Is hysterosalpingography an important tool in predicting fertility outcome?

Ben W.J. Mol*, Patricia Swart, Patrick M.M. Bossuyt, Fulco Van der Veen

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Objective: To determine the prognostic significance of hysterosalpingography (HSG) for fertility outcome. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Infertility department of an academic hospital. Patient(s): Consecutive patients undergoing HSG for subfertility between May 1985 and November 1987. Intervention(s): Hysterosalpingography. Main Outcome Measure(s): Follow-up ended when pregnancy or tubal surgery occurred or at the day of last contact. Kaplan-Meier curves for the occurrence of spontaneous intrauterine pregnancy (IUP) were constructed for a normal HSG, a HSG with a one-sided abnormality, and a HSG with a two-sided abnormality. Fecundity rate ratios were calculated to express the association between HSG findings and the occurrence of spontaneous IUP. Result(s): Of 359 patients that were analyzed, 231 (64%) showed no tubal pathology on HSG, 67 (19%) had a one-sided tubal pathology, and 61 (17%) had a two-sided tubal pathology. The adjusted fecundity rate ratios were 0.81 (95% confidence interval 0.47 to 1.4) for a one-sided pathology and 0.30 (95% confidence interval 0.13 to 0.71) for a two-sided pathology. Correction for informative censoring and sensitivity analysis did not alter these results. Conclusion(s): One-sided tubal pathology detected on HSG has limited prognostic significance, whereas two-sided tubal pathology detected on HSG reduces fertility prospects considerably.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-669
Number of pages7
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997


  • Fertility outcome
  • hysterosalpingography
  • prognostic significance


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