Reasons for poststerilization hysterosalpingography noncompliance in a clinic population

Valerie I. Shavell, Zain Al-Safi, Lori C. Billis-Gergics, David C. Kmak, Michael P. Diamond, Jay M. Berman

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OBJECTIVE: Although hysterosalpingography (HSG) is required 12 weeks after hysteroscopic sterilization, HSG compliance in our clinic population is remarkably low. We were interested in determining the reason(s) for HSG noncompliance in this urban-based patient population. STUDY DESIGN: University Health Center patients who underwent hysteroscopic sterilization between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2007, and who did not complete HSG were contacted by telephone to elicit the reason(s) for lack of follow-up. RESULTS: Fifty-two patients qualified for inclusion in this study. Consent was obtained from all 14 patients accessible by telephone. Of note, 63.5% of patient-provided phone numbers were not in service at the time contact was attempted (n = 33). Patient-reported reasons for HSG noncompliance included insurance issues (n=5), failure to remember to schedule HSG (n=4), HSG scheduling difficulties (n=2), failure to be informed about the need for HSG (n=2), and prolonged postoperative vaginal bleeding (n=1). CONCLUSION: Reasons for poststerilization HSG noncompliance varied. However, an insurance issue was the most frequently reported reason for noncompliance. Not recalling the need to schedule HSG was another common reason for noncompliance. Approaches to increase compliance with poststerilization HSG are needed, particularly in an urban-based, clinic population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-463
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number11-12
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Hysterosalpingography
  • Hysteroscopic sterilization
  • Sterilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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