HSG Testing

Why it's time for an HSG Alternative

Diagnosing infertility depends on the source of the problem. One these key areas is to determine if the fallopian tubes are open. Women are born with two fallopian tubes, each connecting an ovary to the uterus. When one or both are blocked, infertility can result.

A blocked fallopian tube can prevent the sperm from reaching the egg, or it can keep the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. A blocked tube can also lead to an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the embryo implants outside the uterus. It is always fatal for the fetus and can sometimes be life-threatening for the mother.

HSG has been the standard fertility test used to determine if the fallopian tubes are open.

How is HSG Testing Performed?

During HSG, a contrast agent is placed in the uterus and fallopian tubes. This is a fluid that contains a dye. The dye shows up in contrast to the body structures on an X-ray screen. The dye outlines the inner size and shape of the uterus and fallopian tubes. It also is possible to see how the dye moves through the body structures.

What is HSG Testing?

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, "Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is an X-ray procedure that is used to view the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes. It often is used to see if the fallopian tubes are partly or fully blocked. It also can show if the inside of the uterus is of a normal size and shape. All of these problems can lead to infertility and pregnancy problems."

As noted by Dr. Preston Parry, though HSGs have been performed on women for over 100 years, it is arguable how much that test has advanced over that time. The problem with the HSG test is it is often painful and not always conclusive.

“The fact is, fertility testing often takes too long and doesn't give clear answers."
-Dr. Preston Parry.

We needed something that gave fast results without hurting and still was accurate and safe.

Why an Alternative to HSG Fertility Testing is Needed?

The problem with HSG Testing

HSG testing can provide information, but often the insights are more limited than many realize.

A two dimensional black and white X-ray can miss details. The high pressure associated with many HSG’s not only can be painful, but also reflects a situation that sperm don’t really achieve. (i.e. “Sperm don’t swim with the jaws of life to prop open an otherwise closed tube.” Dr Parry)

HSG’s also use radiation, can cause allergic reactions, and seem to have a higher rate of infection than ultrasound or office hysteroscopy. Furthermore, endometritis can’t be diagnosed with an HSG test.

Parryscope Fertility Testing approach provides a breakthrough in female fertility testing with multiple advantages over HSG testing. Dr. Parry’s innovation, including patents with the Parryscope® technique, can help you accurately, gently, and quickly understand factors in female fertility with a single office visit.

“If you could have a fertility test that’s more accurate, gentler, cheaper, and faster, wouldn’t you do it?”
Dr. Preston Parry


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