HyCoSy is a valuable diagnostic tool for evaluating the fallopian tubes and uterus
When you visit The Fertility Center of Las Vegas (FCLV), you can expect to undergo some diagnostic testing. These tests help our Las Vegas fertility doctors reach a diagnosis and develop a customized treatment plan for you. One of the tests that your doctor may order is hysterosalpingo-contrast-sonography, or HyCoSy.
The name of this test is quite a mouthful, but it’s a safe and reliable way for your doctor to assess your fallopian tubes.
What is hysterosalpingo-contrast-sonography?
A HyCoSy is like another fertility test called a hysterosalpingogram, or HSG. However, it involves ultrasound imaging instead of X-rays. Both tests allow our Las Vegas fertility doctors to see images of your fallopian tubes as the liquid passes through them. This helps our doctors determine whether tubal blockage or damage is causing infertility.
The procedure itself only takes about 30 minutes, and it should occur between Day 7 and Day 10 of your menstrual cycle. You’ll come to our office for the procedure, and one of our ultrasound technicians will perform it.
- The HyCoSy procedure begins by placing a speculum in the vagina.
- Using ultrasound guidance, the technician will pass a catheter (thin, flexible tube) into the uterus through the vagina and cervix.
- To assess the fallopian tubes, the technician will inject a small amount of saline water with air bubbles into the uterus and watch the ultrasound screen to see whether the air bubbles travel through the fallopian tubes.
- If the air bubbles travel through the fallopian tubes, the tubes are open. If not, the fallopian tubes are blocked or damaged.
What are the benefits of HyCoSy?
Although this diagnostic procedure is very similar to HSG, it offers several advantages to patients.
- No exposure to radiation
- No reaction to iodine
- Less pain and discomfort
For these reasons, our Las Vegas fertility doctors have started using HyCoSy in our practice. However, we still also use HSG when appropriate. Our goal is to always provide you with the most accurate testing options while also keeping you comfortable during each procedure.
If you have questions about this fertility test or you’d like to schedule an appointment, contact us. We offer the latest tests and treatments to help you conceive and welcome a healthy baby.