A Hysterosalpingogram is an X-ray procedure where contrast is used to look at the inside of the fallopian tubes and uterus.  To accomplish this, we need to insert a speculum into the vagina similar to having a Pap smear test. We then insert a thin plastic catheter into the uterus and inflate a small balloon to keep it in place. The X-ray contrast is then passed through the small tube and into the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes, the X-ray pictures are taken with a fluoroscopy X-ray machine.



The procedure has been available as a treatment in since 2003. Its effectiveness and safety as a fertility treatment has been based on two recent trials and a thorough literature review for all high quality therapeutic trials in which Lipiodol or similar oil-soluble contrast media have been used.

Lipiodol flushing received ethical approval as an innovative treatment from 2003 to 2007, subject to satisfactory data collection and follow up. This data collection has now been satisfactorily completed.

  • Usually performed between day 7-10
  • You will need a driver to drive you as a muscle relaxant may be prescribed to you.
  • Take Panadol or Nurofen for pain relief, to be taken ½ hour prior to appointment.


Your doctor will assess you for your eligibility for this test. Upon recommendation from your doctor, fees apply to this procedure.  Phone  5413 5000  to arrange an appointment time or more information.