1 in 3 couples who are having trouble conceiving a child have some degree of tubal blockage. The fallopian tubes need to be open in order for the sperm to reach the egg. Even with popular infertility drugs, such as Clomid® that stimulates ovulation, conception cannot occur if the tubes are blocked. Testing the fallopian tubes is crucial in figuring out why a couple cannot conceive. FemVue is a quick procedure (usually around 15 minutes) that can be done in the comfort of your physician’s office, and can offer you results right away regarding whether your tubes are blocked.
How it Works
The FemVue procedure should be scheduled during the first half of your menstrual cycle, before you ovulate. During the procedure, you will be lying down in your physician’s office, and your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina (like when you have a Pap smear) and a slender flexible balloon catheter is passed through into the uterus. Then, a transvaginal ultrasound probe is put in to visualize the uterus and fallopian tubes. FemVue allows your doctor to inject a mixture of saline and air bubbles into the uterus, which then fills and flows into the fallopian tubes, which are then highly visible under ultrasound. If the fallopian tubes are open, the bubbles can be seen flowing through and spilling out of each fallopian tube. Usually results of the test are discussed during or right after completing the procedure.
Is it Safe?
The FemVue procedure does not expose you to any radiation or contrast dyes and does not require anesthesia since it is non-surgical. It may carry a small risk of infection.
If you have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for one year, (or for 6 months if you are 35 years or older), the FemVue procedure may be right for you. Call our office so that we may talk together about what your next steps are.