Issues with the fallopian tubes may account for approximately 30% of female infertility problems. Common problems we see are related to tubal blockage or scarring from previous, sometimes undiagnosed, pelvic infection, abdominal infections like appendicitis, prior surgeries, prior ectopic pregnancy, or endometriosis. Prior tubal ligation (tying of the tubes) for contraception would also fall under this category.
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): This is an X-ray test that will be performed in the office by Dr. Larsen or Dr. Zoneraich in which a small amount of dye is put through the uterus and tubes in order to determine if the tubes are open. Some structural defects of the uterus may also be visible with the HSG, but the primary role for the HSG is to determine if the tubes are open.
- Those patients with allergies to iodine or shellfish will undergo this procedure in an outpatient radiology center rather than the office.