Semin Reprod Med 2020; 38(01): 074-086
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1721720
Review Article

Tubal Flushing Treatment for Unexplained Infertility

Nienke van Welie
1  Department of Reproductive Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
,
Artur Ludwin
2  Department of Gynecology and Oncology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
3  Ludwin and Ludwin Gynecology, Private Medical Center, Krakow, Poland
4  Centermed, Private Hospital and Clinic, Krakow, Poland
,
Wellington P. Martins
5  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ribeirao Preto Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
6  Reproductive Medicine, SEMEAR fertilidade, Ribeirao Preto/SP, Brazil
,
Velja Mijatovic
1  Department of Reproductive Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
,
Kim Dreyer
1  Department of Reproductive Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
› Author Affiliations
Funding V.M. reports receiving travel and research grants from Guerbet and research grants from IQ Medicals. K.D. reports receiving travel and speakers fees from Guerbet.

Abstract

Tubal patency testing was initially introduced as a diagnostic test. However, it has been observed that some tubal patency tests also have a therapeutic effect. This therapeutic effect can be influenced by the contrast medium used during tubal flushing. In this review, we discuss current evidence associated with different methods for tubal flushing and their potential impact on reproductive outcomes in women with unexplained infertility. Furthermore, we discuss their diagnostic accuracy, safety, and cost-effectiveness.



Publication History

Publication Date:
18 December 2020 (online)

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