A hysterosalpingogram or “HSG” is an X-ray test in which a speculum exam is performed to place a small tube in the cervix which is used to inject dye that is visible on X-rays. This allows the inside shape of the uterus to be seen and to see whether the fallopian tubes are open. It is uncomfortable but for most women not painful.
Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant despite adequate unprotected sexual intercourse for one year. It is estimated that 10-15% of couples experience infertility at some time during the reproductive years.
Less than 20% of health insurance covers infertility treatments. Others will cover some kinds of evaluation and treatment and not other kinds. So it is important to find out what your own insurance covers and what it doesn’t. As with many things in life, though, paying for it yourself is often worthwhile if your insurance doesn't pay for it for you.
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