Sonohysterogram (SSH)

Sonohysterogram (SSH)

What is a Sonohysterography?

A sonohysterography is an imaging study of the uterus. It is a procedure to look at the inside of the uterus. It’s a safe, painless test that uses sound waves and a computer to create images.

The uterus (womb) is the organ where a baby grows during pregnancy.

This test is one example of imaging used to diagnose the cause of underlying pelvic pain, infertility, or vaginal bleeding.

Why would you be having a SSH?

This procedure is used to determine if there are any abnormalities of the uterine cavity that could interfere with pregnancy.

You fertility doctor might use sonohysterography to help diagnose a number of medical conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine polyps
  • Scarring inside your uterus
  • Abnormal shape of the uterus
  • Uterine cancer
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • An abnormal pelvic exam
  • You might need this test if a standard ultrasound test doesn’t show enough information to diagnose a problem.

What you can expect

The physician will place a small catheter into the uterus and sterile saline will slowly be injected into the uterine cavity. This will slightly inflate the uterus so that most abnormalities (polyps or fibroids) can be visualized with ultrasound.

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