Tubal flushing with oil-based or water-based contrast at hysterosalpingography for infertility: long-term reproductive outcomes of a randomized trial

Joukje van Rijswijk, Nienke van Welie, Kim Dreyer, Clarabelle T Pham, Harold R Verhoeve, Annemieke Hoek, Jan Peter de Bruin, Annemiek W Nap, Machiel H A van Hooff, Mariëtte Goddijn, Angelo B Hooker, Petra Bourdrez, Angelique J C M van Dongen, Ilse A J van Rooij, Henrike G M van Rijnsaardt-Lukassen, Ron J T van Golde, Cathelijne F van Heteren, Marie J Pelinck, Annette E J Duijn, Mesrure KaplanCornelis B Lambalk, Velja Mijatovic, Ben W J Mol

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OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of oil-based versus water-based contrast on pregnancy and live birth rates ≤5 years after hysterosalpingography (HSG) in infertile women.

DESIGN: A 5-year follow-up study of a multicenter randomized trial.

SETTING: Hospitals.

PATIENT(S): Infertile women with an ovulatory cycle, 18-39 years of age, and having a low risk of tubal pathology.

INTERVENTION(S): Use of oil-based versus water-based contrast during HSG.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Ongoing pregnancy, live births, time to ongoing pregnancy, second ongoing pregnancy.

RESULT(S): A total of 1,119 women were randomly assigned to HSG with oil-based contrast (n = 557) or water-based contrast (n = 562). After 5 years, 444 of 555 women in the oil group (80.0%) and 419 of 559 women in the water group (75.0%) had an ongoing pregnancy (relative risk [RR] 1.07; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.00-1.14), and 415 of 555 women in the oil group (74.8%) and 376 of 559 women in the water group (67.3%) had live births (RR 1.11; 95% CI 1.03-1.20). In the oil group, 228 pregnancies (41.1%) were conceived naturally versus 194 (34.7%) pregnancies in the water group (RR 1.18; 95% CI 1.02-1.38). The time to ongoing pregnancy was significantly shorter in the oil group versus the water group (10.0 vs. 13.7 months; hazard ratio, 1.25; 95% CI 1.09-1.43). No difference was found in the occurrence of a second ongoing pregnancy.

CONCLUSION(S): During a 5-year time frame, ongoing pregnancy and live birth rates are higher after tubal flushing with oil-based contrast during HSG compared with water-based contrast. More pregnancies are naturally conceived and time to ongoing pregnancy is shorter after HSG with oil-based contrast.

CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: Netherlands Trial Register (NTR) 3270 and NTR6577(www.trialregister.nl).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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