Uterine film, also known as hysterosalpingography or medicated uterine film, is the imaging of the uterus and tubes using radiography with dye. Thanks to the fluid injected through the cervix, both the uterus and the tubes become visible on the film. Since the dye given for the removal of the uterine film, which is one of the most preferred methods in infertility cases, is given in a pressurized way, it can provide a therapeutic effect in cases where it can clear the obstructive mucus-like substances in the tubes. This imaging method, which has been used for more than 50 years, has become less painful and almost non-bleeding thanks to the developing technology.
When Should Uterus Film Be Taken?
The ideal time for filming the uterus is three or four days after the end of menstruation. During this period, clearer results can be obtained as the inner tissue of the uterus is extremely thin. Also, in this period, the chance of pregnancy for women is close to minimum. For this reason, no harm is caused to the pregnancy that will occur during the filming. It is recommended that patients who will have a uterine film take painkillers about half an hour before the shooting so that they do not experience any cramps during the shooting. Uterine film shooting is a process that takes approximately 5-10 minutes.
Chances of Pregnancy
Although many women have become pregnant after filming the uterus, filming does not have a direct effect on pregnancy. The effects of uterine film, which is a form of imaging, on pregnancy are controversial. A group of researchers argue that the mechanical effect created by the high pressure application of the dyestuff given for imaging allows the sperm and egg to meet for a few months after the filming, thanks to the cleaning of small adhesions, mucus plugs and clots formed in the tubes. Some researchers think that the iodine and chemicals in the dye make it easier to reach the tubes and stimulate the uterine mucosa to ensure the attachment of the embryo. Regardless of the reason, the chance of pregnancy increases a little more after uterine film shoots.