For couples having trouble conceiving a child, 1 in 3 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 that stimulate ovulation, conception cannot occur if the tubes are blocked. Testing the fallopian tubes is crucial in determining why a couple cannot conceive. FemVue® is a quick procedure (usually around 15 minutes) that can be done in the comfort of our office, and can offer immediate results.
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 and, just like during a pap spear, a speculum will be inserted into your vagina. A slender, flexible balloon catheter will then be passed through the spectrum and into the uterus. Next, a transvaginal ultrasound probe will be inserted 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, test results are discussed during or right after the procedure is completed.
The FemVue procedure does not expose you to any radiation or contrast dyes, and does not require anesthesia since it is non-surgical. However, it does carry a small risk of infection.
If you have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for one year (or 6 months, for those 35 years or older), the FemVue procedure may be right for you. Call our office at 513.404.4166 so that we may talk about your next steps.