What is a sonohysterogram?
A sonohysterogram is a procedure that uses an ultrasound, which provides information about the inside of the womb. This is similar to an ultrasound on your belly. The only difference is that the wand is inserted into your vagina instead of being placed on your belly.
Why is a sonohysterogram needed?
A sonohysterogram can help diagnose uterine fibroids (non-cancerous growths), polyps (an overgrowth of cells), and abnormal shapes of the uterine cavity.
What happens during the procedure?
A speculum will be inserted into your vagina, which is the same instrument used during a Pap smear. This allows your provider to see your cervix, or the opening to your womb. A soft, plastic tube will be inserted into the womb through your cervix. The speculum will then be removed and the provider will inject a small amount of salt water into your womb through the tube. You may experience mild cramping when the saline is injected. An ultrasound wand will be used to get a picture of your womb. You will be able to watch what the provider is doing on an ultrasound monitor.
What are the risks?
What should I do to prepare for the procedure?
You will need to schedule the procedure after your period starts, but before you ovulate (this is usually between days 7 and 12 of your menstrual cycle)
If you are not allergic, you may take 800 milligrams of ibuprofen (4 regular-strength tablets of Advil or Motrin) 1 hour before the procedure.
You will be asked to empty your bladder before the procedure so the provider can get a clear view of your womb.
What should I expect during recovery?
You will be able to drive yourself home after this procedure. You may bring someone to drive you if you would like.
You may experience light bleeding and/or cramping for a few days after the procedure. You may also leak salt water for a day or two.
Call your doctor if you experience:
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