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A laparoscopy and dye test is an operation using keyhole surgery to help find out why you are having difficulty becoming pregnant. The dye test will show if your fallopian tubes are blocked (see figure 1). The laparoscopy will help to find out if you have endometriosis, pelvic infection, adhesions, ovarian cysts or fibroids. For some women minor treatments can be performed at the same time.
A laparoscopy and dye test may help your doctor find out the cause of your infertility.
An x-ray or an ultrasound test can show if your tubes are blocked.
The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about 15 minutes.
Your gynaecologist will make several small cuts on your abdomen.
They will insert instruments, along with a telescope, inside your abdomen and perform the operation. They will inject dye, which passes down your fallopian tubes.
You should be able to go home the same day.
The healthcare team will tell you what was found during the laparoscopy and dye test and discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.
Rest for one to two days and take painkillers if you need them.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
A laparoscopy and dye test helps to find out the cause of certain gynaecological problems associated with infertility. For some women minor treatments can be performed at the same time.
Author: Mr Jeremy Hawe MBChB MRCOG and Dr Clare Myers MBBS FRANZCOG
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