Patients of Merrion Fertility Clinic may be referred on to have a number of additional investigations involving surgery or radiology. These investigations are carried out either in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street or in St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

 

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

 

What is Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)?

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a test to find out if there is any abnormality in the uterus or fallopian tubes.

Radiographic contract (dye) is injected into the uterine cavity through the vagina and cervix. The uterine cavity fills with dye and if the fallopian tubes are open the dye will then fill the tubes and spill out into the abdominal cavity.

 

Why is Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) done?

It is a way to determine whether the fallopian tubes are open or blocked and whether the blockage is located at the junction of the fallopian tube and the uterus (proximal) or whether it is at the end of the fallopian tube (distal).

 

Hysteroscopy

What is hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose or treat problems of the uterus (womb). A hysteroscope is a small telescope that is inserted through your vagina into your uterus. The hysteroscope transmits the image of your uterus onto a TV screen. Other instruments can be used along with the hysteroscope for minor treatments such as the removal of polyps and lost mirena coils.

Hysteroscopy is usually performed as an outpatient (when you are awake).

 

Why is hysteroscopy done?

One of the most common uses for hysteroscopy is to find the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding or infertility. If polyps or fibroids in the womb are found, they can be treated using hysteroscopy in the outpatient setting.

For further information you can discuss hysteroscopy with your MFC doctor.

 

Laparoscopy

 

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is used to diagnose or treat problems in the pelvis. A laparoscope is a small telescope that is inserted through your abdominal wall at the level of your umbilicus (belly button). The laparoscope transmits the image of your pelvis onto a TV screen. Other instruments can be used along with the laparoscope for treatment and are inserted through small cuts in your abdominal wall.

Laparoscopy is performed under general anaesthetic (when you are asleep).

 

Why may laparoscopy be done?

Laparoscopy can be used for diagnosing and treating endometriosis, scar tissue (adhesions) and to assess for blockage of your fallopian tubes.

 

For further information, you can discuss laparoscopy with your MFC doctor.