TIL that, since the ovaries and fallopian tubes are not actually connected, it’s normal for substances entering the uterus to spill out into the abdominal cavity at the mouths of the fallopian tubes. This includes semen, but also X-Ray contrast dye – and it’s used diagnostically.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysterosalpingography

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  1. > The test is usually done with radiographic contrast medium (dye) injected into the uterine cavity through the vagina and cervix. If the fallopian tubes are open the contrast medium will fill the tubes and spill out into the abdominal cavity. It can be determined whether the fallopian tubes are open or blocked and whether the blockage is located at the junction of the tube and the uterus (proximal) or whether it is at the end of the fallopian tube (distal).

    Thanks! I hate it!

  2. Yep. I had the Essure inserts done (tiny metal coils inserted into your fallopian tubes that induce scarring and eventual blockage, as a non surgical option for sterilization), and the hysterosalpinogram is what they do to confirm it worked. Inject dye it your uterus and then make sure it doesn’t spill out into your abdominal cavity by watching it in x-ray. Fun times.

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