder. Report your arrival to the secretaries at the reception. The doctor/nurse will answer any questions before the procedure.
At first a pelvic exam will be made with a light washing/scrubbing of the vagina. Hereafter a thin bendable plastic catheter will be placed in the uterine cavity through the cervix. A liquid will be injected through the catheter while the doctor performs an ultrasound scan to see, whether your fallopian tubes are open. Lastly an ultrasound scan of your uterine cavity will be made/performed.
Can complications occur?
There is always a small risk, that complications will occur, when one has had a catheter placed in the uterus. Complications will luckily most often pass. It is normal/not unusual to have period like pain/cramps, and potentially spotting after the examination. There is a small risk of infection after the procedure, this can however be treated with antibiotics.
You should refrain from sexual intercourse, use the bathtub or go swimming (neither at a swimming pool or at the beach), as long as you are still bleeding. You should use pads and not tampons.
Contact us, if you experience any of the following the first week after the procedure:
- Bleeding heavier than that of a period
- Signs of infection: foul smelling vaginal discharge, severe pain, temperature above 38,5 °C.
If any symptoms of these occur outside of the opening hours, you should contact 1813.