What is HyCoSy ?
HyCoSy is a short ultrasound guide outpatient procedure used to check if your
fallopian tubes are open. This is done as a part of investigations for subfertility.
How is the HyCoSy procedure done?
This involves an internal examination following which a fine tube (catheter) is passed
through the neck of the womb (cervix). Once the catheter is in place an ultrasound
(vaginal scan) is performed to check the location of the catheter. After confirming the
location of the catheter a small amount of contrast is inserted through the catheter
into the womb and the fallopian tube.
Are there any alternatives to this test?
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) (refer HSG leaflet) and a Laparoscopy and dye
procedure under general anaesthesia are the alternatives to HyCoSy.
What are the benefits of HyCoSy?
This procedure does not require an anaesthetic or surgery and it does not have any
X ray exposure.
What will happen when I arrive at the department?
We shall confirm that you arewith in 10 days of your menstrual bleed and there was no unprotected sexual intercourse during this period. After confirmation of these details you will be asked to empty your bladder, following which a nurse will guide you into our scan room. The procedure usually takes around 15 – 20 minutes. Some women experience
cramps on insertion of the catheter / contrast. Hence it would be advisable to take
painkillers (Ibuprofen / Paracetamol) at least an hour prior to the procedure.
Are there any risks with this procedure?
There is a small risk of infection following the procedure. Allergic reaction to the
contrast medium used is rare.
Some women complain of pain abdomen as well as feeling faint.
Occasionally it might not be possible for us to get good views of your fallopian tubes,
hence we will consider performing a laparoscopy and dye procedure under general
Important points of note:
You will have some contrast leak out of the vagina after the procedure, hence use a
sanitary pad. Please let us know if you do not have one so we could provide you with
You can continue with your day-to-day activities as normal. There are no dietary
restrictions. Sexual intercourse can be resumed when you are comfortable.
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