FemVue is used in a simple, well-tolerated ultrasound procedure to evaluate if the fallopian tubes are open and can be done in the same visit as a uterine cavity assessment. The procedure takes place in the gynecologist's office and usually takes between 10 and 30 minutes to complete with results available immediately.
FemVue delivers a consistent alternating pattern of saline and air (bubbles) in a continuous stream. This helps your doctor see your fallopian tubes and determine whether or not they are open.
This is a safe and reliable alternative to the conventional hysterosalpingogram (HSG) which uses x-rays and iodine-based contrast dye.
FemVue is a cost-effective solution that benefits patients when compared to the radiology test.
The test only takes between 10 and 15 minutes and the answers are given to you in a single visit.
If you have been unable to get pregnant after a year of trying or 6 months of trying if you're over 35, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor to have a fertility workup.
Infertility is often caused by fallopian tube blockages which have no symptoms. FemVue can be used to diagnose tubal infertility with saline and air (bubbles) under ultrasound. The other option is a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) which uses x-rays and iodine-based dye in a radiology center.
Uterine abnormalities, fibroids, polyps and adhesions or scarring can prevent pregnancy. A saline sonogram, also known as a saline infusion sonogram (SIS), is an ultrasound test performed using saline delivered into the uterus to clearly outline many common abnormalities.
Ovulatory dysfunction is a common cause of infertility and indicates a problem with the monthly release of an egg (ovulation). Testing for ovulatory issues is performed throughout the month and may include FSH Level, Progesterone Level, Ultrasound, and Endometrial Biopsy.
Vaginal and cervical viral and bacterial cultures are taken to detect any possible adverse infections that may be interfering with conception.back to top
Approximately 1 out of 3 infertile women have blocked fallopian tubes.1
Factors that can lead to blocked tubes:
Most women with blocked tubes have no symptoms. The only way to know if this is the reason you’re not getting pregnant is to check your tubes.
1. Volpi, E. et al. (1996). Transvaginal sonographic tubal patency testing. UOG,7(1), 43-48. doi:10.1046/j.1469-0705.1996.07010043.x
Ultrasound is used before and during the FemVue procedure and begins when the probe is placed into your vagina.
First, the shape and contour of your uterus and possible problems are evaluated. Then, FemVue delivers saline and air through a thin balloon catheter placed in your uterine cavity.
The natural saline and air “bubbles” allow your doctor to determine if your tubes are open or blocked and the results will be shared with you during this visit.Procedure video!
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, "Evaluation of tubal patency is a key component of the diagnostic workup in infertile couples".
Instructions for use for Clomid and other ovulation drugs indicate that all fertility factors should be evaluated prior to use, which includes making sure the fallopian tubes are open.
The procedure will be scheduled during the first half of your menstrual cycle, before you ovulate to reduce the chance of performing the test when you may be unknowingly pregnant.
Your doctor may advise you to take medications used for menstrual cramps to reduce possible mild cramping or discomfort.
Most women know during or right after the procedure whether their fallopian tubes are open or if there may be a blockage.
Mild or moderate uterine cramping for about five to ten minutes can be expected for any procedure in the uterus, including fallopian tube or uterine cavity evaluation with a catheter.
Even if your tubes are blocked there are ways to overcome this problem and still get pregnant. Consult with your doctor for recommendations and possible next steps.