Age Old Technique May Be Just The Infertility Cure You’re Looking For


“It has long been speculated that flushing the fallopian tubes might clear blockages to the passage of eggs to the womb,” says Doctor Channa Jayasena. Dr Jayasen is the Clinical Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Endocrinology and Andrology at Imperial College in London, UK.

Do you know the benefits of fallopian tube flushing? Would you believe us if we said this test can help up to 40% of infertile couples conceive naturally? Those who undergo this simple diagnostic technique called hysterosalpingography, or HSG, conceive naturally within six months! Researchers estimate that if doctors regularly prescribed HSG, they would reduce IVF rounds by 20,000 per year in the UK alone!

Hysterosalpingography, or HSG

What exactly is a  hysterosalpingography? Doctors have used this test since at least the 1950s. An HSG is a dye test of the fallopian tubes. Doctors use an X-ray during the test. It involves flushing the fallopian tubes.  Doctors use either water-based or oil-based solutions to flush the fallopian tubes. Doctors commonly use poppy seed oil.

For unknown reasons, oil produces nearly a 40% rate of natural conception within six months. Water produces only a 29% rate of women becoming pregnant naturally within six months. These statistics are astonishing. Clearly, anyone having trouble conceiving should not ignore the benefits of the HSG technique.

Couples struggling to become pregnant should consult with their doctor. They should ask if the HSG test is an appropriate test for them. As always, we recommend also seeking the advice of a duly registered traditional Chinese medical practitioner who can assist you on your way to achieving a healthy pregnancy.

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image:Ben Mol as a baby (just a few weeks old) with his mother, Annemie Mol-Albers, 1965. CREDIT: BEN MOL